Although temperatures soared over 100 degrees during the Colusa County Fair, the heat in the kitchen didn’t keep eight local chefs off the 2014 Commodity Demonstration Stage.
On Saturday, June 7, 2014 the commodity demonstrations started off with Chef Darren Haugh of Steelhead Lodge, Bar and Grill preparing a cheese and rice stuffed portabella mushrooms. While, Colusa local, Nancy Newlin, owner of Colusa Legal Support Services cooked sweet and savory crapes.
Newlin along with her husband and ‘sous chef’, Ralph Newlin, prepared a chicken divan crepe for the main course, and chocolate nutella crepe with strawberries and bananas.
This was Newlin’s second year participating in the demonstration.
“This is a great opportunity to demonstrate our local commodities around the county,” said Newlin, “I would do it again next year.”
Additionally David Ferraiuolo, and Chef Ross Montejano prepared cheese and rice stuffed portabella mushrooms.
The demonstrators kept on cooking and the crowds kept coming.
On Sunday, Colusa County Master Gardener, Gerry Hernandez took to the stage with a veggie lasagna recipe that she has been cooking for many years.
“I love cooking it because it’s very cheesy!” said Hernandez.
This was Hernandez’s first year demonstrating at the commodity stage.
“For several years I had my booth in Festival Hall and watched the demonstrations,” she added, “I wanted to participate this year, and it was a ton of fun!”
Following Hernandez was Theresa Bright of Jeffreys Ranch Pecans who cooked a pecan crusted chicken, and Stephani Roy-Sisemore of Pampered Chef prepared.
Additionally, new chefs, Nora Pinon and Pedro Uriostegue representing the Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion prepared savory Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms.
The Colusa County Commodity Demonstration Stage, originated four years ago as the Premier Mushroom Demonstration Stage. This is where local chefs from area restaurants prepared dishes that contained mushrooms.
For the past two years the demonstration menus were open to any product grown or produced in Colusa County and other area companies have joined in to sponsor the venue.
This year, although not required, chefs used mushrooms in their dishes. The mushrooms were provided for the cooks by Colusa Counties own, Premier Mushrooms Inc..
In addition to Premier Mushrooms Inc., this year’s stage sponsors included Central Valley Gas Storage, Colusa Casino Resort, Jeffries Ranch Pecans and the 44th District Agriculture Association.■