Nearly a dozen heirloom tomatoes will be featured at the ninth annual “Tomatoes at the Trotter” dinner on June 27 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Trotter House bed-and-breakfast located at 404 North Main in Monticello.

The event, hosted by the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the UA Southeast Research and Extension Center, includes a four-course tomato dinner prepared by Aramark Chef Thomas Bedward, utilizing Arkansas-grown heirloom tomatoes, and an heirloom tomato tasting and appearance evaluation. Heirloom tomatoes are any open-pollinated traditional variety at least 50 years old or older.

John Lipton of Warren will be the featured speaker at the event. In 1987, Lipton, a former Arkansas Highway Commissioner and a former state legislator, introduced legislation that elevated the South Arkansas Pink Vine Ripe Tomato’s status to state fruit and vegetable.

The tomato tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner as well as tomato recipes and growing tips.

To reserve tickets for Tomatoes at the Trotter, contact the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at (870) 460-1052. Ticket proceeds benefit the University of Arkansas at Monticello the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources scholarship fund.