Lindsay Steinberg McGrail - Head Chef
After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan in 2004, Lindsay began to make her mark in the food world. Stints in the restaurants of celebrity chefs Brad Farmerie and Douglas Rodriguez, as well as catering events for Mayor Bloomberg, MTV and other New York elite proved to Lindsay that she had truly found her passion. Lindsay returned to Upstate New York and opened The Green Zebra Catering Company, naming her new company after her favorite heirloom tomato. Today, the tradition continues everyday through Lindsay’s focus on seasonal recipes and her commitment to detail.
What is a Green Zebra?
Green Zebra is a tomato cultivar with characteristic dark green and yellow stripes. Newer variations blush reddish instead of yellow when ripe. It is more tart (described as 'spicy' and 'zingy') than regular tomatoes, and it is an early cultivar. Compared to other tomato varieties, it can produce somewhat mealy fruits depending on growing conditions.
Green Zebra was bred by Tom Wagner of Everett, Washington, and introduced in his Tater-Mater Seed Catalog in 1983. He first came up with the idea in the 1950s. Commonly, a green tomato meant it wasn’t ripe and they were normally thrown out. However, he was intrigued by the idea of a green tomato that was ready to eat.