First Posted: 8/9/2013
Some people, as the saying goes, take the cake.
The Dentes bring the cake.
And bake it.
As the photo here and those on page one and page 13 illustrate, Certified Executive Chef Biagio Dente and his son Chef Blaise Alan will provide the cake for the 30th Pittston Tomato Festival.
Not only is this a commendable gesture but also an appropriate one. Caterers extrordinaire, the Dentes have been part of the festival for all 30 years. Biagio Dente was grand marshal in 2009.
And, as noted in the story on page 13, this won’t be just any cake. First of all, it will be mighty big — 4 feet in diameter. Secondly, according to Dente, it will have fresh tomatoes in the batter and tomato-flavored butter cream icing.
If this all sounds over-the-top, it is. And that’s the way we like it.
Since its humble beginning, the Pittston Tomato Festival has grown into one of the premier summer events in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And just when we think it can’t get any better, it does.
Aside from chairperson Lori Nocito and her trusty sidekicks Mike Lombardo and Jim Zarra, the folks who deserve credit for the festival’s success are too numerous to mention. But please know that Pittston is indebted to all of you for your itreless efforts.
We must note, as well, that those of us who make Greater Pittston our home have been waiting all year for the out-of-town visitors who attend the festival this year to get a load of downtown Pittston today. The photos on page 20 and 21 provide just a sample of all the good things going on downtown.
This year’s Pittston Tomato Festival is a good time for everyone associated with the festival and with Pittston’s revival to take a well-deserved bow.