Iron Barley Wants Your Tomatoes

Jul 23, 2010 at 10:00 am
Expecting a bumper tomato crop this year? Iron Barley (5510 Virginia Avenue; 314-351-4500) wants you for the restaurant's annual Tomato Fest on Sunday, August 22.

"Right now we are in the process of finding, more or less, a farmers' market -- farmers, art and craft booths," says manager Gen Coghill.

$35 gets you a booth at the festival to sell tomatoes and other home-grown produce. The entry fees, along with the rest of the money raised through food sales at the festival, will be donated to Lift for Life Gym. Reserve a booth by contacting the restaurant no later than August 15.

The Tomato Fest isn't just about buying produce. Nor will it be about building the world's largest BLT, as the restaurant did last year. This year will feature lots of tomato-based competitions: contests for who can eat the most BLTs, make the best tomato dish, create awesome tomato art and grow the oddest-shaped tomato as well as which kid can make the best tomato recipe without adult assistance.

And since it's Iron Barley, there will be plenty of live music and a menu filled with owner/chef Tom Coghill's tomato creations.

The night before, celebrate tomatoes in style at the Tomato Ball. The $75 tickets include a sit-down dinner, wine and beer and door prizes, with live music from Big Bamou and the Baker McClem Band.

Iron Barley Tomato Ball
Saturday, August 21, 6-10 p.m.
$75, benefiting Lift for Life
5510 Virginia Avenue

Iron Barley Tomato Fest

Sunday, August 22, 1-7 p.m.
Located in front of the restaurant.