Farm to Table Dinner to showcase Stanislaus County eats

jholland@modbee.comMay 28, 2013 

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— Farmers and winemakers will become teachers June 6 at the second annual Farm to Table Dinner in Modesto.

The event will showcase food and wine from Stanislaus County and raise money for Ag in Motion, a mobile classroom that visits junior high schools.

For $60, participants can enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Greens Table restaurant and mingle with some of the food and wine producers.

"The whole goal of this dinner is to get the adults to make the connection," said Michele Laverty, director of the National Ag Science Center, which created Ag in Motion.

The dinner will be held at Four Seasons Farms in west Modesto. It is owned by Ann Endsley, who also owns the Greens locations on 10th Street and Bangs Avenue.

"The reason we started is because we live in this rich agricultural valley," she said. "We are celebrating this amazing local food."

Tuesday morning at the downtown location, Endsley laid out samples of the June 6 fare.

For the first course, she plans a trio of appetizers made with organic Four Seasons tomatoes and ingredients from other producers.

The second course is a salad with field greens from Ratto Bros., goat cheese from Nicolau Farms, organic almonds from Burroughs Family Farms, dried apricots from Bella Viva Orchards, olive oil from California Gold and edible organic flowers from Four Seasons.

Up third is a beef filet from multiple producers, atop a risotto cake with SupHerb Farms chives, served with roasted vegetables from Kline-Cushing Organic Farms.

Dessert is Greens vanilla bean gelato with seasonal fruit from Ott Farms and DePalma Farms. It comes with shortbread cookies made with red walnuts from Wood Colony Nut Co.

Wine will be served during a social hour and with each course.

Ag in Motion, which debuted in 2011, provides 20 laboratory stations where students can learn about seeds, insects, DNA and other topics.

In the school year that just ended, it served about 14,000 seventh- and eighth-graders at campuses all over Stanislaus County and one in Escalon, Laverty said.

Bee staff writer John Holland can be reached at jholland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2385.


FARM TO TABLE DINNER

WHEN: 6-8:30 p.m., June 6

WHERE: Four Seasons Farms, 1600 California Ave., Modesto

COST: $60

RESERVATIONS: Go to http://agsciencecenter.org or call (209) 521-2902

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