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First Annual Red Cross Farm to Table Dinner a Success!

2014-10-17 - Monterey Bay - First Annual Red Cross Farm to Table Dinner a Success!

Carmel Valley - Combining the best offerings from area farms, local wines and a beautiful outdoor setting, more than 200 community members gathered to celebrate and learn about the local impact of the American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter at the inaugural Farm to Table event.

“I’m so thrilled to bring together local chefs, farms and wineries to benefit the work of the Red Cross here in Monterey & San Benito Counties,” said Monterey Bay Area Chapter Chief Executive Officer, Michele Averill. “Gardener Ranch was the perfect outdoor setting to enjoy all the evening had to offer.”

The October 3rd event was hosted by the Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter and sponsored by Wells Fargo at Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley. The festivities kicked off with music by the Mario Flores Latin Jazz Band. Attendees enjoyed a wine and beer tasting reception and a photo galley by Randy Tunnell displayed pictures featuring local Red Cross volunteers serving their community.

At dinner, Chef Todd Fisher of Tarpy’s Restaurant and Chef Tim Wood of Carmel Valley Ranch served a multi-course meal, including dishes like corn and Monterey Bay Dungenuess crab soup, Swank Farm beet and fennel salad, local line caught Seabass with onion gnocchi and miniature s’more shots. At the end of the night, a special Pinpoint video was shown highlighting the dedicated volunteers who provide relief to families affected by emergencies, such as house fires, in Monterey and San Benito Counties every week. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and guests, over $60,000 was raised to support disaster preparedness and relief in Monterey and San Benito Counties.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

Thank you to all participating sponsors for this Farm to Table Dinner event:

  • Gourmet Sponsor: Wells Fargo Bank
  • Culinary Sponsors: Gardener Ranch, Carmel Valley Ranch, Tarpy’s Roadhouse
  • Harvest Sponsors: Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Pinpoint
  • Garden Sponsors: Alvarez Technology Group, Inc., PG&E, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Scheid Vineyards, Union Bank
  • Seedling Sponsors: California State University Monterey Bay, CSUMB Hospitality Program, Rabobank
  • Premier Wine Patrons: Cowgirl Winery, Georis Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Leal Vineyards, Scheid Vineyards
  • Wine & Beer Sponsors: Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill, Bernardus Winery and Dawn’s Dream Winery