Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival (a benefit for Georgia Organics)

The “Attack” is back by popular demand. Due to its continued success in 2012, JCT. Kitchen & Bar is hosting another celebration of the South’s best chefs, farmers and mixologists, who will join forces to benefit Georgia Organics in the JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. The festival will once again be held at JCT. Kitchen & Bar and will spread out over the pedestrian bridge that connects the two sides of Westside Provisions District to feature 35+ chef participants, 14 mixologist participants, and 30+ farmers. The event will also include live music from The Spazmatics and local chef band Five Bone Rack.

Each featured chef is paired with a local farmer to create a tomato dish for attendees to sample, while the featured mixologists stir up their own signature tomato cocktails. Festival goers and high-profile judges – Garden & Gun Deputy Editor Dave Mezz, James Beard Award-winning authors Matt and Ted Lee, Food & Wine Associate Food Editor Daniel Gritzer, Esquire restaurant features writer John Mariani – will vote for their favorite dishes and beverages.

Last year, both the judges and attendees crowned Donald Sargent of Morelli’s Ice Cream top tomato. Paul Calvert of Pura Vida was recognized by the judges for his cocktail while attendees chose the one crafted by Miles Macquarrie of Leon’s Full Service.

The festivities also will include food writer, stylist and photographer Angie Mosier and registered dietician, author and food journalist Carolyn O’Neil as co-masters of ceremonies. Sponsors include Crop Organic Vodka, Farmer’s Botanical Small Batch Organic Gin, Ole Smoky Moonshine, paQui Tequila, Wild Heaven Craft Beers, Melwood Springs and Georgia Crown Distributing Co.

Ticket Information:

Only 1400 tickets will be available for attendees. Last year’s festival raised close to $26,000 for Georgia Organics. If you like to plan ahead and save a few dollars, tickets are now on sale.

$55 for general public

$50 Georgia Organic members

Tickets purchased after July 1st are $70 for everyone.

Please only RSVP if you have actually purchased a ticket.

Participating chefs:

  • Jay Swift, 4th & Swift
  • David Larkworthy, 5 Seasons Brewing Company
  • Brett Ashcraft, Abattoir
  • Gerry Klaskala, Aria
  • Andy Carson and Carla Tomasko, Bacchanalia
  • Lance Gummere of Bantam + Biddy
  • Carvel Grant Gould, Canoe
  • Ryan Smith, Empire State South
  • Whitney Otawka, Farm 255
  • Dan Latham and Cameron Thompson, Farm Burger
  • Todd Immel, Floataway Café
  • Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow
  • E.J. Hodgkinson, JCT. Kitchen & Bar
  • Taria Camerino, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, No. 246 and The Optimist
  • Joe Schafer, King + Duke
  • Brent Banda, La Tavola Trattoria
  • Eric Ottensmeyer, Leon’s Full Service
  • Zeb Stevenson, Livingston Restaurant + Bar and Proof and Provision
  • Chris Hall, Local Three
  • Steven Satterfield, Miller Union
  • Drew Belline, No. 246
  • Andrew Smith and Scotley Innis, Ormsby’s
  • Adam Evans, The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist
  • Nick Rutherford and Molly Gunn of The Porter
  • Kevin Rathbun, Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Krog Bar and KR SteakBar
  • Ron Eyester, Rosebud and The Family Dog
  • Scott Serpas, Serpas True Food
  • Drew Van Leuvan, Seven Lamps
  • Jenny Levison and Jessica Hanners, Souper Jenny
  • Cooper Miller, Southbound
  • Robert Elliott, Sprig
  • Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria del Sol
  • Tyler Williams, Woodfire Grill

Participating mixologists:

  • Kevin Bragg, 4th and Swift
  • Ryan McLaughlin, Abattoir
  • Kellie Thorn, Empire State South
  • Jerry Slater and Callie Schlosser, H. Harper Station
  • Eduardo Guzman, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist
  • Miles Macquarrie, Leon’s Full Service
  • Stuart White, Miller Union
  • Paul Calvert, Paper Plane and Victory Sandwich Bar
  • Nate Shuman, Proof and Provision
  • Andy Minchow, Ration & Dram
  • Arianne Fielder, Seven Lamps
  • Navarro Carr, Sound Table
  • Brian Stanger, Woodfire Grill


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  • Bill

    Had a delightful time sampling the many dishes and drinks available throughout the event. It was crowded, but the weather came through with no rain. Sorry we didn't meet up with the other members.

    July 21, 2013

  • Bill

    Awesome event.

    July 21, 2013

  • Frances

    Is anyone interested in meeting in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, or Dunwoody to carpool?

    July 18, 2013

    • Frances

      Hey Ivy. If you are still interested in carpooling let's meet at the Whole Foods at the intersection of Roswell Road and Hammond at 12:30.

      July 21, 2013

    • Ivy H.

      oh, I just saw this. I'm not going to make it in time to meet you, but I will see you at the festival.

      July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everybody - looking forward to tomorrow! I am carpooling with Bill but it hasn't been determined yet whether he'll be picking me up from work or from home. Remember to bring your tickets! I have no doubt that we will all run into one another there.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kathy, I got confirmation today that the ticket price does include all food and drinks and, of course, the live music.

    April 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good to know. Thank u.

      April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kathy, I e-mailed Georgia Organics yesterday but have not yet heard back from them. This is a charity event and my understanding is that the ticket price covers live music and sampling of food and beverages to be voted on. If I find out more, I'll let you know.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's included with the ticket?

    April 16, 2013

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