Farm-to-fork gala dinner on Tower Bridge sells out in five minutes – from the Sacramento Business Journal

July 23, 2014 in Eating, Featured Story, Front Page Post, News Feed, Northern California, Taryn Smith

That was fast! The 600 tickets to the farm-to-fork celebration dinner on the Tower Bridge sold out in five minutes.

Individual tickets were limited to four per person. Tables of eight cost $5,000 each. Individual tickets were $175.

Seed Saving Workshop in Sacramento

July 21, 2014 in Featured Story, Front Page Post, News Feed, Northern California

If you’re near the Sacramento area and interested in preserving seeds to grow your own crops, attend this FREE workshop taught by the founder of the Yisrael Family Farm!

Tuesday, July 22, from 6:30pm – 7:45pm, the workshop will be held at the Colonial Heights Library at 4799 Stockton Blvd.  Sacramento, CA 95820

Death by Sugar, how the Standard American Diet is killing our nation (plus a sweet no sugar added recipe!)

July 7, 2014 in Eating, Featured Story, Food, Front Page Post, healthy living, Recipes, Taryn Smith

Newsflash!  Sugar isn’t good for you.

OK, so as long as grocery shopping moms have conducted covert operations to get their children past candy and cereal aisles, we’ve known all about the ills that come with consuming too much sugar.  But a new documentary shines a light on hidden added sugars the processed food industry has been stuffing into our nation’s food supply.  A whopping 80% of grocery store food contains added sugar!  Wow.  No wonder we’re so unhealthy!

Holiday Gift Giving from the Farmers Market

December 20, 2013 in Featured Story, Front Page Post, Holidays, Shopping, Taryn Smith

If you’re like me, you’ve waited until the weekend before Christmas to get the bulk of your gift shopping done!  But never fear – I plan to hit the farmers market pretty hard this weekend, in search of unique and special gifts that will surely be treasured by friends and family.  I know I’d much rather receive a beautiful hand made platter, unique leather satchel, artisan olive oil or jar of honey than some piece of electronics made in a foreign country and purchased from a large chain store from Anywhere, U.S.A.!!  Which would you prefer?

Chances are, you have a farmers market in your neighborhood with plenty of delicious, festive and special gifts to choose from.  If you haven’t visited a farmers market in a while, you may be surprised at the variety of high quality products available from an array of vendors. Here’s our list of ideas that might help you find just the right present for that hard to please family member on your Christmas list.

Fresh Roasted Crumb Topped Pumpkin Squares + Enter to win a Kitchen Aid Professional 6-Quart Stand Mixer!

November 7, 2013 in Cooking, Eating, Featured Recipes, Front Page Post, Recipes, Taryn Smith

We’ve been giving lots of coverage to the Village Green Network Fall e-Book, Cooking Class, Podcast and Magazine Bundle Sale – in part because we’re super excited to be on board with VGN, but also because we don’t want you to miss out on this great deal!

And on top of the awesome bundle deal, they’re giving away tons of even more awesome prizes every day.  Today’s giveaway is a Kitchen Aid Professional 6-Quart stand mixer.  Let me tell you, if our house was burning down, I think I would wrestle my husband just so I could go back inside to save my kitchen aid mixer.

Fall into Health Autumn Sale – eBooks, Podcasts, Cooking Classes and More!

November 5, 2013 in Cooking, Eating, Eco-Friendly Cleaning products, Farm to Home, Front Page Post, Recipes

We’re so excited to have joined the Village Green Network team of bloggers!  We’ve followed their site for a while now and have always enjoyed their cooking tips, real food recipes and nutrition information.  In fact, it was in one of their online health summits where I learned how to take it up a notch nutritionally with traditionally prepared whole foods.  I have yet to find one source with so many highly skilled bloggers who are really on the cutting edge of the real food movement.

So now that we’re officially on board, it’s our pleasure to offer you their Autumn eBook, Podcast and Cooking Class bundle, which is on sale for the bargain price of $39 this week only.  You could easily pay that much for just one eBook nowadays – but this bundle provides 47 eBooks, 15 podcasts, 3 online video classes, 2 meal plans, 21 discount coupons, and 2 magazines, well over $2000 in value.  If you’re new to the whole food lifestyle, are considering “going paleo,” or just need some new healthy recipes, you absolutely must have this bundle.  Trust me, the journey to real food can be arduous, so the wisdom (and recipes!) from those who have gone before us can be a literal life saver.

National Food Day to be Celebrated at Sacramento State on Oct. 24 – Eat & Drink

October 20, 2013 in Cooking, Eating, Front Page Post, News Feed, Northern California

Eric, Angela and I had the pleasure of attending the CSUS sponsored “Envisioning California: Farm to Fork” conference last week in downtown Sacramento.  It was a great event with some very interesting panels and speakers, and refreshing to see this phenomenon take hold in such an impactful way.

Now, next on the agenda and again sponsored by Sac State is National Food Day!

Staying Social, Informed, and Active: 24th Annual Envisioning California Conference | The Law Chef

October 19, 2013 in Eric Ratinoff, Front Page Post

Thanks to Eric Ratinoff, The Law Chef, for this contribution!

Read the article here: Staying Social, Informed, and Active: 24th Annual Envisioning California Conference | The Law Chef.

Santa Barbara Sol Food Festival

October 10, 2013 in Agritourism, Clare Edwards, Cooking, Eating, Front Page Post, Local Restaurants, Southern California Farm to Table Restaurants, Southern California Farmers Markets

A very sunny Saturday, September 28th saw Santa Barbara’s second annual SOL Food Festival. Held in Vera Cruz Park in downtown Santa Barbara, community members of the central coast gathered together to celebrate sustainable, organic, local (SOL) food. The festival was a blast and has grown a fair amount from last year’s event. Whether you came to learn about cultural traditions surrounding food, meet with foodie friends, or just get down on some grub, SOL Food had it all.

An impressive lineup of vendors ruled the park perimeter from early morning until sunset, spilling out onto nearby streets and lots. Local chefs and proud farmers alike roamed around to spread the joys of embracing whole foods. Various sustainable-based organizations like Environmental Defense Center, SB Permaculture Network, and Transition to Organics held booths to share information about growing food using safe, sustainable practices. These groups and more provided multiple channels for open dialogue about the many elements that go into producing SOL food, like teaching how to save seeds, proper water management, and ideas about how to begin your own community garden. All were welcome to take a step past discussion and get dirty with hands-on workshops teaching food culturing, canning and sprouting techniques.