Historic Nevada City debuts a farm-to-table banquet tonight

Editor’s note: For years, we’ve been regulars at the Argentinian Lamb Asado at the Quist Estate on the shores of Lake Tahoe. It is a fundraiser benefiting ski racers from North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. The food, setting and attendees (many of whom are our friends) are sensational.

Now we’re looking forward to this first-time event: A farm-to-table banquet in Nevada City, benefitting the Boardwalk Fund, which brings live music to the historic district.

On Sunday night, from 7-11 p.m., Lower Commercial Street will be transformed by strings of terrazzo lights crisscrossing overhead, straw bales, and a formal dinner setting for 100.

Sunflowers on the Boardwalk, planted earlier for the seminal event, are already popping in preparation for the extravaganza.

Event organizer and former Nevada City City Councilwoman, Reinette Senum, has been preparing the Boardwalk on Commercial Street as well as rounding up volunteers and partners. “This has been on my bucket list of things to organize for a few years now,” Senum said.

The organic menu, designed by Sierra Farm to Table Events & Catering’s, Shanan Manuel, will be showcasing local and organic produce from surrounding organic farms. Manuel, an organic farmer and sustainable caterer, said, “I am committed to local, organic farmers being the medicine for our future.”

Participating restaurants thus far includes Matteo’s Public, Café Mekka, Pete’s Pizza, Lefty’s, and The Fix, and Manuel’s Sierra Farm to Table Event & Catering and Stone Soup Catering. Participating farms includes: Dinner Bell, Mountain Bounty, Riverhill, and First Rain Farms, to name a few.

Margarita Aperitif

Watermelon Gazpacho

Chimichurri Chicken with Pomegranate Salsa

Polenta & Vegetables with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (vegetarian option)

Wild Rice Pilaf with Fig, Pecan & Thyme

Mizuna with Grilled Peach & Gorgonzola

Homemade Ice Cream with Seasonal Berry Pan Sauce

-Reinette Senum and the Boardwalk Fund
(photo: Reinette Senum’s Facebook page)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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