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Indulge in heirloom tomatoes with these tasty dinners

Heirloom tomatoes have arrived, which means it’s time to feast on Kansas City’s finest. And thanks to local chefs, dining on the area produce has never been so easy. From dinners to menu specials, here’s what K.C.’s got cooking.

Lidia’s Annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner

Reserve your spot for Lidia’s annual tomato feast Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The multi-course menu highlights heirloom season through delicious dishes such as tomato and fresh oregano fritters, ricotta gnocchi with sausage, San Marzano tomato, and wild fennel, and a dessert of basil and sweet corn ice creams with candied green tomatoes and corn meal crunch.  Seating for the dinner, which is $55 a person, is limited, so make your reservation now by calling 816-221-3722.

A Summer Heirloom Tomato Dinner on the Farm

Enjoy an authentic farmhouse dinner courtesy of Slow Food Kansas City and the Kurlbaum family July 31 at 6 p.m. at Kurlbaum Tomato Farm. The dinner, open to 40 guests, will feature appetizers, cocktails, Kurlbaum’s prime rib, a salad of their local heirloom tomatoes and dessert. Proceeds from the event will go toward Harvesters Reaching the Nations and other Slow Food philanthropies. For more information or to reserve your spot, click here.

Jasper Mirabile’s Annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner

On Aug. 1, Chef Jasper Mirabile will host his annual dinner, serving bloody marys, tomato salad panzanella, chicken caprese and his signature tomato cobbler and basil gelato, all with Kurlbaum tomatoes. The dinner is $59.95 per person. For more information or to reserve a spot, click here.

Michael Smith’s Annual Kurlbaum’s Tomato Dinner

You won’t want to miss Michael Smith’s tomato dinner, which consists of seven courses with wine pairings and dishes from guest chef Wally Joe of Acre Restaurant in Memphis. The courses include a tomato salad, linguini, slow-roasted pork belly and tomato panna cotta. The dinner is Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and costs $100 per person. Reserve your spot by emailing

Gram & Dun’s Chef Specials

Gram & Dun will honor heirloom season with daily chef specials for lunch and dinner with tomatoes from Kurlbaum and Powell Gardens. Monday’s special was a sandwich made with Heirloom tomato jam, greens, avocado, and Anaheim aioli on Sourdough bread. Sunday’s special was heirloom tomato, cucumber, radish, dill, chive, and aerated buttermilk. Call 816-389-2900 for more information on the Country Club Plaza restaurant’s specials.