Tomato Tasting in Northern California

Everyone goes wine tasting in Northern California, but we had the pleasure of taking part in a tasting every bit as delicious, if not quite as alcoholic: a tomato tasting. Guillame Biename, son of my old friend Beatrice, invited us. Guillame is the Chef at Marché, a leading Palo Alto restaurant. The tasting was held at his local supplier’s organic farm about an hour from Palo Alto. The tomatoes came in a broad array of colors, textures and shapes, each with a distinct full-bodied flavor. Guillame is working with his farmer to create a new species of tomato, to be available next year. In the spirit of the occasion, he created a tantalizing tomato sorbet that I will by trying to emulate in the near future.

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