We’ve had great tomatoes all season, but this little blast of heat to finish them for our Tomato Dinners this week couldn’t be sweeter. Here you go:

Tomato Dinners 2015

Wednesday, September 16, through Saturday, September 19

Antipasti: smaller items, soups, salads


Tasting of this September’s best tomatoes

Salad of heirloom tomatoes with eggplant crema, Armenian cucumber, Piccolo Fino basil, and Fiore Sardo Pecorino cheese

Crudo of local king salmon with tomato gelée, fresh Cayenne pepper, Brentwood corn, and mint

Millefoglie of Early Girl tomato and salt-roasted beets with burrata cheese

Chilled tomato and shellfish consommé with peeled cherry tomatoes, trout roe, and sea urchin



Sformatino of house-made ricotta cheese with grappa-tomato sugo

‘Otto file’ corn-crusted fried green tomatoes with Georgia white shrimp and shellfish remoulade

Open-faced BLT of house-cured bacon and Early Girl tomatoes, and brioche

Soup: vellutata of roasted heirloom tomatoes and Jimmy Nardello peppers with grilled crostino and garlic oil



Spaghetti all’amatriciana

Ravioli of burrata cheese with chunky tomato sugo

Acquerello Carnaroli rice risotto of Fort Bragg sea urchin, tomato, and green coriander

Radiatore alla trapanese

Potato gnocchi with ragù of Sicilian fennel sausage, tomato, and fennel pollen

Sun-dried tomato pappardelle with “concentrated” cherry tomatoes, Gorgonzola cheese, prosciutto, and walnuts

Red winter wheat penne alla bolognese



Mole of Devil’s Gulch rabbit with Otto File hominy and salsa fresca

Cioppino of chilipepper rock cod, shrimp, squid, clams, and mussels with tomato aïoli and grilled crostino

Bread pudding of tomato, Brentwood corn, summer savory, and Parmesan cheese with arugula salad

Brasato of tomato-glazed pork shank with fresh Cannellini beans and Lacinato kale

Charcoal-grilled pigeon with pancetta-wrapped tomatoes

Charcoal-grilled ribeye with panzanella of tomato, eggplant, and Parmesan cheese; old aceto balsamico



Green tomato-apple tarte Tatin

Hawaiian Pineapple tomato cheesecake

Latticello with Early Girl tomato granita

Medley of tomato sorbetti

Bittersweet chocolate cake with Sungold tomato caramel and vanilla bean ice cream


Dirty Girl will be providing us with its dry-farmed Early Girls; Riverdog and Full Belly with cherry tomatoes and heirlooms like German Red Strawberry tomatoes. Other interesting varieties will be procured from Martin Bournhonesque, Blue Egg, and Catalan Farms.