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Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual  JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

ATLANTA (June 14, 2013) – Join Chef Ford Fry as he hosts the fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 21 from 1-5 p.m. This year, more than 40 of the South’s top chefs along with 15 skilled mixologists and over 30 farmers are teaming up to create the tastiest tomato concoctions and to help raise money for Georgia Organics.

“Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is absolutely one of my favorite events,” says Ford Fry, owner/chef of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist. “I love seeing the creativity of all the participants and I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s crop of talent comes up with,” he adds.

Tickets are now on sale for $55 per person and $50 for Georgia Organics members and can be purchased online through Xorbia. Starting Monday, July 1, all ticket prices will increase to $70 per person. A total of 1,400 tickets are available for attendees. Last year’s festival brought in close to $26,000 for Georgia Organics.

Mellow Mushroom unveils 'High on Thai' menu

Mellow Mushroom unveils 'High on Thai' menu

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will run a special Thailand-themed promotion through July 14.

The "High on Thai" menu features several dishes with the bold, spicy and sweet components of Thai cuisine.

It includes a new appetizer, a "Big Buddha" salad, two hoagies, a dessert and, of course, a pizza -- Thai Dye, which features an olive oil and garlic base, mozzarella cheese, yellow curry, chicken, onions, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh basil and sweet chili sauce.

"Summer is the perfect time to enjoy both the freshest of ingredients and traditional Thai flavors like ginger, lime, curry, cilantro, basil, coconut and more," Mellow Mushroom VP of brand development Annica Kreider said in a statement.

See the entire High on Thai menu and find your nearest Mellow Mushroom at mellowmushroom.com.

Dunwoody Restaurant Week begins June 22

Dunwoody Restaurant Week begins June 22

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The second annual Dunwoody Restaurant Week will be held June 22-29 at eateries across the city.

Restaurant Week gives local restaurants the opportunity to share their fare with wider audiences by offering prix-fixe menus with preset prices, ranging from $10 to $30.

Participating locations include McKendrick's Steak House, McCormick & Schmick's, Dunwoody Bistro, Mimi's Cafe, Vino Venue, O'Brian's Tavern, Chuy's, Eclipse di Luna and Sage Woodfire Tavern.

For more information and a complete list, visit cvbdunwoody.com.

Calif. Pizza Kitchen raises money for Boston victims

Calif. Pizza Kitchen raises money for Boston victims

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- California Pizza Kitchen is doing its part to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Through Thursday, June 6, customers are invited to bring a fundraising flyer to any California Pizza Kitchen restaurant. Those who do will have 20 percent of their checks donated to The One Fund.

The flyer can be found at cpk.com/fundraiser.

Georgia has California Pizza Kitchen locations at Atlantic Station, Lenox Square and Perimeter, as well as Alpharetta, East Cobb and Norcross.

Chipotle offers BOGO special for teachers

Chipotle offers BOGO special for teachers

ATLANTA -- Chipotle Mexican Grill is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day by offering buy-one-get-one menu items for educators.

On Tuesday, May 7, a teacher who shows a valid school ID at any U.S. Chipotle restaurant will receive a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad or order of tacos when they buy another menu item.

The promotion is available from 4 p.m. to close.

"We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food. This means going beyond our commitment to better food from more sustainable ingredients and working hard to engrain our restaurants in the communities that they serve," Chipotle communications director Chris Arnold said in a statement. "Connecting with educators and other key community groups is part of who we are, and we're always happy when our work makes an impact upon the communities where we operate."

Marlow's Tavern brings the Big Easy to Atlanta

Marlow's Tavern brings the Big Easy to Atlanta

ATLANTA – Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood restaurant, Marlow’s Tavern, is bringing NOLA to ATL with its annual “Bayou ‘n Bourbon” menu full of cuisine from the Deep South. Starting on Tuesday, February 12 through Monday, March 25, all Atlanta-area tavern locations are featuring the menu full of jazzed up dishes and classic cocktails that will take diners taste buds on a trip to the Big Easy.

“The flavors of New Orleans are distinct and irresistible, much like the chef-driven food and hand-crafted cocktails found on our everyday menu,” says John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern. “We want our guests to experience Louisiana cooking with a Marlow’s twist,” he adds.

The “Bayou ‘n Bourbon” menu includes the following dishes which are offered daily for lunch and dinner through the next six weeks: