From Farm to Table Announces Kick-Off Dinner Event on Saturday July 30

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An Evening at Canvas Ranch features "Princess of Porc" Duskie Estes, recently returned from Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef."

From Farm to Table, an event management company based in Sonoma, has partnered with the nonprofit Family Farms of the Coastal Valleys, and will be holding a kickoff  dinner-in-the-field event on Saturday, July 30 at Canvas Ranch in west Petaluma. 

The fundraiser event features celebrity chef Duskie Estes for a gourmet dinner sourced and prepared direct from the fields and local farms of the area, and served right in the farm fields.  Duskie, owner of Zazu Restaurant and Black Pig Meat Company, recently appeared on Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef" and took the porcine crown at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. She'll create a farm-driven menu using ingredients from Canvas Ranch and farms and ranches within just a few miles of the event venue. Participating farms include Gleason Ranch, Tresch Dairy, Valley Ford Cheese Company, Bellwether Farms, McClelland Dairy, Della Fattoria Bakery, Hog Island Oysters, and more.

Family Farms of the Coastal Valleys is a fledgling nonprofit that encompasses farms, ranches and fisheries within the coastal valleys of Sonoma and Marin counties. The group was formed for the purpose of supporting the sustainability of family farms and ranches through education, and is a program of the Education Foundation of Sonoma County.

Celebrating family farms is nothing new for From Farm to Table founder Kim Ryals.  The Sonoma-based company began to see not just a niche to fill but a real need to provide locals a more direct connection to their food. "Sonoma's rich heritage of food and wine production makes it an agrarian paradise" said Ryals."There's a lot of interest in the lives of and stories behind the people who work so hard to feed us so well."

"Rolling hills, pastures and vineyards provide back drop to a quality of life here that's second to none," said Ryals, "but we need to be aware that these gifts require stewardship. To keep this bucolic landscape intact, it's important we celebrate our agricultural heritage and enjoy local products whenever we can. Opportunities now exist that run the gamut from buying direct to shopping farm markets to actually spending time on the land."
 
Tickets for the dinner are $160 per person and can be purchased through http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information, visit http://www.FromFarmToTable.com or call 707.256.9409.
 
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