Top Tomato

    With tomato season in delicious, full swing, Martini House chef Todd Humphries will pay homage to the fruit with his third annual Tomato Dinner. His inventive menu includes a chilled yellow tomato soup, warm oven-roasted tomato tart with basil cream, and a beefsteak tomato tartare. Held on August 13 at the Martini House, which is nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, the event begins with a sparkling-wine reception in its picturesque garden courtyard, followed by a four-course menu paired with wines chosen from the Peay Vineyards in northern Sonoma County?all for $165 per person. But the tomato experience doesn’t stop there. Guests are invited to view a screening of the film Killer Tomatoes Eat France, and mingle with Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! director John De Bello and his director of photography, Kevin Morrisey. Tomatoes not for you? This restaurant is still a must-see. Designed by internationally renowned architect Pat Kuleto, it was previously owned by opera singer Walter Martini, who once ran a bootleg whiskey and wine business out of the basement. (707.963.2233, www.martinihouse.com)

    Jessica Pogash-DiMarco

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