We all should paint our dining rooms to match our gardens, especially during tomato season. That’s the first lesson I learned from this week’s beautiful harvest dinner envisioned by the team at David Stark Design.
But the real genius of the latest project we’re publishing from the Stark Design team is its simplicity. Tabletop tomatoes stacked like jewels, and a seasonal tart that requires no recipe to make? Suddenly the idea of an impromptu dinner party sounds irresistible. Who’s with me?
Photography by Corrie Beth Hogg courtesy of David Stark Design.Galettes in general are easy and fun to make because you don’t need to follow a recipe (I don’t). Start by making pastry dough with flour and butter (and a tablespoon or two of ice water), and roll it out into a circle or circle-ish shape. Oit doesn’t need to be perfectly round because you’ll be crimping the edges.
Place the crust on parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet and preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit before assembling ingredients for the filling. I slice two or three ripe tomatoes thinly, tear basil leaves, grate cheese, and prepare anything else I want to add (chopped black olives and thin slices of sautéed red onion make frequent cameo appearances).
Layer ingredients in the center of the dough, leaving a 1.5-inch border, and then turn up the edge of the crust and pinch it. After brushing the pinched edge with an egg wash, bake the galette for about an hour until it is golden and then let it cool for at least 10 minutes before sliding it onto a wooden cutting board to slice and serve.“When it’s the height of tomato season, it’s a crime to ignore the amazing bounty that farmers bring to local markets,” says NYC-based designer Stark. “It’s a no-brainer to create a complete dining menu utilizing the freshest options out there, too, but we also love to celebrate tomatoes as décor, their rich color and robust forms perfectly commanding the center of a dining table or as jewels, integrated into floral arrangements.”
Tomato as muse, the starting point for the team at David Stark Design: “There is much to be inspired by when it comes to this humble fruit: the variety of rich color and shape—from pale yellow to rich purple, and every shade of red. From mini-currants to gigantic beefsteaks, these beauties are works of art on their own.”“A visual dialogue between what you serve and the ‘look” of your table can take a dinner party or special celebration to a whole, new level, and these materials are inexpensive and readily available,” Stark says. “They simply need to be reframed as decorative in their own right.”
See more from David Stark Design at Tiny Bouquets: 8 Ideas for Floral Arrangements in Miniature Vases and read more about tomatoes:
- Everything You Need to Know About Tomatoes
- Edible Gardens: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design
- Garden-to-Table Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes from a Cook’s Garden
- 10 Easy Pieces: Tomato Cages
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