Earlier in October, the Ode to Tomatoes Festival was celebrated here on the Central Coast. We SO enjoyed attending the Party in the Garden at Avila's Sycamore Mineral Springs Garden. Four popular eateries joined forces for an afternoon of yummy tomato-inspired bites, tasty sips, and a lovely tour of the garden.

Here is a photo montage of our time at the Sycamore Garden! Marisol at The Cliffs created these delectable Pork Belly Sliders (we went back for seconds, by the way...). The Apple Farm had Cherry Tomato Toasts with Basil and White Anchovy, gorgeous!

Chef Gregg Wangard of Marisol serving out fantastic Tomato Basil Sorbet on mini cheesecakes. Jesse's favorite of the afternoon!

Beautiful Garden Margaritas from Marisol packed a punch. Sea Venture's Chef Everett “Casey” Walcott dished out African Tomato and Banana Salad (sounds unusual but we really enjoyed it!).

Tomato and Goat Cheese Cannolis from Sea Venture Restaurant...still very much a dessert with a subtle tomato flavor.

Later in the afternoon, Sea Venture shared this refreshing Tomato Gazpacho topped with fried fennel frawns...just enough heat, a very nice balance.

Above, The Apple Farm's Cherry Tomato Toasts with basil and white anchovy (seriously good), and below,  a yummy Green Tomato Pie (we had no idea there was not one apple in it!).

Mini Cheesecakes waiting to be topped with Tomato Basil Sorbet.

Such a fantastic afternoon. Great weather, beautiful grounds, free delicious bites and yummy drinks. I hope they do this next year, we'll be there!

xo

Jen