If you're into food and have lived in the Central Valley for more than a year, there's a good chance you're pretty much an expert on heirloom tomatoes. Still, if you want to increase your knowledge or get different perspectives, there's a great program coming up at UC Davis for $75.
Here's the press release we just received:
Savoring Heirloom Tomatoes
Presented by the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science Saturday, September 26, 2009
Please join us for a very unique evening focusing on heirloom tomatoes - from three very different expert perspectives.
Retired UC Davis sensory scientist and flavor chemist Dr. Ann Noble, internationally renowned for her invention of the wine aroma wheel, lends her extraordinary nose and talents to assist us in an exploration of the distinct sensory qualities of heirloom tomatoes.
Dr. Clare Hasler, Executive Director of the Robert Mondavi Institute and international authority on "functional foods" (foods that provide specific health benefits that may reduce risk of chronic disease) will speak about heirloom tomatoes as a "superfood" for optimal health.
Thaddeus Barsotti, farm manager of beautiful Capay Organic farm and a grower of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, will tell us how he cultivates these marvelous fruits and what makes them so special. Attendees will be able to taste a wide array of Barsotti's distinctive, colorful tomatoes.
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Time: Registration begins at 12:30pm; Event is from 1pm to 5pm
Location: Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater, Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building
Tickets: $75 ($65 for UC Davis Affiliates) purchase at Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/78181
Questions? Call Kira O'Donnell, (916) 705-9621
12:30 - 1:00 Registration
1:00 - 1:10 Welcome and Introductions
Clare M. Hasler, Executive Director, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
1:10 - 1:40 Heirlooms - More than Just a Funny-Looking Tomato Thaddeus Barsotti, Farm Manager, Capay Organic
1:40 - 2:10 Tomatoes: A Superfood for Optimal Health Clare M. Hasler
2:10 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:00 Savoring Heirloom Tomatoes
Ann C. Noble, Professor Emerita, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
3:00 - 4:00 Heirloom Tomato Tasting
Ann C. Noble
4:00 - 5:00 Reception: Sensory Theater Lobby