We’re nearing the end of tomato season — you know, the time when juicy, vine-ripe globes are best enjoyed with a dash of salt or placed carefully between two fat slices of sourdough bread.
To celebrate the dusk of summer and our region’s beautiful ‘maters, Wild Common chef Orlando Pagan is hosting a three-night special heirloom tomato prix fixe menu Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 starting at 5 p.m. each night.
Pagan incorporates tomatoes into every dish on his menu, fermenting, pickling, charring, and even spicing the fruit.
The four course meal ($65 per person) starts with a variety of bites: barbecue ribeye with fermented tomato barbecue and daikon kimchi, baked oysters with charred tomatoes and sea lettuces, tomato tart with caramelized onions and whipped goat cheese, and local shrimp ceviche with pickled green tomatoes and aji dolce.
The first course is presented table side via a tomato cart (!) and features heirloom tomatoes, avocado, toasted seeds, and burrata. Guests may then choose either a Wreckfish and tomatillo agnolotti entree or a dry-aged New York strip and tomato dashi entree. Dessert is an Early Girl tomato spice cake with caramelized figs and mascarpone gelato.
Sip on a selection of inventive tomato-centric cocktails or choose wine pairings for $45 per person. Make your reservation on Resy. Love Best of Charleston? Help the Charleston City Paper keep Best of Charleston going every year with a donation. Or sign up to become a member of the Charleston City Paper club.
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