Bradford Watermelon Joins Slow Food Ark of Taste

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Carolina Gold Rice Foundation

For a late-summer month or so, Bradford watermelons were showing up seemingly everywhere in Charleston. And now the heirloom melon has shown up in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste catalog, a global list of “delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction.”

“The Bradford watermelon is a plant with a beautiful flavor and a beautiful history, and I am thrilled to see it included on the Ark of Taste,” says Megan Larmer, manager of biodiversity programs for Slow Food USA. “Foods like this watermelon are at risk of disappearing because they don’t fit into the factory farming system.”

More than 200 U.S. foods have been added to the Ark, including Ossabaw Island hogs, Carolina Gold rice; American chestnuts and traditional cane syrup. Anyone can nominate an item to the Ark, but only foods deemed endangered, good, clean and fair (meaning it’s not a trademarked or commercial product) are allowed aboard. Continue reading

Victory Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Old Village Post House

Eaters attracted to Tristan’s special monocultural menu can get a jumpstart on single-ingredient-focused dining at Old Village Post House, which on Sept. 18 is staging a five-course heirloom tomato meal.

The dinner was designed to celebrate the restaurant’s win in Limehouse Produce’s heirloom tomato trek, held earlier this summer. Menu items include tomato sorbet; tomato panzanella salad, trout with grated plum tomato and beef medallions with yellow tomato polenta and green zebra tomatoes. Curiously, the dessert course is tomato-free.

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and reservations are required. The dinner, with wine pairings, sells for $70. Call 388-8935 for a seat.