Tomato Consomme with Tomato Slices

Summertime and the Menu is Easy

Summer brides are lucky; the farm is at their fingertips! A seasonal menu at this time of year is a snap because there’s such a wide variety of fresh produce available to choose from (plus succulent melons, citrus fruits, berries…). Choose a caterer that has established relationships with local farms, or learn what’s popping out of the ground in your region by researching family farms, then take a drive to visit a couple of your soil-tilling neighbors. You might even find a great reception venue in the process.

Crossing state borders is allowed when you’re eating local; just try to stay within a 100 to 300 mile radius for the freshest produce, depending on where you live. And don’t forget your wallet—you’ll want to stock up on farm stand sales. Heirloom tomatoes, beets, eggplant, sweet corn, squash, greens galore—everything under the sun will be blooming.

Great Performances offers a signature 100-Mile Menu for New York and Connecticut brides. One of their summer favorites is this Tomato Consommé with Dried Cherry Tomato Slices, clearly a sophisticated take on this everyday nightshade.

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