April 28, 2009

Upset that the local Outstanding in the Field events are all booked up? Despair not, because there are all kinds of ~FANTASTIC FARM-BASED EVENTS AND MEALS AND FUNDRAISERS~ coming up.

Papermill Creek Children's Corner Fundraiser at Devil’s Gulch Ranch
On Friday May 15th, there is a dinner/fundraiser for Papermill Creek Children's Corner at the Devil’s Gulch Ranch main house with chefs Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong of Manka’s Inverness Lodge. There is a tour and dinner at the 75-acre Devil’s Gulch Ranch, with pours of Dutton-Goldfield Devils Gulch Ranch Marin County pinot noir, Sean Thackrey Andromeda Devils Gulch Ranch Marin County pinot noir (Sean Thackrey will be present!), Stubbs Vineyard chardonnay, Stubbs Vineyard merlot, Kalin Cellars sauvignon blanc, Pey-Marin Marin County riesling, Pey-Marin Marin County merlot, and more special surprises! 30 seats total at $200 per person (this popular event sold out last year). 100% of the proceeds will go to Papermill Creek Children's Corner. On-site childcare available. 6pm–9pm. Buy tickets here.

The Living Soil Spring Terroir Dinner at Quivira Vineyards & Winery
The grounds of Quivira are in the breathtaking Dry Creek Valley, so this event on Saturday May 16th definitely caught my eye. Quivira Vineyards & Winery is launching the first in a seasonal series of farm-to-table wine-estate dinners that lets visitors experience estate-produced wines paired with food sourced exclusively from the same farm, a unique expression of terroir.

In this inaugural spring dinner, guests will tour the biodynamic vineyard farm and learn the basics of farming biodynamically (composting, cover crops, “teas”) from Quivira staff. The meal from chef and biodynamic farmer Doug Nicosia will highlight seasonal ingredients like green garlic, pea shoots, and strawberries served family-style in Quivira’s estate garden. (I recently tried some of the farm’s products, including delicious honey and fig preserves, so you’re in for some quality produce–they even have their own olive oil.) Wines will be paired with each course, including Quivira’s 2008 mourvèdre-viognier rosé, 2008 Fig Tree sauvignon blanc, and 2006 syrah à Ampuis.

Tickets are $125 per person, with space limited to forty people. The cost includes appetizers, an estate tour with a biodynamic farming overview presented by Quivira’s farm manager and winemaker, a seated dinner in the garden, and Quivira wines enjoyed throughout. 4pm. To register for this event, please contact Relish at 877-759-1004 or www.relishculinary.com.

Farm to Feast Dinner–Dinner Under the Walnut Tree with Traci Des Jardins
The 3rd Annual Farm to Feast Dinner and Auction will take place on Summerfield Waldorf School’s 15-acre biodynamic farm on Saturday May 16th in Sonoma County.

Chef Traci Des Jardin of Jardinière, Acme Chophouse, and Mijita will be leading a team of renowned chefs: Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Sonoma County’s Zazu and Bovolo, and Galaxy Desserts pastry chef, Jean Yves Charon. They will be preparing an unforgettable meal with primarily local, organic ingredients (some produce and dairy even culled from sources 100 feet from the table), and premiere wines. 100% of the proceeds from this event will support tuition assistance for students who are immersed in studies of sustainable agriculture. 4pm–9:30pm.

Tickets are $175 per person, and are available online here or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Farm Dinners
May 2009

Various locations