Liz Harper, executive director of the Colusa County Resource Conservation District and this years guest speaker at the Colusa County Farm to Fork Dinner, said she was very impressed as she addressed the crowd during the annual event.
“This is Colusa,” Harper said. “And this is what is feels like to be from Colusa.”
On June 20, the fourth annual Colusa County Farm to Fork dinner offered a locally sourced feast as well as drinks, live music and raffle prizes to the over 200 local residents in attendance.
Thirty-eight sponsors from all over the county came together to bring the dinner to fruition again this year.
“The dinner turned out really good,” said event organizer Jennifer Diaz. “We have had a lot of community support.”
All of the proceeds from the annual dinner go right back to the community, Diaz said.
“We created this event to raise awareness for the Colusa Certified Farmers Market, to support the City of Colusa’s Concert in the Park and to raise funds for county-wide non-profit and service organizations through the Premier Mushroom Grant Program,” Diaz said.
While the total amount of money raised at this years dinner could not be confirmed at the time of publication, Diaz said 13 local organizations profited from the money raised last year.
“We put the money together from the dinner and the sales of mushrooms at the Arbuckle Farmers Market and the Colusa Certified Farmers Market,” Diaz said. “Premier Mushrooms donates the mushrooms and 100 percent of the sales benefit the non-profit organizations.”
When guests arrived, they were greeted with a glass of wine provided by Arbuckle grown Grindstone Winery and appetizers provided by Rocco’s Bar and Grill.
Rocco’s also supplied the fruit salad and mixed roasted vegetables that were paired with the prime rib and vegetable lasagna served by Market Street Grill, rice pilaf made by The Refuge and salad made by Pat Myers to complete the plentiful main course.
A variety of desserts and bread were provided by Lori’s California Pantry and the olive oil for the bread was provided by Organic Roots.
Locally grown produce was incorporated into everything served at the dinner, provided by J. Hieir Farms, Jeffreys Ranch, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co., Bremmer Farms, Premier Mushrooms, Knaughty Farms, Rosita Ranch, Olam SVI Cannery in Williams and the local producers that supply goods weekly at the Colusa Certified Farmers Market.
Throughout the eventing, attendees mingled and socialized with the sounds of country music in the background. The Yuba City based duo Amanda Gray and Chris Lockhart provided the musical entertainment, performing popular country hits, in addition to original songs.
Prizes for the raffle were all donated by local businesses as well, including Ritchie’s Florist, River Road Lavender Company, Lori Garofalo, Knaughty Farms, Lynne Spivak, Family Water Alliance, Ben’s Grass Fed Beef, Rosita Ranch, Colusa Floor Covering and Colusa Industrial Properties.