Posted on June 24, 2012 by William
We are very excited and proud to have Barbara and David Clerici host a fantastic farm dinner this summer. They are opening up their ranch to all of us for an unforgettable evening of food, wine, and fun. We will be featuring wines of the esteemed Signorello Estate paired with 5 courses of delicious Italian themed farmhouse cuisine which would not be complete without homemade Italian cream sodas. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the ranch and watch your dinner being created right in front of your eyes in our open farm kitchen.
Dessert includes French pressed Napa Valley Coffee Roasters “Chinese Laundry” blend. Feel great about participation in this event as proceeds go to help raise awareness about local food systems, help support lo cal family farmers and small local businesses, and Connolly Ranch, a local nonprofit organization that connects local area youth with nature through hands-on environmental education and nutrition programs. Enjoy the slide show below which offers up views of Barbara and David’s ranch and photos of some past events. Ciao and hope to see ya out on the farm! Tickets available here.
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Posted on April 22, 2012 by William
After WWII, America realized what we thought was the golden promise of an Industrialized Era. We were (and are) an industrious bunch, working on efficiencies and trying to make EVERYTHING cheaper, better, faster… at any cost, apparently. We got good at it. VERY good. The problem is, in an era of excess, waste occurs. We are content with car that get 20 MPG when gas is under $2 a
gallon. Now it’s over $4 a gallon and we’re worried. We, as consumers don’t see why it’s so expensive. We don’t often realize that it takes MILLIONS of years to create the oil we use in practically EVERYTHING we produce from gas, to industrial fertilizers to plastic goods. It’s taken us under a hundred years to notice that oil is not unlimited and that we maybe running to the end of our supply. Millions of years to make, a century to use. Hmmm… Time to move on to something different.
What does this have to do with my garden? Nothing really, except that by planting a garden, you too can help save the Earth, just like supporting endeavors to utilize renewable energy sources. I guess they are linked. And, it is Earth day after all. And there’s only one Earth.
So, let’s ALL plan ahead. Invest in renewable energy now AND start finding ways to conserve water. Because, the next wars will be fought over H2O. Trust me. And it worries me. Plan now. Happy Earth Day, Earth.
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Posted on March 26, 2012 by William
We are pleased to announce a new farm will be joining us for a fantastic farm dinner! Mindy and Juston over at Full Table Farm in Yountville will be providing an array of farm goodies for one of our dinners. We are very excited because of the quality products and the naturally grown, organic manner in which they produce it.
I first met Mindy briefly at the farmer’s market at the Oxbow last season. Summer was winding down and I was looking for some veggies to sample. I was drawn to Mindy’s booth because of the cool sign she had… I just dig it for some reason. What a bonus to find how wonderful the vegetables were! They sell to several fine restaurants in the Valley and I can’t wait to have you try the goods. Check them out on Facebook, www.fulltablefarm.com or, better yet, come meet and dine with them at their featured dinner this summer. Full schedule to be released May 1st.
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Posted on March 24, 2012 by William
It has long been my goal to provide a portion of our proceeds from our farm dinners to a local nonprofit organization. I feel it’s simply not enough to be utilizing local food producers to purchase food from. There is so much more that can be done. Nonprofit organizations are the unsung heros that work in the silent background to help change antiquated laws or provide valuable community services. There are many out there. My challenge was finding one that was inline with my goals and philosophies of helping support local agriculture and raise awareness about the importance of local food systems. While there are many out there, I have found one that is able to be involved with the dinners and actively participate in promoting the cause.
Our initial goal was to donate $500 per sold out event. Well, now we feel that it can be much more. While keeping our farm dinner prices the same as our initial budget, I think that we will be able to put over 10 times more money into the hands of nonprofits. Funds that will go towards on-the-farm programs geared towards school aged children. Programs that teach children hands on about how a farm operates including everything from animal raising to composting to cooking and eating. I was very impressed. You can check out a bit about what they do in the video below. And follow this link to their website to learn more and become a friend. Better still, come out to one of our farm dinners (scheduled to be released May 1st) to learn more about what they do first hand.
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Posted on March 22, 2012 by William
Beans. What’s there to say? The magical fruit. Boiled beans can have a bad wrap for being boring. Being a culinarian, I have a deep appreciation for beans because they are very versatile and carry flavors very well. They have a great, satisfying texture and are very nutritious. Problem is, It’s not easy to find good beans. Commodity beans on the market today are mere holograms of the original, rich tasting heirloom varieties. Supermarket beans can be many years old and beans do not age very well.
With that being said, I have found a producer of these rich, heirloom variety beans and, what’s more, they are local to Northern California. Enter in Rancho Gordo. Steve started his bean company because he found supermarket produce lacked flavor and quality. Lucky for us. He also sells dried corn, chili, some grains and a few other goodies. Check him out here; http://www.ranchogordo.com/html/rg_story.htm
We are proud to announce that we will be using Rancho Gordo for all our bean and dried corn needs for every Farm Dinner Event. Stop by the Rancho Gordo store in Napa or come to one of our farm dinners this Summer. Our Farm Dinner schedule will be posted in the following weeks.
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Posted on March 21, 2012 by William
After spending a little bit of time and “research” (read – eating), we have decided on a local baker to use for Beyond the Kitchen farm dinners. The choice was made for several reasons. Not only is the quality some of the best, but the story of this bakery and the history involved are a perfect fit for what we are all about.
1908 this place opened as a bakery in St. Helena and is continuing the tradition to this day. Rechristened as the Model Bakery over 25 years ago, they still bake out of the same brick ovens that were originally installed in the 1920′s. While I have yet to try them, I hear the english muffins are killer.
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Posted on March 20, 2012 by William
We have been working hard hammering out the details for our premier farm dinner series. Well, we are now one step closer! We have decided to use Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company coffee for our events. I met Charlie today at the Saint Helena roasting house and sampled many selections. He seemed pretty excited when I mentioned that it was all going to be French pressed. I can’t blame him. So, look for Charlie’s roasted coffee at our events as we celebrate all the greatness Napa Valley has to offer!
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