Saturday, 5 September 2015

Rancho Del Oso Farm Dinner

It's been forever since I've posted, but I wanted to share an incredible experience I had with my family a few weeks ago at the Route 1 Farm Dinner series at Rancho Del Oso. Pardon the iPhone picutres...I forgot my Canon for this one! I'd never been to a farm dinner before, so I had no idea what to expect. Truth be told, I love going to farmer's markets on the weekends, but I'm not a "devout organic." However, learning about the way the vegetables are grown at this organic farm, versus other farms and commercial sources made me rethink my ways. Not only is it healthier for you to choose locally sourced organic fruits and vegetables, it also benefits your local community. 

The dinner itself started in the middle of a field off of Highway 1, just after Davenport and before Ano Nuevo. The setting was so beautiful and lush and the weather was perfect..sun shining without wind or fog (rare for that part of the coast!). We started off with appetizers including those colorful pickled beets and eggs below, and then made our way to a massive farm table that was beautifully decorated with white linen and dahlias and zinnias grown right on the property. The dishes (including braised lamb, caprese skewers, a vegetable polenta dish and a peach apple galette) were prepared by Ristorante Avanti chef Adolfo Martinez and the wine pairings were provided by Santa Cruz winery, Odanata Wines (the Malbec was lovely). Everything was fresh, flavorful and delicious and we were beyond stuffed by the end of the meal. All of the Route 1 dinners are sold out for the rest of the year, but I'd highly recommend checking back this winter/spring when they go on sale again. It's a lovely, local experience worth trying.

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