Answer: Jay Swift, Anne Quatrano, Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings, Kevin Gillespie, Bruce Logue. Question: Who are just a few of the awesome chef’s showing up at this years Attack of The Killer Tomato Festival?
Yes ladies and gents … it is that time again. Thanks to the good folks over at Georgia Organics, the Killer Tomatoes are back. Just like last year, the event will land at the Westside Urban Market, home to places like JCT Kitchen and Star Provisions. From 1pm – 5pm on Sunday August 8th, you’ll be able to indulge yourself in a sea of all things red.
Anywho, let’s call this spontaneous and somewhat off the cuff commentary on some very thought provoking pieces to hit our fiber optic cables in recent months. The true impetus to this diatribe of mine (of which I have many), is the well thought out soapboxing (her words, not mine) by Tami Hardeman. Entitled Please Blog Responsibly, I hope that people find this a companion piece to her work, as we are both after the same thing (just in very different ways). While Tami has a very different perspective on the restaurant criticism in this crazy blogosphere, her request for thoughtful participation is of the highest order.
Running with Tweezers (link), Tami Hardeman’s blog, is one of the biggest Atlanta food blogs around. Her pictures are worthy of food porn status (she’s a food stylist btw), and her writing is energetic and tantalizing. At her core, Tami is a recipe hound, so if you’re looking for some creative way to throw together some ingredients … she’s your gal.
As bloggers, we all try and do something to stand out. Creative juices flow and the result are things like Tami’sEat On 30, Jimmy’s pizza thang, and Kessler’s new found 30 in 30 (note: that’s a link to twitter and it should fill in as the days pass). Those all require a lot of work, heavy organizational skills, and a lot of time. I wanted to go for something a little more lighthearted and a little less time intensive.
As a result, starting this week, I’ll be running the first post in a series I’m tagging as “Inside The Chef’s Kitchen.” Though the name isn’t super original, many of you may make the immediate connection to the über cool Bravo TV show – Inside the Actors Studio. At the end of each episode, host James Lipton prods his guest into answering the following questions:
1. What is your favorite word? 2. What is your least favorite word? 3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 4. What turns you off? 5. What is your favorite curse word? 6. What sound or noise do you love? 7. What sound or noise do you hate? 8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 9. What profession would you not like to do? 10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Borrowed from French talk show host Bernard Pivot, the list is essentially a twice removed take on the Proust Questionnaire (wiki). Using that as the inspiration, I’m going to track down a few chefs from the Atlanta area (and nearby), and put them to the task (with a modified list of course!) Hopefully, I’ll be able to do this every Friday … so we’ll see how long I can stick to that. You’ll be able to follow the action on the blog or via my twitter account using the hash tag #itck. Meanwhile, if you’re a chef or if you know a chef, feel free to contact me! I can always use the people.
Running With Tweezers and her #EatOn30 cronies aren’t the only people trying to raise awareness of the current state of the food system. Turns out, the one and only Sarah Silverman has also thrown in her 2 cents. As luck would have it, Sarah has solved the problem of world hunger. All we need to do is convince ole Benedict XVI, aka his royal Pope-ness, to sell the Vatican. I like it!
BTW, if you get offended easily, find course language inappropriate, or just plain don’t like Sarah … you may want to skip on down the road to some of the other content on the site! Cheers ya’ll!
In these tough economic times, there is nothing like a good, budget conscious foodie whosiewhatsit to keep you on your toes. Earlier this year, Running With Tweezers decided to try and eat for an entire week on a budget of just $30. Well, she’s back at it again, and this time, with quite a bit of help from people like The Broke Socialite (website), Trouble with Toast (website), and Eat It Atlanta (website).
Before we get ahead of yourself, please read the thoughtful post she put together. It will give you some much needed perspective on the event. You can follow the full details over at RWT or on twitter at #Eaton30. Unfortunately, I have to many business lunches next week to participate … sucks!!!!!