Tickets are still available for a special event in Escalon, the second annual Farm to Fork Dinner hosted by Lorina’s Edible Garden, in cooperation with the Escalon Chamber of Commerce.
Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s scholarship fund for Escalon High School students and the evet will be hosted at Grandpa’s Barn on Enterprise Road, adjacent to the Lorina’s Edible Garden location.
The event starts with a no host bar at 6 p.m. (beer, wine and sangria available for purchase) and dinner will be served about 7 p.m., using many local fruits, vegetables and herbs to round out the tri-tip and chicken main course.
Organizer Lorina Cajias said zucchini, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes and more will be turned into sumptuous side dishes, with an herbed butter for the potatoes and plenty of other herbs utilized to enhance the flavor. Portuguese style bread will also be served.
“I literally wait until I see what I get,” Cajias admitted of finalizing the menu, with local growers stopping by to drop off fresh produce in the days leading up the dinner.
Cost is $40 per person which includes the multi-course meal and dessert. For the no host bar, at least one winery out of Lodi is slated to be on hand pouring, along with High Water brewing, also from the local area.
“We’re going to be using stone fruits, peaches, pluots,” Cajias said of developing a cobbler-style dessert.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Cajias at 402-7567 or visiting the website, www.lorinasediblegarden.net.
“They can order the tickets through Friday morning, we can pretty much take them up to the last minute,” she said, noting a Friday cutoff will give them enough time to adequately plan for the crowd.
Music for the evening will be provided by LilLana Cajias and organizers hope to raise money to contribute to the Chamber’s ongoing scholarships.
“Everybody will also get to take a bag of produce to take home,” Cajias said. “I have so many nice growers that bring me items; we hope to have a variety.”