I was encouraged to see criticism of the use of fresh tomatoes in December by Michael Nagrant over on New City. Just as I feel like we should celebrate those who go out of their way to serve and support local farms in the summer, I am pleased to see that critics are tuned into misplaced tomatoes in the winter. Read his post here. While he is writing about a restaurant that has aspirations of and a pedigree that predicts greatness, his comments ring true at for so many spots that I think they are worth sharing.
You might also look at his post on the Dill Pickle Coop that just opened in Lincoln Square. Congrats to all the Coop members who have made this project happen! http://dillpicklefoodcoop.org/