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Third Annual Red Cross Farm to Table Dinner Raises Over $150,000

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Carmel, CA (November 17, 2016) — On Friday, November 4, nearly 350 community members from across the Central Coast celebrated the local impact of the American Red Cross while enjoying the finest offerings from local farms, restaurants, wineries, and distilleries at the Red Cross's third annual Farm to Table Dinner. Held at Carmel Valley Ranch, the event was presented by Benchmark Communities.

Thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors, the dinner raised more than $150,000 for Red Cross disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, said Michele Averill, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross of the Central Coast.

“We are very grateful for the contributions of so many people who — through this annual event — provide critical support for our programs right here in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties,” Averill said. “Local farms are very generous, and the evening couldn't even happen without the contributions of our local amazing chefs — Todd Fisher, Tim Wood, and Fabrice Roux, as well as Carmel Valley Ranch.”

The festivities kicked off with live music by The Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars and a tasting reception featuring dozens of area wineries and distilleries. Then, Chef Tim Wood of Carmel Valley Ranch, Chef Todd Fisher of Tarpy’s Roadhouse, and Chef Fabrice Roux of Roux prepared a unique, multi-course, family-style dinner, including scallion-cheddar cornbread, Bavarian pretzels, acorn summer squash with crispy chorizo, smoked salmon mascarpone mousse, seafood stew, carrot risotto, French cassoulet, strawberry shortcake, chocolate cake with whiskey frosting, and croque-en-bouche.

The chefs were assisted by Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy, and the dishes were served by students from the CSU Monterey Bay Hospitality Program.

Three donors also sponsored tables for a number of local first responders as well Red Cross volunteers.

The night culminated with an exciting live auction that benefitted the local programs and disaster services that the Red Cross provides in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties.

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

  • Presenting Sponsor: Benchmark Communities
  • Platinum Sponsors: Carmel Valley Ranch
  • Gold Sponsors: Blanny Hagenah, ROUX, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, and Tarpy’s Roadhouse
  • Silver Sponsors: Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Driscoll's, Granite Construction, Monterey Mushrooms, PG&E, and Thomson Alliance
  • Bronze Sponsors: American AgCredit, Dole, and Pebble Beach Company


About the American Red Cross of the Central Coast

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross of the Central Coast serves the residents of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. For more information, visit our website at or call us at 831-624-6921. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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