Le Jardin

The Tomato Dinner

Chef Tag Takes Tomato Dinner to Van Meter

A Partnership with Plant Life Designs


Join us for the annual tomato dinner, Friday September 14. This year Chef Tag Grandgeorge is taking the show on the road. The dinner will be hosted by Tara Dudley, owner of Plant Life Designs on her beautiful property outside Van Meter.

This year’s dinner features six courses with complimentary wine pairings selected by Chef Grandgeorge. The evening will start with an appetizer and a pre-dinner cocktail in the cantina from 5:30 to 6:15. Dinner will be served on linen covered potting tables in the green house with décor and centerpieces by Plant Life Designs.

Chef Tag will be doing some open fire cooking as part of his annual tribute to summer’s fruit. Guests will be seated in the greenhouse at 6:15 p.m. and the evening will include a mid-meal garden tour prior to the entrée course. Heirloom tomato aficionado, Jennie Smith of Butcher Crick Farms will be in attendance to discuss the tomatoes she provided for the meal.

Tentative menu for the evening includes:

Tomato toast on rye, herb whipped cream cheese, bacon, onion and maple jam, yellow currant tomatoes.

Rosemary, St. Germain, Grapefruit spritzer

Gazpacho Anduluz – garden pepper and sweet onions cooked a la plancha.

Chateau Gillet White Bordeaux

Charred green bean salad, chickpeas, boiled egg, tomatoes, basil vinaigrette, garlic mayo.

Green zebra tomato pie, Chef Tag’s homemade sweet corn relish.

Famille Bieler Rose

Grilled Lamb Kabob, smoked tomato vinaigrette, feta cheese, Kalamata olives.

( Chicken skewer as a lamb alternative will be available.)

Reja Dorada Tempernillo

Olive oil tomato basil cake, goat cheese frosting, sweet 100 tomato coulis.

Ticket price for the exclusive 2018 Tomato Dinner is $150.00 per person and only 40 tickets are available. Tickets are available by Pay Pal pre-order purchase only at plantlifedesigns.com. Cut off for ticket sales will be Monday September 10th at 8 p.m. Plant Life Designs is located at 29154 360th, Van Meter, Iowa, just one mile west of Booneville.

Dress code is casual. Comfortable, stable shoes are highly recommended. (No Heels.)