Enjoy gourmet food from over 20 of the best chefs in Lake and Mendocino Counties at the Third Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner on Tuesday June 13, from 6-9 pm at Yokayo Ranch. During this open-air celebration guests will enjoy live music and seasonal small plates. This unique event pairs farmers with chefs, and together they present inspired dishes designed to excite the pallet while showcasing exceptional, locally grown produce. Local beer and wine plus specialty Summer Solstice inspired cocktails courtesy of American Craft Whisky Distillery, are included.
Set against the backdrop of Yokayo Ranch, a 40-acre hillside ranch built in the 1920’s, guests will be delighted by the natural beauty of this spectacular country setting. The evening’s program will also include a farm tour of Yokayo Roots Farm, a keynote speaker, farmer success stories, and a live auction.
Farmers, restaurant owners, and chefs, are already preparing menu combinations for this year’s guests. Julia Kendrick Conway, chef and proprietor of Assaggiare Mendocino adds:
Last year’s event was delightful, truly one-of-a-kind. It’s rewarding to be involved in an event that celebrates delicious, fresh, locally grown food. We’re excited to team up with another farm this year to create a new, seasonally inspired dish.
Designed to bring together the entire food system is one experience; all event proceeds support the Good Farm Fund’s Farm Grant Program, which funds food stamp doubling at farmer’s markets and works to support and grow small, local food farms by funding capacity-building projects like greenhouses, farmstands, equipment, and fencing. Applications are reviewed by the Good Farm Fund Board and any farmer residing in Lake or Mendocino County may apply.
In 2016, the Farm Grant Program awarded $20,000 to 14 local food farms. Anderson Valley Community Farm, one of the largest grant recipients, was awarded $3300 to build a farmstand to use as a CSA pickup location with products such as jams, pickles, olives and soap. Grant funds were also used to gravel the driveway, making it more accessible to the public.
Tickets for the Third Annual Summer Solstice Farm to Table Benefit Dinner are on sale now. Pre-registration is $100 per person or $125 at the event. Purchase online at goodfarmfund.org, or at the following Ukiah establishments: JD Redhouse & Co, Mendocino Book Co, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op and Westside Renaissance Market. For a complete list of farmers and chefs, or to learn more about the Good Farm Fund Grant program, please visit goodfarmfund.org
Chefs & Restaurants
Assagiare Mendocio, Bewildered Pig, Black Dog Farm & Catering, Black Oak Coffee, Boonville General Store, Byram’s Bread, Caring Kitchen, Chop Chop, Cucina Verona, Elevensies, Elizabeth Archer, Fairall Farm, GG’s Cookies, Kemmy’s Pies, Mendocino College, Pacific Plate, Pennyroyal Farmstead Cheese, Rachel Britten, Saucy, Schat’s, Tango Foods, Taste buds, Trillium Cafe, Wholly Bowl, Wild Fish, Zocalo Collective
Farmers & Producers
Anderson Valley Community Farm, Carson and Bees, Cerro Negro, Cinnamon Bear Farm, Covelo Organic, Ecology Action, Feriera Forest Farm, Floodgate Farm, Fortunate Farm, Green Uprising Farm, Irene’s Garden, Love Farm, Mendocino Grain Project, Mendocino Lavender, Mossy Falls Farm, North Coast Brewing Company, Noyo Fish Company, Nye Ranch, Oak Granary, Oz Farm, Parducci Vineyard, Potter Valley Unconventional Agriculture, Princess Seafood, School of Adaptive Agriculture, Seely Farm Stand, Shamrock Chevre, Sister’s Ridge, Tequio Farm, Yokayo Roots Farm
Guests may lodge at Yokayo Ranch. Two large houses and two cabanas, sleeping 20+ people, are available. Each house is historically decorated, while providing all the amenities of modern life. The houses surround lawns, covered patios, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen.
Enjoy all the fun without worrying about traveling! Everything is set up to make your night a breeze. Book your room in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Rooms are $100 per night.
The Good Farm Fund is supported by various sponsors. Foundation sponsors support the grant program and include Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Frey Vineyards, and Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op. The 2017 event sponsors are American Craft Whiskey, Cold Creek Compost, KZYZ, Mendo Lake Food Hub, Mendocino Winegrowers, North Coast Brewing Company, North Coast Opportunities, Parducci, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Surf Market, and Thompson Party Rentals. Hospice Services of Lake County Thrift Stores, along with Mendocino County thrift stores, provided a silverware donation. This event was also supported by the West Region Economic Opportunity Grants Program provided by Wells Fargo.
While each sponsor is vital to the Good Farm Fund, sponsors like the Mendo Lake Food hub specifically work to strengthen the restaurant-farmer relationship by providing an efficient, local produce ordering and distribution system all year long.”