I write about seasonal cuisine all the time thanks to the farmers markets mania that has overtaken California, especially at high-end restaurants around Los Angeles. In fact, I am currently working on an article for Frontiers about the upcoming changes to menus around town now that autumn is just around the corner.
In the meantime, I was assigned this little piece on East Hampton's c/o The Maidstone Hotel restaurant's (The Living Room) "Slow Food Series." Each month, Chef James Carpenter will design a special menu around a particular ingredient he finds at local farms. This month's is the tomato, and wait till you see the Iron Chef-like devotion he shows to his main ingredient.
For more on the menu and the hotel, check out the link at HotelChatter: http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2009/8/26/13252/3552/hotels/There_s_a_Bit_of_a_Tomato_Obsession_Going_On_at_c_o_The_Maidstone