tomato week | summer fest 2010

Awaytogarden.com is putting on one of the best cross blogging events I have come across in a long time - Summer Fest 2010. This week they are celebrating my absolute favorite, tomatoes! Today bloggers are blogging up a storm posting their favorite tomato themed recipes and stories for everyone to enjoy (please see links at the end of this post). 

posted in iheartnapa
{Gott's bounty}

Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring the Gott's Roadside garden in St. Helena. What a beautiful garden, not to mention brilliant use of their property! I just love that they are growing and using their own fresh vegetables in their menu... and doubly love that the garden is just steps away from their kitchen.

Here are some pictures I snapped while waiting for my dinner... I plan on sharing more from their menu by the end of this week (it was too good to not share).

gott's roadside garden
{rows + rows of tomatoes}

more of gott's roadside tomotoes
{picked + served fresh daily}

gott's tomatoes - fresh from the vine
{heirloom goodness}

tomato yumminess

fresh + delicious from gott's
{fresh + pure + simple + very delicious}

2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cut into 1" cubes
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cucumber, partially peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4" slices
1/2 stale baguette, cut into 1" cubes
1/2 T salt
1/4 c good red wine vinegar
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
torn basil leaves to taste
pepper to taste

Mix tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt, oil and vinegar together - let sit for 30 minutes covered at room temperature. Add remaining ingredients, allow to rest together for 30 more minutes, tossing occasionally to allow for even distribution of ingredients. Serve at room temperature.

{Delish panzanella photograph courtesy of Robb McDonough

More of my favorite tomato recipes:
Smitten Kitchen | classic grilled cheese + cream of tomato soup
Smitten Kitchen | green bean + cherry tomato salad
and please visit these lovely blogs below for more Tomato Week goodness:
Literary Legacies
Hedonism Ink

p.s. thank you to matt + rick at gott's roadside for being so hospitable.  


  1. Lovely, serene photos. Hopefully our paths meet again, I think we should have a standing invitation at all the best eateries!:)
    For tomato inspired design have a look at my blog posting titled "tomato by design"

  2. Oh, I can't get enough of these tomatoes! Your images are vibrant--love them. I'm only sorry you weren't with us on Monday--it would have been great to meet you!

    My take on our tomato-filled evening is posted here

  3. gorgeous photos... and that panzanella recipe is my favorite! Thanks for posting :-)

  4. those pictures are fantastic. love the light! and the sight of those Gott's serving boats full of tomatoes makes my mouth water from the memory.

    my post on the evening is here: http://hedonismink.blogspot.com/2010/08/gott-tomatoes.html

  5. thank you ladies - i have very much enjoyed all of your posts!!

  6. I adore tomatoes - they are absolutely my favorite vegetable (or fruit!). Just stumbled across your blog and am in love - I will be visiting as often as possible!


  7. gorgeous photos... and that panzanella recipe is my favorite! Thanks for posting :-)