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Tomatoes at La Pentola della Quercia

tomatoes2On Sunday August 31st at 6 pm join La Pentola della Quercia in paying homage to the tomato with the August Famiglia Supper Series, hosted by Chef Lucais Syme. Dine family style at communal tables with your friends and neighbours as you experience all that the tomato has to offer.

Where :: La Pentola della Quercia, 350 Davie Street, Vancouver BC

Why :: The tomato boasts a juicy history in Italy, with over 320 varieties worldwide. From sauces and stews to salads and roasts, what is known as the “Golden Apple” in Italy deserves recognition. La Pentola della Quercia will serve 10+ courses featuring caprese and panzanella salads, pastas with fresh tomato sauce, and free range meats.

How :: Tickets are $55 per person for 10+ courses. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Call (604) 642-0557 or email info@lapentola.ca to reserve.

About La Pentola della Quercia:
Chef Lucais Syme delivers rustic Northern Italian inspired cuisine at La Pentola della Quercia inside OPUS Hotel.  Simple, handmade pasta and traditional nose-to-tail meat and fish dishes served family style are the focus of this award-winning Vancouver restaurant. Call 604-642-0557 or visit www.lapentola.ca for more information.

Vancouver Farmers Market Tomato Festival

INGLORIOUSTOMATO-150x150Celebrate the “Love Apple” with tastings, beautiful and informative displays and recipes to make with those delectable heirlooms you just found at the market.  James Coleridge from Bella Gelateria will be crafting tomato basil gelato from Sole Food Street Farms tomatoes and Earth Apple Farm basil! This limited edition gelato will be available at the Trout Lake & Kitsilano Tomato Festivals until sold out. Proceeds go to help support farmers markets in Vancouver.

Instagram Contest

Take a picture of the weirdest, most imperfect and obscure tomato that you find at the Kerrisdale,Trout LakeWest EndKitsilanoMt PleasantMain St Station or Yaletown Farmers Markets this week. Tag it #inglorioustomato and you could win $20 to spend at Vancouver Farmers Markets! Contest ends August 22 at noon.

Event Schedule

  • Trout Lake – Saturday, August 23, 9am-2pm (North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park)
  • Kitsilano – Sunday, August 24, 10am-2pm (Kitsilano Community Centre, 10th Ave and Larch St)

Activity Line-up

  • Tomato Display: Did you know there are over 150 varieties of tomatoes at the Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets? Including but not limited to 150VarietiesofKlippersOrganicTomatoes (click on the link for a PDF with pictures!). Check out our display tent to see some of the different varieties as well as suggestions for how to eat them
  • Tomato Tasting: What better way to get to know tomatoes than to taste them? We’ll sample Black Krim, Green Zebra, Taxi, Brandywine and many more!
  • Kid’s Activities: Look for our scavenger hunt, tomato facts, colouring sheets and more
  • Recipes: We’re looking for sweet tomato recipes – cakes, pies, jams, even sweet roasted tomato recipes. Share yours on our Facebook page or pick some up at the markets!

Trout Lake Extras

  • Inglorious Tomato Display & Tasting: Have you heard what the French supermarket chain, Intermarche, is doing with ugly vegetables? We’ve challenged our vendors to submit some of their ugliest tomatoes for display. Inglorious tomatoes will be sampled near the end of the day.
  • Interactive activities with SPEC

Kitsilano Extras

  • Seed-Saving: pick up some seed-saving tips from Kelsi at Homesteader’s Emporium
  • Chef Tours:  the lovely chefs from Cooking Journeys will teach you how to shop for the tastiest tomato, which varieties are best for which uses, and tips on how your bounty of tomatoes can be preserved to last throughout the year. Sign up to reserve your space!

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Provence Does Tomatoes

provence tomatoAll this month Provence Restaurants – Provence Mediterranean Grill (P1) in Point Grey and Provence Marinaside (P2) in Yaletown celebrate all things tomato with its Fifth Annual Tomato Festival– featuring special three-course prix fixe menus. Mediterranean Grill’s offers a prix fixe menu for $45 while over at Marinaside, they are offering a multiple-choice three-course menu for $48 with an optional wine pairing for an additional $20.


Provence Mediterranean Grill’smenu ($45) starts with Tomato Three Ways that includes chilled tomato ‘cappuccino,’ buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad and a Provençal tomato tartlette. Once you’ve polished that off, you must then decide between one of two main courses – how do you choose between Duck Breast Scaloppini or Pan-Seared Mediterranean Sea Bass Filet ? Both come accompanied by smoked tomato and bacon marmalade, fiddleheads and sun-dried tomato gnocchi. For dessert, there is Candied Tomato Panna Cotta served with rhubarb honey and a pistachio tuile.

At Provence Marinaside in Yaletown, the $48 menu offers a multiple choices for each course. Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau has also suggested an optional wine pairing ($20) to enhance your meal. Starters in include three tough choices – Fresh Tomato Tarte, accompanied by black olive tapenade, tomato, garlic chips and puff pastry makes an appearance on the menu as a starter. The suggested wine pairing is Joiefarm 2013 Noble Blend, Naramata, BC. Or, you may choose a Tomato Festival favourite – Chilled Yellow Campari Tomato Soup with tomato and black garlic vinaigrette (Unsworth 2013 Rosé, Cowichan Valley, BC). The third starter choice is a refreshing Tomato and Nectarine Salad with grilled prawns and basil oil (Covert Farms 2013 Amicitia White, Okanagan, BC)
Chef Jean-Francis is also offering three choices of mains:
•    Halibut Puttanesca accompanied by zucchini ribbons, polenta anchovy, black olive, tomato caper sauce (Muga 2013 Rosé, Rioja, Spain)
•    Dungeness Crab and Heirloom Tomato Stew – another perennial Festival favourite chock full of crab, mussels, clams, scallops fennel and roasted tomatoes in a white wine garlic broth (Clos du Soleil 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Similkameen, BC)
•    Seared Sockeye Salmon accompanied by yellow tomato and warm vegetable salad, oven-roasted plum tomato vinaigrette (Covert Farms 2012 Rosé, Okanagan, BC)

To end on a sweet note Marinaside diners choose a dessert from the restaurant’s regular menu. Crème Caramel is a classic choice or you may opt for Provence’s signature Lemon Tarte or their version of a traditional favourite – Berry and White Chocolate Clafoutis to name but three of the many choices available (Unsworth Ovation, Cowichan Valley, BC).

To get you into the ‘Tomato Spirit’ Chefs Jean-Francis and Alessandra enlisted the help of their talented elder son Matisse to make Provence’s Tomato Festival Video.
Provence’s website.

Tomato Festival

September 10, Trout Lake Farmers Market

Did you know the tomato was once considered to be poisonous?  And did you know that tomatoes are related to roses?  Amazing but true facts like this can be learned at our annual Tomato Festival being held at the Trout Lake Farmers Market on September 10th.  Check out the impressive display of heirloom tomatoes grown in BC and taste a few while you’re at it!  Take home some recipes to make your own delicious meals featuring tomatoes. There will also be activities for the little tomato-lovers in the family – something for everyone to enjoy!
More than a dozen vendors will be selling tomatoes on festival day – the best selection you’ll find anywhere!

The Tomato Festival is a much-loved tradition and usually our busiest day of the year so be sure to come early to get the pick of the crop!