Ten teams will compete Saturday to prepare food from Peachtree Farmers Market produce in the second annual "market mashup."
Four celebrity judges will decide the winner in creating dishes that combine each team's specialities in creative ways.
Proceeds from the event will help fund 2012 city permit fees and the police officer required by the city. "PRFM hopes to raise the $5,750 needed to cover these expenses so we can avoid raising vendor fees," a news release said.
“We have been working very closely with the city of Atlanta Planning Department and Office of Sustainability to carve out a place for farmers markets in the zoning codes," Lauren Carey, Peachtree Road Farmers Market manager, said in a statement. "We expect these new zoning amendments to go before City Council in October. Current city code doesn’t allow for farmers to sell their vegetables directly to customers in a farmer’s market environment. Without farmers markets these farmers and local food producers will not survive.”
A total of 250 tickets, permitting a tasting of all 10 dishes, will be for sale at $5 each starting at 9 a.m., according to a news release. The tasting will run from 10 to 11 a.m. or until sold out.
The celebrity judges include Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief of The New York Times and author of "Spoon Fed"; Christiane Lauterbach, dining critic of Atlanta magazine and Knife & Fork; Jennifer Zyman, editor, the Blissful Glutton and Eater Atlanta; and Emily Smith, CNN "Eatocracy" contributor.