Top Tomato Bloody Mary Contestants Announced

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Top Tomato Bloody Mary Tasting Contest will be held at the Chattanooga Market, inside the First Tennessee Pavilion, on Sunday, July 27, in conjunction with the Tomato Festival. Proceeds benefit the Blood Assurance Foundation.

As of Monday, the contestants competing for prizes are:

1. The Flying Squirrel

2. Terminal Brewhouse

3. Easy Bistro & Bar

4. Taco Mamacita

5. Community Pie

6. Beast + Barrel

7. The Honest Pint

8. Hair of the Dog Pub

9. Sheraton Read House - Porter’s Steakhouse

10. 212 Market Restaurant

11. Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar

12. Abuelo’s

Three more establishments are needed to round out the field.

Participants are vying to win the People’s Choice award and Top Tomato award. The People’s Choice award is decided upon by ticket purchasers who vote on which Bloody Mary they deem the best. Top Tomato will be decided upon by a panel of local celebrity judges. 5 tastings are a $20 donation. Non-alcoholic tastings will be available for a $5 donation. Tickets can be purchased at TopTomato.EventBrite.com.

The Blood Assurance Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established in 1999. It serves a 47 county region and supports the Crystal Green Memorial Scholarship fund, the Excellence in Education high school grant program, and Be the Match marrow registry.

For more information about its programs or to partner with the Blood Assurance Foundation, contact Linda Hisey, Executive Director of Media Relations & Development at 1 800 962-0628 or LindaHisey@BloodAssurance.org. More information can also be found at www.BloodAssurance.org/contribute.


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