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Robert Wemischner is a professor of baking and pastry at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He's also the author of four cookbooks. His most recent book, The Dessert Architect, is now in its second edition. 

Get the recipe for Tomato Tarte Tatin and Baked Apples with Sage on the Good Food blog.

Alvaro Bautista has an organic date ranch in Mecca, California near Palm Springs.  You can find Bautista Family Organic Dates at all of the Santa Monica Farmers' Markets as well as the Hollywood Farmers' Market and Beverly Hills Farmers' Market. Bautista sells Halawi dates on the vine in the khalal stage. You can allow the cluster of dates to ripen on your tabletop and pick off the individual dates as they become ripe.