Grazing at the Kitchen Table, October 1, 2015
LIVE AUCTION: Take a Load Off - Getaway to Sebastopol
Take a weekend to slow down, unplug, and unwind in the laid-back town of Sebastopol. Spend two nights at the lovely residence at GrowKitchen, It’s a beautiful light-filled space in West Sonoma County that overlooks a sweet little farm with goats, chickens and a large vegetable garden that is filled with fresh organic produce that you can harvest!
Of course, there are some delicious farm-to-table restaurants to dine at in town (Peter Lowell’s, anyone?), but why bother heading out on the town when you can whip up your very own chef-inspired (and prepped) dishes delivered to you by DIN. In just 20 minutes, you can enjoy a gourmet meal in the comforts of your new digs.
And what getaway would be complete without some beautiful wine to sip on? We’ve got 2 bottles of the yet-to-be-released to the public Ridge Vineyards 2013 Carmichael Zinfandel to help ease you into your weekend of relaxation. The bottles are ready to take on this adventure in a beautiful organic cotton wine tote, designed and produced here in San Francisco by aplat. Let the relaxing begin…
Included in this experience:
2 nights stay in the Residence at GrowKitchen in Sebastopol
2 bottles of Ridge Vineyards 2013 Carmichael Zinfandel
4 2-serving meals delivered to the Residence at GrowKitchen by DIN
1 a vin organic cotton tote, designed and produced by aplat
1. Dine Across Town
Grab your bestie or special someone and bring them along for an east to west epicurean journey across our fair city. Begin your dining adventures here in the Dogpatch at Serpentine for locally-sourced New American fare, then mosey on over to Polk Gulch for tasty bites and craft cocktails at Reverb Kitchen + Bar. From there, slide on down to the Fillmore for an epic dinner at The Progress, the latest offering from the State Bird Provisions team, and complete your journey out by the beach with a cozy table at Outerlands.
Items included in this experience:
Dinner for 2 at Serpentine // Dinner for 2 at Reverb Kitchen + Bar // Dinner for 2 with priority reservations at The Progress // Dinner for 2 at Outerlands
2. Behold, the Mighty Quail
Snag your seats at the hottest restaurant in town! Place the winning bid and you’ll enjoy a dinner for 2 at State Bird Provisions with priority reservations. No waiting in line, no dealing with the online reservation system. Just one delicious evening!
Items included in this experience:
Dinner for 2 with priority reservations to State Bird Provisions, no date exclusions.
3. Unleash Your Culinary Creativity
This is one well-rounded foodie experience! Start out by enjoying and being inspired by Bar Tartine's "Friends and Family" dinner for 2, a multi-course family style meal highlighting the chef's specialties of the evening. Then, use your very own Bar Tartine Techniques and Recipes cookbook to recreate some favorites in your own home. Need to refine your kitchen skills? Use your fantastic 18 Reasons Membership to attend cooking classes, or attend their community dinners and let someone else do the cooking.
“Friends & Family Dinner” for 2 at Bar Tartine, Bar Tartine Techniques and Recipes, and a year-long membership to 18 Reasons
4. Farm-to-Table, East Bay-Style
Make your way over to Downtown Berkeley and Uptown Oakland to dine at these fabulous sustainably-driven and locally-inspired restaurants. Enjoy a delicious and inspired meal paired with West Coast wines & innovative craft cocktails at Gather, discover a touch of the South, by way of Oakland at Hutch, and explore the full scope of Chef Sophina Uong’s culinary talents at Revival Bar + Kitchen. You and your +1 will leave each experience with full and happy bellies.
Dinner for 2 at Gather, Hutch, and Revival Bar + Kitchen
5. Dine al Fresco!
An incomparable dining experience! Outstanding in the Field hosts some of the most epic farm-to-table meals you’ll ever enjoy. Sitting at a long table either on the beach or at a farm, you’ll delight in a meal sourced from the land your feet are resting on, and enjoy lively conversations with the producers and other like-minded guests. You definitely won’t want to miss out on this!
2 tickets for an Outstanding in the Field farm dinner in California this November.
Please Note: Date & Location options
1) November 7, 2015 Secret Sea Cove, Santa Cruz, CA
2) November 8, 2015 Jacobs Farm, Pescadero, CA
3) November 14, 2015 High Ground Organics, Watsonville, CA
Love farm-fresh products and want to explore what the Bay Area has to offer? This package is for you! Gather some friends to enjoy a delicious meal that celebrates California’s abundance at Farmshop in Larkspur. Head on up to St. Helena for a seasonal, ingredient-driven dinner at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, which has its very own organic, integrated farming system centered around wine-making, estate-grown olive oil, fruit & vegetable production, hand-tended bee hives, and a herd of grass-fed Highland cattle. Savor delicious treats from a local favorite, Frog Hollow Farm, whose Epicurean Gift Basket includes their famous preserves, dried fruit, granola and cookies!
