Ups and Downs

July 20, 2007 by seanbrock

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On the positive side………………… 

this is a tomato from my grandmother’s garden….the seeds will be saved and planted here in charleston and I will continue to save them for as long as I am alive…..

 On the negative side………

At the start of the growing season  I planted 15 tomato plants in my backyard with big plans to serve a 7 course tomato tasting menu at the peak of tomato season.   I spoke with several local farmers about their harvest times to also include their tomatoes and began working on our tomato dishes. We spent several hours fine tuning these dishes and finally decided on a menu.  We started the menu a week ago and after serving around 800 guests only 5 people have ordered the tomato menu.  Below is the menu.  Why aren’t people interested??  If you went to a restaurant and the server told you that the chef grew some of the tomatoes himself and was very excited about the tomato menu would you order it???

Tomato Tasting Menu

Raw….salt, pepper, organic olive oil

Hawaiian Tuna….compressed watermelon, Japanese spice, Kasu-tomato water

Seed Crusted Scallop……..fennel braised fennel, roast tomato, tomato emulsion

Foie Gras in the style of Bacon……tomato caramel, tomato brioche, tomato jam

Lamb Ribeye……..courgette, tomato flan, olive soil, tomato confiture

Frozen Tomato……avocado sorbet, basil meringue

Tomato Cake……chocolate, balsamic, pine nuts

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