Food and Drink

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato Dinners

We’re seeing a delicious dining trend emerging.

Tomatoes are popping up on the menu at restaurants and special events around town.

Slow Food Kansas City is celebrating tomatoes with its Just-Off-the-Vine dinner at Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery on July 27. Chef Jasper Mirabile will be preparing gazpacho, fresh mozzarella, summer pasta and a ricotta and tomato tart. The evening also features a tour of the vineyard and the Slow Food Ark of Taste Gardens, plus you’ll get a lesson on local tomato varieties and recipes to make at home.

Slow Food KC and Mirabile will also be on hand for the Brookside Tomato Festival at the Brookside Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Aug. 2, where the chef will demonstrate cooking with tomatoes and prepare fresh mozzarella. Ten farmers are featuring their tastiest tomatoes, so you can continue the fun at home.

Love tomatoes? Check out the offerings at the Brookside Farmers’ Market. Photo via Brookside Farmers’ Market’s Facebook page.

One of the most prominent local tomato growers, Kurlbaum Farm, is partnering with Slow Food KC (yes, they really, really love tomatoes) for a dining event on August 3. The meal, which includes a salad of heirloom tomatoes as well as prime rib and a dessert, will be held in the property’s farmhouse. Proceeds benefit Harvesters Reaching the Nations and Slow Food philanthropies.

Beer Kitchen is naturally pairing Kurlbaum tomatoes with beer during a delicious five-course meal on August 4. The dinner starts with tomato-bacon ratatouille and Jolly Pumpkin Artist Ales’ Calabaza Blanca before advancing to heritage farms pig in a box with sticky rice and a tomato uzu glaze and Cambridge Brewing Co.’s Sgt. Pepper brew and finishing with a marshmallow ice cream sandwich (and Deschutes Obsidian Diesel).

Kurlbaum tomatoes are also on the menu at Michael Smith on August 14. While the details haven’t been shared yet, you’re going to want to go ahead and make your reservation now. The annual dinner sells out fast and is not to be missed.

Gram & Dun is getting in on the action with an Heirloom Tomato Social on August 17, featuring samples of dishes made using locally produced tomatoes from the culinary teams at Gram & Dun and Urban Table. The $50 per person social includes five educational stations, a tomato cocktail, recipes and an opportunity to shop with local vendors.