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Amada celebrates Spanish tomato-tossing fest with an heirloom tasting menu

Chef Jose Garces is hosting a food fight. Well, sort of. From Wednesday, August 18 to Wednesday, August 25, his Spanish restaurant Amada will celebrate the world’s largest food fight festival:  Spain’s annual La Tomatina, which takes place in Buñol, a town outside of Valencia. During the Buñol festival, folks toss more than 150,000 tomatoes at each other in honor of the town’s patron saints (something I never learned about in Catholic school). Fear not—you won’t be greeted with a tomato to the face at Amada’s version of La Tomatina. They’re classing up the celebration with a $55 Heirloom Tomato Tasting Menu. The four-course menu will include tapas like the Tomate Coca, a Manchego cheese, tomato sofriget sauce, and herb-marinated heirloom tomato-topped crispy flatbread (pictured). Reservations are recommended.

Amada, 217 Chestnut Street, 215-625-2450