Monday, July 9, 2012

A word from Chef Patrick

July is here and the North Carolina produce is in full swing. Zucchini, yellow squash, snap beans, sweet corn and many other items are plentiful this time of year. One of my favorites is tomatoes. German Johnsons, Mr. Stripeys, Yellow Teardrops, and other Heirloom tomatoes help define summer for me. Don’t let their odd shapes distract you. These tomatoes are packed with a whollup of flavor. “Heirloom” refers to the fact that the tomato has not been cross-bred with other types or genetically altered; this sacrifices the uniform sizing and color, but intensifies the flavor profile. I have always liked to keep dishes using these tomatoes very simple so their natural flavor shines through. Look for them being highlighted in upcoming features at both locations.

Soup on a hot summer day? Why not! But who says it has to be hot? I can’t begin to tell you how refreshing a nice chilled soup is during the summertime. Sweet Potato Vichysoisse, Chilled Green Apple Bisque, Blueberry-Mint-Yogurt, and Yellow Tomato Gazpacho are just a few that we will be featuring at Tobacco Road Sports CafĂ© in the near future. These all score a home run when paired with a salad or sandwich.