For anyone who has never attended one of these, let me describe what it's like....and why you might want to give it a try! The facility (which is upstairs in the Southern Season store) is state of the art - just a perfect set up. At the front of the room will be Marilyn (who chose the menu, demonstrates how to cook the array of dishes (all of them focusing on tomatoes), Alex Hitt (owner of Peregrine Farms) and me. While Marilyn describes the different dishes and cooks them, Alex and I will talk about tomatoes using Power Point slides that are displayed on large flat screen monitors above the cooking area (when not showing slides, a camera focuses on what Marilyn is up to with the food prep). Alex will talk about growing great tomatoes on a farm, describing varieties and his methods. I will alternate with him and discuss what I've learned through the years about heirloom tomatoes; this year I plant to focus on different flavors, colors, shapes and sizes, and how we use the different types.
Throughout the class the different dishes are served to everyone in the class at your seat - often accompanied by an appropriate wine. I hope to be able to bring some different tomatoes to taste as well. The food is always superb, the class interesting, and loads of information is shared....there is plenty of time for the many questions that typically come to mind.
These classes are among my favorite opportunities to talk tomatoes. The price is very reasonable for the experience that you receive. I've been told by Marilyn that there are a few spaced remaining.....so click the link above, register...and we will see you there!