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Edible East Bay invites readers to taste a sweet array of new tomato varieties from the tomato breeders at Baia Nicchia and Wild Boar Farms. You’ll get to meet the farmers, Fred Hempel and Brad Gates, and taste their outstanding tomatoes, perhaps a Maglia Rosa Cherry, Black Beauty, or even a Michael Pollan. Then taste the tomatoes prepared into creative dishes and mixed into Bloody Marys by chefs from Lungomare, Chop Bar, and Calavera. Tomatotopia is part of Town Eats, a three-day event that also features a pig roast on Saturday. Entrance to Tomatotopia is free. Purchase $5 tokens for dishes and drinks. Info: here

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Sunday September 25, noon–5
Next to Lungomare, 1 Broadway, Oakland

Delve into the art and science of creating new, flavor-rich tomatoes. Read the story in our current issue: here

Lalime’s Chef Anthony Paone shares two of his favorite recipes made with tomatoes from Baia Nicchia farm: here

This issue’s cover art (at right) by Shari Arai DeBoer tells the story of tomato breeding. The art on the Tomatotopia logo above is by Oakland artist Margo Rivera-Weiss.