Last night, my wife Susan and I enjoyed the first Zely and Ritz tomato dinner of the summer. As always, it was wonderful - you can find the dates and menu at the link here.
The selection of tomatoes varies year to year, dinner to dinner, depending upon availability. Last night the heirloom tomato plate contained Kellogg's Breakfast, Copia, Cherokee Purple, Aunt Ruby's German Green and German Johnson; all were colorful, attractive, in perfect condition - and delicious - and all were distinctly different!
Kellogg's Breakfast is an heirloom from Darrell Kellogg in Michigan; Cherokee Purple is a tomato I named (having received it from J D Green as an unnamed variety in 1990), Aunt Ruby's German Green hails from Ruby Arnold in Tennessee via Bill Minkey of Wisconsin (and apparently has no known link to Germany!), German Johnson is perhaps the only authentic North Carolina heirloom (and we know essentially nothing of its lineage), and Copia is a fairly recent creation, found and named by Jeff Dawson of California, and likely a bee-induced natural cross between Green Zebra and Marvel Striped.
Other tomatoes made appearances in the various courses, such as Black Cherry and Sungold. I hope to attend the events on July 18 and July 31. Do consider signing up for and attending one of these fine dinners. Sarig is a masterful chef, and his wife, Nancy, a wine wizard. This is the 8th year of these very special tomato dinners.