The Tomato Tasting

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A huge thank you to Our State Magazine for featuring my dear friend and former Tomatopalooza host, Craig LeHoullier, and me in the 2019 Tomato Issue as Heirloom Gurus. You can read the full story here.


“On a warm summer night in a Fuquay-Varina backyard, a line of party guests belly up to a Bloody Mary bar laden with Mason jars filled with heirloom tomato juice in an array of yellows, oranges, and reds. They visit a BLT station with platters of sliced tomatoes and crisp bacon, white bread and Duke’s mayonnaise. They swarm a buffet table to sample tomato varieties with names like Tutti-Frutti, Bumblebee, and Black Prince.

The host of this garden party, Brie Arthur, is hard to miss in a tomato-red dress and a smile trimmed in a similar shade of lipstick. Her enthusiastic greetings carry across the lawn, where guests have gathered to marvel at the flower beds in which much of this feast was grown. Arthur, 40, is a garden writer who has made a name for herself promoting “foodscaping,” the idea that a vegetable garden doesn’t have to be an unsightly collection of lettuce patches and picked-over pole beans. Arthur’s half-acre garden — in a former tobacco field-turned-subdivision in Wake County — proves that you can grow food among your flowers.”


The Tomato Tasting

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

6-10pm RAIN OR SHINE

7624 Troy Stone Drive

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526