Agriculture

Farm to Table Dinner supports Ag Science Center

Hundreds of people will gather at the Farm to Table Dinner to raise money for the National Ag Science Center, based in Modesto.

The Aug. 10 event will take place once again at the Stanislaus Farm Supply research farm, near the south end of Ceres. The $100 tickets must be purchased by Wednesday.

The center operates Ag in Motion, a mobile laboratory where junior high school students can learn about farm-related careers, among other programs.

The dinner will feature mostly food grown in Stanislaus County, said Ann Endsley, owner of Greens Catering, which will do the cooking. She provided a preview for the media Tuesday.

Diners will start with caprese salad made with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and pesto vinaigrette. They will move on to a main course of short ribs, green polenta and balsamic herb-roasted vegetables. Dessert is peach crisp and vanilla gelato in a mason jar.

E.&J. Gallo Winery of Modesto will supply the wines for the meal. Pre-dinner samples will come from Bronco Wine Co. and D’Art Wines. Nutcher Milk Co., which bottles its products on a dairy farm southwest of Modesto, will offer tastings.

Ratto Bros., Haley Farms and Four Seasons Farms will provide some of the dinner ingredients.

The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with tours of the farm and tastings. Dinner will be at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at www.agsciencecenter.org. More information is at 209-521-2902.

John Holland: 209-578-2385

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