For the last five years James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley has been teaming up with farmer Bob McClendon for an annual celebration of the heirloom tomato. The dinners highlight summer's most versatile fruit with multi-course menus that have featured up to 15 different varieties of tomatoes.
Earlier this summer the chef and farmer hosted the fifth Annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner but if you missed it, you're in luck. Chef Binkley has added a second heirloom tomato dinner to the schedule later this month.
The four-course Heirloom Tomato dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30 at Bink's Scottsdale. The dinner costs $48 a person with beverage pairings available for an additional $22 per person. The beverages include wine selections as well as an original, tomato-inspired cocktail.
Here's the menu:
bacon, lettuce, toasted bread, avocado, pickled peppers, mayonnaise
vegetables raw/frozen/dried, basil, mozzarella curds, brioche, olive oil ice cream
BBQ tomatoes, dill pickle tomatoes, drunken ranch beans
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vanilla tomatoes, pistachio crumble, herbs, balsamic sorbet
If you've always wanted to attend this annual summer event, this is a great opportunity. The Heirloom Tomato Dinner usually costs $98 a person (though that's for six-courses, rather than four) and is held in Cave Creek as opposed to central Scottsdale.
As always, space is limited for the dinner event. For a reservation call Bink's Scottsdale at 480-664-9238.