Ode to the Tomato: La Tomatina Wine Dinner @ Barcelona Greenwich

27 Aug

In the small town of Buñol, Spain, is a tradition over half a century old:  La Tomatina.  Each year on the last Wednesday of August, crowds gather in Buñol for a food fight like you’ve never seen before.  Although Buñol town officials have limited this year’s celebration to 20,000 revelers, it’ll still be as messy as ever.  That’s because festival-goers throw tomatoes at each other (they are pre-crushed so no one gets hurt) and try to climb a greased pole to knock over the jamón (ham) on top.  

We’re not sure if it is the jamón or tomatoes that inspired Executive Chef Michael Lucente to create his La Tomatina Wine Dinner menu, though.  We know after spending some quality time at the Chef’s Table at Barcelona Greenwich that Chef Lucente loves both of these, but this meal is a definite homage to the humble heirloom tomato.  This special once a year meal is on Wednesday, August 28, and starts at 7 pm.  $50 (tax and gratuity not included) gets you four courses that not only feature tomatoes, but are also paired with wine.  To get your spot, just visit the Barcelona event site and purchase your tix…that easy!  Here are the deets:

First Course:  Tomato Gazpacho with Whipped Sheep’s cheese

NV Cava, Juvé y Camps, Rosé, Brut – Penedes

Second Course:  Fried Oysters with Pickled Green Tomatoes

2012 Hondarribi Zuri, Aizpurua – Getariako Txakolina

Third Course:  Spicy Tomato Braised Black Bass

2009 Bobal, Bodegas Sierra Norte, Pasion de Bobal – Utiel Requena
2008 Monastrell Blend, Celler del Roure, Les Alcusses  – Valencia

Fourth Course:  
Drunken Goat Cheese ‘a la Plancha’ with House-made Tomato Jam

NV Espumoso de Moscatel, Reymos – Valencia

Barcelona Greenwich

Address:  8 West Putnam Ave.

                  Greenwich, CT 06830

Phone: (203) 983-6400

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