Heirloom Tomato Festival

Marinara winner has background in food, plans to publish

September 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

Debbie Postma, winner of this year’s Heirloom Tomato Festival Marinara Sauce contest, said she is in the process of publishing her first cook book to share her culinary skills with others. Postma was the first prize winner in the contest which had over a dozen delicious entries. Chef Glen Forge of Red’s said Postma’s sauce came in an amazing 40 points overall in the contest that was judged on flavor and freshness. Postma grew up in restaurants and knew as a little girl what she wanted for her future career. She bought the Depot Cafe in Marne, Mich., and during her years there remodeled the restaurant and added an “all you can eat” Friday night fish fry. “I built a huge breakfast and lunch business as well,” she stated. “I earned many first-place blue ribbons for the famous pies made daily.” Later Postma sold her business and moved to Saugatuck and opned the Gourmet Garden where she served panini sandwhiches, homemade soups from scratch and lattes and smoothies. That business developed into a full gourmet shop and delicatessen. “We specialized in artisian food and gifts. I later married, sold the business and moved back home to Rockford.” Postma is in the process of her next culinary adventure, publishing her cookbooks. Her first book will include the recipe for the marinara sauce that won her a $100 gift certificate to Reds on the River, sponsor of the Tomato Festival, along with organic recipes made in Michigan. Postma will be marketing her book while traveling with her family and business partner and invites those interested to email gardenangel@charter.net or debbiepostma@yahoo.com.

Samples, music, games this Saturday

August 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

Second annual Heirloom Tomato Festival will have plenty to eat, see, do “This is going to be one absolute blast of a festival,” said organizer Meredith Gremel of this Saturday’s second annual Heirloom Tomato Festival held at Reds on the River from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Businesses throughout downtown are coordinating special pricing and giveaways to go with the ‘Show us your Tomatoes’ theme. The Heirloom Tomato festival will feature music, events and food under at tent in Red’s parking lot, a marinara contest open to the public, a Little Miss Heirloom pageant for girls under 12 and a wide variety of tomato/harvest-themed fun. “There aren’t a lot of towns like Rockford anymore,” said Gremel. She referred to the wide variety of shops, the lovely flowers at Peppler Park where hundreds go during the summer for photos, and all the music and festivals that take place here. The tomato festival idea came from the abundance of the crop. She said Dave Ingraberg farms and Chef Glenn at Reds were commenting on how wonderful yet abundant the tomato is when grown the way nature intended. She said the two decided to have a festival centered on the tomato. This year there will be heirloom tomato seeds for sale, MSU extension Master Gardeners offering advise, a Red’s sampler offered with ticket purchases, roasted corn, a beer tent and other traditional, harvest time family event. North Kent Service Center will offer a lemonade stand with proceeds to the facility and any left over tomatoes will be donated. The Festival Line Up includes … 11 a.m. ‐ noon: Dublin Station (www.dublinstation.com/) Noon: Crowing Little Miss Heirloom Tomato Princess (girls 12 Under ‐ dress in tomato, heirloom, or harvest attire and win a gift certificate to Aunt Candy’s Toy Company!) 12:30 ‐ 2:30 p.m. ‐‐ The Bean Poles (www.myspace.com/bobobluescat) 1 p.m.: Marinara Sauce Contest Judging begins (contestants must drop off their sauce in sealed containers clearly labeled with name, address, phone, email, and recipe at 10 am to Reds kitchen. Prepare enough to serve 10 judges). Top three winners awarded Reds gift certificates. Heirloom Essay Contest winner announced — see www.reds‐live.com for details. 3 ‐ 4 p.m.: The Moonrays 10 a.m.—4 pm: Kids games and activities, Old Fashioned Lemonade Stand, Beer Tent, […]