In its third year, TomorrowWorld in Chattahoochee Hills, GA turned into a rainy mess, with waves of mud clogging roads, parking lots and most areas around the electronic dance music festival site.
On Sunday, the announcement came that due to safety concerns, TomorrowWorld would be be accessible only to visitors currently camping onsite, all daily parking fields would be closed, and shuttles would not be operating.
In the the midst of the weekend's fun and chaos, Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie and chefs from his Red Beard Restaurants group were operating a new TomorrowWorld food experience partnership, headlined under Tomorrow’s Table.
Gillespie’s acclaimed Glenwood Park restaurant, Gunshow , and Reviva l, his new upscale Southern restaurant, which opened in Decatur in July, were in the mix, along with his pop-up/catering, whole-hog barbecue concept, Terminus City.
On Saturday night, at the festival’s sit-down restaurant experience overlooking the main stage, Gillespie and company presented what was billed as "an intimate, seated 10-course dinner."
Based on the multi-cultural chef creations at Gunshow, the dishes were served family style, adding to an experience that was loud and lively, with many at the table dressed in full TomorrowWorld regalia.
The ten courses included:
1. Southern mezze platter. 2. Kung Pao sweetbreads and Brussels sprouts. 3. Spice roasted catfish with charred scallions grits and Funions. 4. Grilled octopus panzanella with fried bologna. 5. Pork skin risotto. 6. Smoked chicken thighs with mushrooms and Alabama white barbecue sauce. 7. Grilled pork loin with smoked apple butter and fried okra. 8. Churrasco beef with chile toreados and chimichurri. 9. Asher bleu cheese with truffle honey pears and walnuts. 10. Tasting of Callebaut chocolate.
After dinner, Gillespie, who lives in nearby Serenbe, said the site presented a host of challenges, including a cramped tent kitchen situated below a hillside. But his team responded to pull the dinner off with grace and style. And they were there again the next day, doing a traditional Southern Sunday supper from Revival.
"God help us," Gillespie said in a text message on Sunday.
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