Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Binkley's in Cave Creek June 19

The most versatile -- and perhaps most succulent -- of summer fruits isn't the peach, blackberry, or mango. No, it's the humble tomato, often overlooked as a mere sandwich topping or fodder for bland canned sauces. Join chef Kevin Binkley on Wednesday, June 19, as he honors heirloom tomatoes with what's sure to be a decadent five-course meal (with a multitude of amuse bouche and intermezzo plates thrown in the mix).

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Binkley's Restaurant and farmer Bob McClendon first partnered to prepare an Heirloom Tomato Dinner in 2009. This year's menu promises to dish up 15 different varieties of the vine-ripened fruit, including brandywine, Arkansas marvel, Cherokee green, Granny Cantrell's German Pink, and Pruden's purple.

This dinner experience is $98 per person, and wine pairings are available for an additional $50. Hors d'oeuvres will be offered at 6:30, with the full dinner service starting at 7 p.m. Seating is limited; book a table by calling 480-437-1072.

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Dominique Chatterjee