A cool Facebook memory popped up on my page this morning: The Nevada City “farm to table banquet.” As I reported at the time:
“Welcome friends, neighbors and guests!” read the program for the sold-out Nevada City farm to table banquet on Sunday night in the historic downtown. “Tonight you will encounter the culmination of months of dreaming and laying plans on how we could deliver the best of Nevada City and its abundance.
“This seven-course meal has been tailored by the seasons and the hard-working hands of our farmers. We come together so as to assist the ever popular First Friday Art Walk and their music scene on the Boardwalk.
“But the biggest reason we hold this banquet is to simply exemplify the potential of Nevada City, its citizens, and the abundance that originally brought us to this area and keeps us here.”
We all sat at one long table of 120 diners on Commercial Street under the terrazzo lights — a magical setting. It was our third time, as one of the servers Mackenzie Hardwick reminded us. We noted how our son’s middle name was Mackenzie (one of his grandmothers’ maiden names). It was an eclectic mix of diners.
Toward the end of the night, I sat on a hay bale with Matt Margulies, and we marveled at the sight (joking that it contradicted the often acrimonious nature of late in Nevada City).
Like the Amgen Tour of California (thanks to Duane Strawser), events like this showcase our outdoors, bounty of local food, farmers, music, arts and culture, and the bright side of small-town life.