Monday, September 9, 2013

La Tomatina Festival at Jaleo

I love tomatoes!  I'm obsessed with the menu.  Every dish is absolutely delicious.  My favorite was the gazpacho, but the heirloom tomato salad is a close second.

To celebrate summer’s plentiful tomato harvest, Jaleo announces the return of La Tomatina Festival to be held at all three locations.  Through September 15th, José Andrés and the culinary team at Jaleo will host the two-week long event with special dishes and a unique cocktail that incorporate the ripest and juiciest tomatoes. This lively festival is inspired by the famous tomato battle that takes place annually in Buñol, Spain.

ThinkFoodGroup’s Cocktail Innovator, Juan Coronado, is also presenting the enticing tomato-based cocktail, La Magdalena, made with white ale, tomato water and lime, garnished with a lime wheel and cumin salted half-rim. This special Tomatina libation is priced at $10.

La Tomatina Festival Specials

Ajo Blanco de Piñones con Sorbete de Tomate y Tomatitos Caramelizados

White gazpacho of pine nuts with tomato sorbet


Ensalada de Tomates de Temporada con Queso Valdeón

Heirloom tomato salad with Valdeón cheese

Pulpo a la Plancha con Puré de Cebolleta y Tomates Confitados

Seared Spanish octopus with caramelized tomatoes and green onion purée


Bonito con Salsa de Tomate

Spanish ‘bonito’ with heirloom tomato sauce


Tarta de Tomates con Paleta Ibérica de Bellota

Tomato tart with cured ham from acorn-fed black-footed pigs


Sorbete de Tomates y Fresas con Espuma de Yogur

Tomato and strawberry sorbet with yogurt ‘espuma’


La Tomatina is a 69 year-old Spanish tradition that takes place the last Wednesday of August in the small town of Buñol. The epic food fight begins when more than 300,000 pounds of ripe tomatoes arrive to the center of the town at the Plaza de Pueblo. Thousands of people then gather each year to participate in this wild batalla as the delicious seasonal treats become missiles leaving everyone and everything splattered with tomato pulp. For those that want to enjoy the spirit of the festival without all the mess, Jaleo will be offering plenty of chances to celebrate La Tomatina with an assortment of special menu items that are listed below.

Under the direction of Chef José Andrés, Jaleo is an award-winning tapas bar with three locations in the Washington metro area. Jaleo is located at 480 7th Street NW in Washington, DC, (202) 628-7949; at 7271 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, (301) 913-0003 and at 2250-A Crystal Drive in Arlington, Virginia, (703) 413-8181. For more information please visit the website,

* This information was provided by a representative of the restaurant.
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