I’m not going to run down all that we sampled food-wise (my favorite bite was that squishy chivey biscuit filled with tomato, bacon, greens, and a quail egg from Canoe restaurant). And, hey, couple notes-to-self for next year: 1) Don’t go with a hangover; 2) Don’t wear anything thicker than a slip of gauze; 3) Escape to Octane or Ormsby’s or some other cool, dark place for a breather after you’ve made the rounds, then return for the final music set and announcement of food and drink winners; and 4) Don’t wait to read the program until you’re back in your car. Otherwise you won’t know that the silver-haired guy who you thought looked like food writer John Mariani really was frickin’ John Mariani (one of this year’s food judges).
Here are few of my favorite moments from this weekend’s festivities, plus a few gripes, and wishes for the 2013 event (assuming there is one):
Seeing the Get-your-picture-taken-with-Santa setup in the dining room at JCT. Of course it was sweaty Santa, but still. Genius idea.
Four tomato stars to whoever changed the layout so the restaurant tables spread out to the area across the bridge. Much more room to maneuver and catch a breeze. And walking over the trains passing below is fun, too.
Hey, organizers. You got the actor who played Mason Dixon in the original “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” movie to be a food judge? Oh, snap.
Way to represent the ATL. Some three dozen standout restaurants participated and a dozen mixologists joined in with some signature sippers. Not that I could sample any (see “hangover” above).
Please always have the delightful food writer and photographer Angie Mosier keep the party going. No one introduces a food event or a ”rawk” band better.
Please tell restaurant participants that when a festival-goer is struggling to tell you that your dish is, uh, really interesting and tasty (when it really kinda blows), the appropriate response is “Thank you” and not “I know, sir. We’re well aware of that. We made it.”
I know restaurants are trying to impress but is this really the time to be fussy? When you tell an eager person waiting in the hot sun not to reach for a seemingly ready appetizer until you add “just one more component” and that component is a thin, clear, trembling thread of tomato gelée, you win the most pretentious presenter award.
More places to sit, please. A tent for shade would be nice. Maybe as we’re all waiting in line to get into the event? Maybe one in the courtyard inside? That is, if it’s not too much trouble, please.
Will someone please provide those adorable Spazmatics with some cover next year? I love the band’s bouncy energy but I was pained watching them flailing around to “What I Like About You” and “Blister in the Sun” dressed in polyester and exposed to the harsh summer rays.
More floor fans or other contraptions to facilitate air flow, please. Or just give those nice Georgia Organics ladies some squirt guns to spritz the crowds.
Or, don’t change a damn thing. I’ll be back.
Breakfast with Santa, something great for the kids.
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Where can you buy caul fat?
This looks amazing. However, I see a bell pepper on the counter, and bell pepper…
Love pork belly.
Some food just doesn't photograph well, even if it is tasty.