Chef Rob Welan and his tomatos at Poste.

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Whether you believe it or not, I’m pretty sentimental about the things I care about.  Glory still makes me weep every time I watch that scene on the beach. This little guy will forever own a piece of my heart. And around this time of year, I begin to mourn the loss of good, fresh-from-the-vine heirloom tomatoes.

Not that there’s an immediate need for grief counseling:  Fresh tomatoes, for example, will be available at FRESHFARM Markets until the third or fourth week of September (perhaps even longer given how the freakishly hot weather has affected plants this season). And just as tantalizing, chef Robert Weland will be offering his all-tomato 20 Bites tasting menu through September at Poste Moderne Brasserie. This week’s Young & Hungry column, due out tomorrow, is all about Weland’s extensive take on the tomato.

As a small tease for the column, take a look at one of Weland’s opening courses, something he calls a “crudite” of garden tomatoes. I prefer to call it my own tomato garden right at the table. Darrow Montgomery‘s gorgeous photo is after the jump.

Chef Rob Welan and his tomatos at Poste.

Photos by Darrow Montgomery