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Duke’s “Hot Tomato Summer” returns to Charleston

The annual 10-day celebration of mayo and tomatoes is the best way to kick off tomato season.

Three cheese pies made with tomatoes on a tray.

This sammy from La Farm Bakery has us dreaming of the tomato-mayo concoctions to come.

Photo courtesy of The Royal American

Tomatoes and mayo are an iconic southern pairing. For the fourth year, Duke’s Mayo is bringing back its celebration of that very duo — Hot Tomato Summer.

What is Hot Tomato Summer?

The 10-day event invites local restaurants to whip up their most creative recipes. The only rule? They must use Duke’s mayo and tomatoes.

When is it?

This year, Hot Tomato Summer will take place July 18-28, so stay tuned. Duke’s is currently accepting partnership applications from local restaurants.

How can I take part?

During the event, look out for mayo + tomato-themed specials on local menus. You’ll get the chance to vote online for your favorite dish to win the “Golden Tomato” award.

In the meantime, you can check out the previous year’s participating restaurants + Hot Tomato Summer merch. (Because we all need a mayo jar pool floatie.)

If you’re a restaurant interested in joining the fun, learn more by sending an email to Duke’s or signing up now.