Celebrate local agriculture at the “2019 Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series”

The dinner events also involve Ag students from Ventura High School.

Sustainability Now News
by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer)

Thursday, May 16th kicks off the 11th annual Totally Local VC’s “2019 Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series.” The celebrated, always sold-out dining event, takes place at unique Ventura County locations combine culinary creations featuring in-season produce from some of the area’s top chefs, local wines and brew, and other fares.

“We’ve been a sell-out from the very first event,” said Totally Local VC’s Kat Merrick. “Additionally, no two events are ever alike. We choose different agriculturally related farms and locations throughout the county, and that adds to the uniqueness of each dinner,” said Totally Local VC’s Kat Merrick.

The dinner events, which feature local chefs, farmers, and purveyors also involve Ag students from Ventura High School. Assisting with the dinner series serves to give the students a hands-on opportunity into their desired career choice and what it’s like working in the kitchen, as servers, and assisting with the event set-up.

For this year’s dinner located at Wicked Wire Ranch, Chef Michelle Keeney of La Dolce Vita will be preparing delectable dishes made with seasonal, local fare to be paired with local wines from Strey Cellars and libations including a signature cocktail from Mixologist Jared Krupp of 1901 Speakeasy. Rincon Brewery, Channel Islands Distillery, and Beacon Coffee provide additional libation.

As part of the Farm-to-Fork tradition, no menus are shared prior to the dinners. Pastry chef for the night is Anastasia Chavez of Ojai Beverage Company. Artist Frances Leon leads the music program, playing Latin Guitar. Ventura Rental Party Center supplies event furniture.

“We chose to host this event at Wicked Wire Ranch because it serves as a prime example of what beauty mother nature can bring from the ashes. My family lost our home and ranch in the Thomas Fire and watching the green grass and wildflowers take over the hillsides, and all the wildlife coming back gives hope that we will all be okay as we work toward recovery, said Merrick.”

Proceeds from this event will benefit Totally Local VC’s Love Project, also founded by Merrick, whose mission is to activate and organize members of the 805 community in the aftermath of a disaster to provide support and relief.

The Farm-to-Fork at Wicked Wire Ranch dinner commences on May 16th at 5:30 pm, costs $145.00 per person. Tickets are available at totallylocalvc.com.

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