30 YEARS of memories from November 20, 1990 when Sweet Tomatoes served its first meals! Thanks to all of you who shared photos and stories of times at Sweet - Three Tomatoes. Feasts and friends. Raw moments. A number of yearly annual celebrations, chronologies of families growing up. My daughters were one year old, sitting in high chairs on our opening night. Our community that we love dearly and fiercely.
This year’s pandemic presents ongoing challenges, and we rise to meet them. To keep us safe, we strictly follow COVID-19 safe protocols, and make changes to our environment and business as needed.
In our recent newsletter, we described the new, clean look of our dining rooms, which include a new, separate inside space that can seat 16-18 people and new safe-space tables in the bar area. All air filtration in the building’s ventilation systems are now MERV 13 rated. These are hospital grade air system filters that the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) states, “are efficient at capturing airborne viruses.” The restaurant and rest of the building have superior air exchange. Fresh air is constantly introduced as large amounts of indoor air are constantly exhausted through the wood fired oven, kitchen exhaust hood ventilation, and other ducted exhaust, including restrooms and the building’s main air handler (roof top unit). The One Court Street building is lightly occupied, especially in the evening when the rest of the building is empty or near empty while the ventilation system is running at capacity for the whole building.
Our winter hours are a bit different this year. With most business people working from home and limiting their travels, we no longer have our usual number of lunch diners and “over-lunch” meetings. Our lunch staff works both hard and safe, but agree that we should discontinue lunch service until this current trajectory of COVID cases modulates. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding!
We offer in house dining and takeout reservations. It is exciting that take-out and catering orders for small businesses and families continue to grow!
Check out our menu! Our daily special sheet is full and innovative, and our traditional favorites are back. After the first of the year, we’ll begin hosting our popular wine dinners on Mondays. We suggest reserving spaces early. We are also offering a Three Tomatoes 30th Anniversary Gift Card. Purchase $500 in gift cards between November 15th and December 24th and you receive $150 in additional gift cards.
Our website, www.threetomatoestrattoria.com, is being updated to bring it current to today’s technology! With assistance from the Upper Valley Business Alliance, my daughter, Nika, and I are upgrading our website. It will include a new ecommerce section for online take-out ordering, improved links to social media marketing platforms, and an exciting range of new opportunities to share the food and wine experience.
We have been members of Slow Food International since 1992, and share their philosophy of sustainable agriculture, and the civilization of the table . We continued to support our local farmers and producers through organizations like The Fresh Network and Vital Communities. High quality food is important to us, and sharing the pleasures of thoughtfully prepared food with family and friends has always been central to our idea of running a good restaurant.
As a cornerstone in the community, we feel the need to be involved. We support many non-profit organizations through our Sustainable Communities Calendar where each month a non-profit organization receives a portion of our sales to help with the good work they do in the community. In 2013 Three Tomatoes was voted Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Business of The Year. We are grateful for that honor and look forward to continuing to make Lebanon a great place to live and work.