Relishing Heirloom Tomatoes

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Colorful, delicious heirloom tomatoes are one of the region’s most spectacular late summer treasures. Food lovers will be pleased to know that there are two events coming up that celebrate flavorful, juicy heirloom tomatoes.

A Celebration of Summer
Presented by: Slow Food Sacramento

Slow Fooders and guests will be “celebrating the bounties of summer” on Sunday, August 30th at Grange Restaurant & Bar. The event, which features an heirloom tomato tasting, also includes a three-course “summer-centric” lunch crafted by Grange chef Michael Touhy. Suzanne Peabody Ashworth, owner of local Del Rio Botanical farm and a gifted seed-saver, will be on hand to share gardening tips and speak about her farm. Tomatoes tasted during the event will be grown by Ashworth, and participants will receive a packet of heirloom seeds from her collection.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://slowfoodsacramento.com
Date: Sunday August 30th
Time: 2pm to 4:30pm
Location: Grange Restaurant & Bar (in the Citizen Hotel), 926 J Street, Sacramento
Tickets: $40 for Slow Food Members; $45 for non-members – includes tax and tip

Savoring Heirloom Tomatoes
Presented by:The UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science

The RMI is hosting a unique event on Saturday, September 26th focusing on heirloom tomatoes – from three very different expert perspectives.

Retired UC Davis sensory scientist and flavor chemist Dr. Ann Noble, internationally renowned for her invention of the wine aroma wheel (www.winearomawheel.com), will lend her extraordinary nose and talents to assist participants in an exploration of the distinct sensory qualities of heirloom tomatoes.

Dr. Clare Hasler, Executive Director of the Robert Mondavi Institute and international authority on “functional foods” (foods that provide specific health benefits that may reduce risk of chronic disease) will speak about heirloom tomatoes as a “superfood” for optimal health.

Thaddeus Barsotti, farm manager of local Capay Organic farm (http://www.farmfreshtoyou.com) and a grower of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, will share with participants how he cultivates these marvelous fruits and what makes them so special. Attendees will be able to taste a wide array of Barsotti’s distinctive, colorful tomatoes.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/78181
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Time: Registration begins at 12:30pm; Event is from 1pm to 5pm
Location: Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater, Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building
Tickets: $75 ($65 for UC Davis affiliates)
Contact: Karin Hiolle, (530) 754-6349; khiolle@ucdavis.edu