KIDS-TO-FARMS BENEFIT DINNER TO DEBUT
AT CAMARILLO RANCH ON MAY 9, 2015
Rustic Dinner Will Feature Cocktails, Fine Wines,
Mediterranean-Italian Cuisine, Live Music and Dancing
(Ventura, CA) – Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) and Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley (BGCSCV) are proud to debut the Kids-to-Farms Dinner on May 9, 2015 at the beautiful and historic Camarillo Ranch. This classic ranch-themed affair will feature delectable food, wine and drink tastings, a cocktail reception, live music, dancing and an auction.
The evening begins with a VIP hour on the Adolfo Victorian Lawn where patrons and sponsors will enjoy tastings of fine wines, fresh oysters from local favorite, The Jolly Oyster, and truffle caviar on blinis. A cocktail hour for all attendees follows, with gourmand growers offering tempting gourmet appetizers, while award-winning mixologist Patrick Reynolds pours hand-crafted seasonal cocktails, accompanied by the music of internationally-acclaimed Latin guitarist and harpist Xocoyotzin Moraza. In addition, champion dressage rider Monica Houweling of Houweling’s Tomatoes, will provide a dazzling demonstration of “Horse Ballet.”
A live auction will be lead by Ventura County Superintendent Kathy Long, where guests can vie for a chance to win prizes and experiences such as vacation home getaways and fine wines. A highlight of the auction will be three extraordinary culinary packages. One is entitled “Speak, Eat, Cook, Drink – the Italian Experience,” consisting of a private home cooking class by Clarissa Fishman for eight, followed by a four-course dinner paired with Four Brix wines. This auction item also includes a bottle of cult favorite Sine Qua Non 2012 “Stein” (Grenache). The other is a private dinner for eight in the successful bidder’s home by popular Ventura County farm-to-table Chef Tim Kilcoyne, and includes a bottle of 2012 Andremily Syrah (the label of Sine Qua Non’s winemaker), and two bottles of Four Brix Winery’s Brix Mix 2011 Red Blend. The third is a private dinner for eight at the acclaimed restaurant of Herzog Winery – Tierra Sur – and includes a bottle of Sine Qua Non 2011 “The Line.”
A sumptuous 3-course rustic Italian-Mediterranean banquet of Caponata Siciliana and Salsiccie di Maiale e Pollo by Café Fiore and farm-to-table Chef Tim Kilcoyne will be served for dinner, followed by a vintage dessert station. Wines for the reception and dinner will be provided by Malibu Family Wines and Summerland Winery, including Malibu Wines’ Saddlerock Chardonnay, and Summerland Winery’s NV Sparkling Brut and their 2012 Estate Pinot Noir from the Theresa Noelle Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills.
After dinner, guests are invited to enjoy dancing and live music by Grammy award-winning artist, Todd Hannigan.
Proceeds from the Kids-to-Farm Dinner will support SEEAG and BGCSCV and their joint grade-specific after school agricultural education program. The program consists of classroom training in agricultural literacy, and grade-specific field trips to local farms for experiential learning. This program will serve low-income and under served students that have rich ties to agriculture, will provide them with the understanding of the importance of agriculture, the journey of our food process, and will instill them with pride for the work their families do.
Sponsorships and tickets are available for purchase online at mayfarmdinner.eventzilla.net. The Kids-to-Farms Dinner will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic Camarillo Ranch located at 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, CA 93012. Complimentary parking is available. For more information about the Kids-to-Farms Dinner and SEEAG, please visit www.seeag.org.
Founded in 2008 in Ventura County, Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) aims to help young students truly understand the origins of their food by bridging the gap between agriculture and consumption through its agricultural education programming. SEEAG‘s Farm to Table – The Journey of Our Food From Field to Fork Program available in Ventura and Los Angeles counties teaches elementary school children about the origins of their food and the importance of local farmland by providing schools with classroom agricultural education and free field trips to farms. Through this program, over 8,000 Ventura County elementary school students have increased their understanding of the food journey. For more information, please visit www.seeag.org or email Mary Maranville at firstname.lastname@example.org.