Sep. 5th, 2008

figarofigaro1: (laughing)

Lots of dinners and other amusements. Details behind the cut. )

figarofigaro1: (lobster picnic)
The First Annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Featuring Tomatoes from Mara and Spencer Welton of Half Pint Farm


Treats from the Kitchen
(these included an open-faced BLT, a tomato cheese fritter, and something else I cannot remember)
Renard, A Rosé of Grenache, Syrah & Viognier, California, 2007
Meulenhof, Kabinett Reisling, Mosel-Saar, Germany, 2007

Many-Tomato Salad with KTB Garden Basil and Olive Oil
Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Sparkling Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc, Vouvray, Loire France, NV

Seared Scallop, Cherry Tomato Relish, Tomato Gnocchi, Warm Tomato-Tarragon Vinaigrette
M. Chapoutier, Grenache & Syrah, Cotes-du_rhone, France, 20006

Steak & Tomatoes - Grilled Vermont Beef Tenderloin, Tomato-Shallot Jam, Tomato-Potato Salad, Tomato Reduction
Cline Cellars, Mourvedre, "Ancient Vines", Contra Costa County, California, 2006

Tomato Tart with Honey Ice Cream and Balsamic Drizzle
Hopler, "Noble Reserve Reisling", "Trockenbeerenauslese", Burgenland, Austria, 2001


It was a fantastic meal. There were many varieties of tomatoes (I wish I'd remembered to note the number) and something like 150 pounds of tomatoes delivered for the dinner. Mara and Spencer were so excited and it came through in their talking about the tomatoes and then after dinner hanging out talking with us. It was a grand success.

Later, discussing our favorite dishes both just B and me and later with others who were at the dinner, the Steak and Tomatoes dish was almost everyone's favorite, and the Tomato Tart stood out as an unusual and satisfying dessert. The wines were grand and the KTB staff does extremely well with the challenge of serving an entire restaurant each course in sequence at the same time. The fact that they are generous with the wine pairings during the pauses helps make each special dinner there a delight.

I hope "First Annual" means there will be more, and that we'll have a seat at the next ones!

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