As the sun was setting in Colusa on Thursday, local foods were served by local restaurateurs at the Farm to Fork dinner.
The brick arch at Veteran’s Memorial Park served as a grand entrance to the event, giving it a sense that this was not just a picnic. Nestled between tall trees, tables – decorated in a rustic chic style by the Master Gardeners – set a tone of natural elegance.
Four years running, the dining event has not run out of steam.
There were “at least 200 or more” in attendance, estimated Jennifer Diaz, organizer for the event.
Diaz expressed her gratitude to the many contributors for the event and she, with the help of Savannah Miller from Colusa Industrial Properties, recognized them individually.
One of four committee members for the Colusa County Grown Organization, Liz Harper expressed the aim of the event was to connect resident consumers with vendors in the region.
“(Our) vision is to connect our community to our local producers that want to sell their goods in a direct market,” said Harper.
The bountiful harvest of fresh fruit and grilled vegetables were served with rice side dishes. The diners were given vegetarian lasagna and a hearty helping of seasoned meat that was moist even without the au jus. Those in attendance dined alfresco with the acoustic ambiance of guitar. Amanda Gray and Chris Lockheart from the band “Whiskey Savage” called themselves “2/5ths of Whiskey.”
Desert options were plentiful: fruit tarts, rice pudding, old fashioned prune cake, brownie bites, lemon-olive oil pound cake, butter pecan cookies, and lemon-lavender cookies. While people enjoyed their sweets and wine provided by Grindstone, the many raffle prizes were called out. Sara Niles was the big winner of goodies after her ticket was called for the door prize.
Locals, including Leslie Poland and Pam DaGrossa, were present with family who traveled from as far as Southern California for the event. The dinner gave the family an opportunity to celebrate the birthday of their matriarch, Loretta Judd, who came up from Ventura.
“We’ve been to all of them, minus the first year,” said Lisa Borok, one of the three raffle winners sitting at their table.
Elly Gutierrez, of Elvira G. Photography, was busy capturing their smiles in the golden light from the sunset. A calm breeze provided a comfortable atmosphere; socialization was easy with familiar faces, while visitors provided refreshing to the discussions.
People continued to enjoy each other’s company until the sun went down. Looking back on the evening, Diaz reflected that everything went very smoothly. ■