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Duke’s “Hot Tomato Summer” is coming to Raleigh

The annual 10-day celebration mayo and tomatoes is expanding to Raleigh for the first time this year.

A lettuce and tomato sandwich on thick bread from La Farm Bakery.

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

Photo by La Farm Bakery

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.

Celebrated in Richmond, Greenville, Charlotte, and Charleston in the past, 2024 marks the first year for Raleigh to join the lineup.

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. Anything from the classic BLT to a creamy cocktail is fair game, and in the end, winning restaurants will take home the “Golden Tomato” award.

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.

In the meantime, you can check out previous year’s 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.

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