Friday, July 12, 2013
It’s the time of year that chefs love in the Lowcountry — heirloom tomato season. Lucky for Charleston, this is the time of the season when good local tomatoes are available and plentiful. Developing a way to support farmers who have a gracious plenty of them to showcase and sell, Limehouse Produce has created a special awareness campaign to promote the availability of this southern staple. The Charleston Heirloom Tomato Trek will run from now to July 12 with a goal of promoting more about the varietals, the farmers, the supporting chefs and encouraging people to go out and enjoy this delicacy.
As part of the campaign, restaurants, chefs and bartenders are featuring heirloom tomatoes (full size or cherry) at their establishments in a number of dishes and drinks. Patrons can get involved and vote on their favorite posted item at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Limehouse-Produce and the person whose dish/drink has the most votes in each category will receive a 100 pounds of tomatoes from Limehouse Produce and a special tomato trophy to display proudly.
Diners are also encouraged to go to the participating restaurants during the campaign and order the featured dish or drink. Once they order, they can take a photo and submit it online. One lucky patron will be randomly selected to receive a gift certificate to the winning restaurant from online voting.
The types of local Heirloom Tomatoes showcased during the campaign are:
• Mortgage Lifter
• Pink Brandywine
• Yellow Brandywine
• Cherokee Purple
• Green Zebra
• Mr. Stripy
• Sungold Cherries
• Chocolate Cherries
• Yellow Pears
• Sweet 100s
Farmers producing the prized heirlooms are Thackeray Farm’s “Wadmalaw Fuglies” and Rosebank Farms.
Restaurants involved in the campaign include (as of June 21, others are on board but have not submitted details): High Cotton, Old Village Post House, Peninsula Grill, Rivertowne Country Club, Slightly North of Broad and Trattoria Lucca.
To learn more about Limehouse Produce, visit www.limehouseproduce.com or call 843-556-3400.