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Barlowe vs. Flay, vs. hunger?

Clark Barlowe.
Clark Barlowe. File photo

Heirloom chef-owner Clark Barlowe will be on “Beat Bobby Flay,” in an Aug. 13 episode called “Sticking to Your Guns” on the Food Network.

The show airs at 10 p.m.; the restaurant will be open for drinks and communal watching.

The show’s premise pits two chefs against each other, creating a dish with an ingredient Flay specifies. One wins a chance to challenge Flay, with both cooking a signature dish of the challenger’s choice.

Barlowe (described in the network blurb only as a “farm to fork chef”) will be shown competing against “Italian chef” Peter McAndrews; he’s a Philadelphia-born chef/restaurateur known for the Italian fare of several restaurants (Modo Mio, Monsu, La Porta) in that area. Judges include the notable April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin), Madison Cowan and Andrew Carmellini.

‘Food for Change’

Next month, he’s slated to speak at the Sept. 17 “Food for Change,” the annual Charlotte conference put on by nonprofit Sow Much Good. That organization’s goal: Make healthy, affordable food available to communities now suffering from food insecurity. Keynote speaker: Co-CEO of Whole Foods Walter Robb. Tickets ($35 for breakfast and keynote address, $99 for all-day conference, $150 for VIP seats at all-day conference): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-for-change-featuring-keynote-by-walter-robb-co-ceo-whole-foods-market-tickets-17735264654?aff=es2

In between: Tomatoes!

The next Heirloom artisan dinner will focus on tomatoes: five courses, each focusing on a different variety, on Aug. 19 for $75; 704-595-7710.