Farm-to-Fork has returned

Guests enjoyed the great food in the beautiful Harmon Canyon.

The Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series returned to Ventura on June 2 at Harmon Canyon.

The Totally Local VC Dinner Series has been getting to the root of great taste since 2006. It presents farm-to-fork dining events at iconic Ventura County locations with some of the area’s top-line chefs, purveyors, wines and brews, preparing seasonal selections harvested from the region’s most celebrated farms.

The Dinner Series is the brainchild of longtime Ventura resident and Totally Local VC founder Kat Merrick, who explains, “The goal is to draw attention not only to our local Agriculture community, but also to our outstanding local chefs and local businesses that have helped to make Ventura County such an amazing place to live. At the same time, we are bringing awareness to and deepening people’s appreciation of historic Ventura County locations.”

At the sold out dinner guests enjoyed food (small bites to dinner and dessert) served al fresco in a communal, family style in an elegant but unusual setting at Ventura Land Trust’s Harmon Canyon Preserve. The location is a virtual treasure trove of beauty with its meandering trails, scenic views, wildlife, and majestic oak groves.

Guests had the opportunity to talk with local farmers from whose land the food derived. As with the wine and beer, the producers will offer insight and context on the consumables.

The mission of Ventura Land Trust (VLT) is to permanently protect the land, water, wildlife, and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations. Founded in 2003, Ventura Land Trust is the largest accredited land trust in Ventura County.

Proceeds from the dinners go toward programs offered by the Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation, a 501(c)3) not-for-profit organization. These programs help students to connect the dots from field-to-fork and field-to-career. A percentage of the proceeds from the dinner event also went to the Ventura Land Trust to help with their conservation efforts.

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