Escalon Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Lorina’s Edible Garden, is hosting a special Farm to Fork Dinner this weekend, the meal slated for Saturday, Aug. 22. Proceeds of the event will benefit the chamber and the dinner will be staged at Grandpa’s Barn, a popular event site at 17693 Enterprise Road, Escalon. The barn is next to Lorina’s Edible Garden location, so many of the ‘pieces’ of the Farm to Fork event will be brought in from the garden.
“Everything is looking good, I can do ticket sales as late as Friday morning,” said Lorina Cajias, owner of Lorina’s Edible Garden.
Those who haven’t purchased tickets yet can visit the website, lorinasediblegarden.net and purchase them there; buyers will then be added to the guest list. Mobile phone users can also go to the website and one click on the marketplace tab will take them to the ticket sales. Tickets are $40 per person and that includes appetizers, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. Wine and beer will be available by the glass at an additional cost.
“I think I probably have about 40 paid guests, and 10 or so volunteers that we are paying with the dinner,” Cajias said on Tuesday. “We want to end up with a nice donation for the chamber.”
Dinner will include chicken and tri tip cooked in an old fashioned barrel cooker, vegetables with fresh herbs, salads dressed with garden flavors and fruits. Barbecue in a Barrel will be cooking the meat, while the evening will also include information and the sharing of recipes with herbs and oils, the herbs grown at Lorina’s garden.
“Bava, Fisher and Terpstra farms have all made donations,” Cajias added of serving up fresh fruits and vegetables, with the locally grown produce adding to the ‘farm to fork’ element.
Appetizers and social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner itself is set for 7:30 p.m.
Cajias said donations are also still coming in – and more are welcome, whether it’s a monetary donation or products. She is still working with some local vendors as well, getting last minute items in.
“We’ll be doing some vegetable sautéing, serving items right off the grill, we will have lots of fresh fruits for dessert,” she explained. “I’m very excited.”
Purchase tickets online at lorinasediblegarden.net or call 209-402-7567.