Saturday, July 18, 2009

Summer Time in the Bay Area Means Tomatoes!!

I look forward to this time of year all year-round... "when are those Early Girls getting here??" Now people! (well almost) And in celebration, California Table and Melissa Claire (chef extraordinaire and host of the monthly Thursday night dinners at Cafe Velo Rouge) are joining together to give YOU a Tomato Feast~ A prix-fixe menu showcasing heirloom varietals, Early Girls, sweet cherry tomatoes, golds... on and on. All food will be brought in from local farmers, because well, we can do that here in the bay area.

The night will start off with a few tabled apps for you to munch on (um, with tomatoes, of course) and some bubbles to sip. Everyone will then move to the dinner tables to begin their feast. Mostly the food will be family style, so git yer social bug on... while some things we feel deserve their own plates so will be served individually. Cost for this occasion is $55, with wine pairing offered from our wine rep for an additional $30. Sign up on to join us!


Early Girl Gazpacho Shots

Oven-Dried Tomato Pesto
local sheep cheese, crostinis

Family Style Dinner

Heirloom Tomatoes
purslane, basil, ricotta salata, sea salt

fried green tomato, bacon, arugula, tomato aioli

Herbed-Ricotta Gnocchi
charred cherry tomatoes, chervil

Tomato-Braised Beef Roast
corn polenta, baby carrots, oven-dried tomatoes


Sundried Tomato Compote
over vanilla bean ice cream, wafers