Van Chaplin; Styling Mindi Shapiro Levine
A simple get-together can become a mini-vacation for the mind and spirit. It is a good break from your daily routine. If you factor a favorite food into the occasion, things get even better.
That’s what Cindy and George Martin, owners of The Tasteful Garden in Chulafinnee, Alabama, discovered when they hosted a tomato-tasting party with friends Rod and Lori Palmer (Owl’s Hollow Farm, Gadsden, Alabama) and Will and Laurie Moore (Moore Farms, Woodland, Alabama). They sipped wine, sampled their homegrown tomatoes, and compared notes on favorite heirloom selections.
Tomatoes always spark lively conversation. “It’s like people picking a dog,” Cindy says. “They seem to choose a tomato that reflects their personality.”