Lunch or Dinner for 4 at Farmshop, Dinner for 2 at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, and a Frog Hollow Epicurean Gift Basket
7. Dine at the Chef’s Table
Orchard City Kitchen (OCK) is a chef-driven restaurant rooted in the Pruneyard of Campbell. Reflecting on his modern California sensibilities, Chef Jeffrey Stout has built a progressive, ingredient-driven menu with an exciting mix of modern techniques and classic charm. With small plates being the focus, OCK showcases products from local farmers geared towards organic and sustainable practices in a comfortable environment with lots of positive energy. Chef Jeffrey Stout will showcase a season-driven menu not to disappoint. Food will be accompanied by a dynamic combination of cocktails and fun wines. Bring a healthy appetite without worrying about choices or about which fork to use at Orchard City Kitchen.
Chef’s Table Dinner Experience for 2 at Orchard City Kitchen
8. The Best Meat
Belcampo Meat Company is a lot of things: farm, processing plant, neighborhood butcher shop, and restaurant. Uniting everything they do is a singular commitment to provide eaters with delicious, organic, and humane meat you can feel good about buying and eating. Enjoy some of their house-made goodies, and head into one of their butcher shop / restaurants to pick up some of their beautiful meats to prepare at home, or try some of their delicious creations!
Belcampo Tote filled with Belcampo's House Made Dirty Ketchup, Butt Rub, Shotgun Sauce, Beef Jerky, recipe cards and $100 Gift Card, good for use at any of their Butcher Shop/Restaurant Locations in Larkspur, SF - Mission, SF - Russian Hill, and Palo Alto.
9. Wine & Dine with Naomi Starkman
Vibrant conversation, delightful wine, and a delicious family-style meal - it’s the makings for a memorable evening. Now, when the meal is at Piccino, and highlights the season’s best from our local farms, and your dinner guest is Naomi Starkman, founder and editor-in-chief of Civil Eats, you know that you’re in for one special treat that feeds both your belly and your mind. You, your dining buddy, and Naomi will feast on a locally-sourced four-course meal at Piccino, accompanied by a delicious bottle of Ridge Vineyards 2013 Carmichael Zinfandel.
P.S. If you didn’t know, Civil Eats was a 2014 James Beard Foundation Publication of the Year, publishing stories that shift the conversation about sustainable agriculture, in an effort to economically and socially just communities. Naomi is currently a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.
Join Naomi Starkman, founder of Civil Eats, for a special 4-course dinner for 2 at Piccino, paired with a bottle of Ridge’s 2013 Carmichael Zinfandel.
10. Healdsburg Escape
Spend a delightful day in wine country! Start off your escape by stopping in at SHED to pick up some delicious goodies for a perfect picnic. After soaking up some sunshine, make your way to Banshee Wines, (recently named in Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries in the World!), where you’ll get to enjoy a house tasting with bites in their beautiful tasting room in downtown Healdsburg. Complete your escape with a spectacular “modern country cuisine” dinner for 2 at BarnDiva. Sounds just about perfect, doesn’t it?
$50 to spend as you wish at SHED; Dinner for 2 at BarnDiva, House Tasting with Bites for 2 at Banshee Wines in downtown Healdsburg.
11. Getaway to the Coast
Escape to the rugged Northern California coast with a 2-night stay at the Andiron Seaside Inn & Cottages in Mendocino. Just minutes from everything there is to do, you can unplug (or use the free WiFi) and relax among their salvaged and upcycled decor (or perhaps a soak in their hot tub nestled in the woods?) while you enjoy local and organic refreshments. And what getaway would be complete without some delicious wine to unwind with? We’ve included two bottles of an early release (as in not available to the public yet!) zinfandel from Ridge Vineyards.
Two nights in a Queen cottage at the Andiron Inn (excludes holidays), plus 2 bottles of 2013 Ridge Carmichael Zinfandel.
12. Get Your Glamping On!
Soul Food Farm is a small farm located on 54 acres of Class One soils in Vacaville. They have been farming pastured poultry, herbs, lavender and olives for the last 18 years. Spend the night in their Safari Tent - decorated with an antique full-size bed, 1930's armchair, dresser and nightstand. Sip on delightful microbrews from Divine Brewing Co as you relax on the deck and and watch the stars. Come the morning, enjoy coffee and breakfast in the garden, made for you by the farm owners!
Overnight at Soul Food Farm (with breakfast) + 6 bottles of Divine Brew Co Beer (3 varieties, 2 bottles of each)
13. Feed Your Soul
Jocelyn Jackson, founder of JUSTUS kitchen, agrees with the saying, "Cooking with love provides food for the soul." She looks forward to joining you at the hearth to bring the love letters she calls recipes to life. You will get to select a technique and a world cuisine to focus on during the 2 hour class. She'll then leave you to enjoy your 4 course dinner with a bouquet of brassicas, candle light, and a poem honoring our deep connection to the story of food and one another. Enjoy the meal you've crafted together as you sip on Ridge Vineyard's acclaimed Zinfandel. Truly a feast for your soul.
2-Hour Cooking Class and 4-Course Dinner for 6, and 2 bottles of Ridge Vineyards 2013 Carmichael Zinfandel
14. Instant Wine Cellar
15. California in a Box!
Experience the history of California though food! The Llano Seco Heritage Meats & Beans Package includes a variety of meats from humanely raised animals, as well as heirloom beans and grains. And for some extra style points, sport your brand new Llano Seco trucker hat as you prepare a feast for your friends!
1 ham hock, 1-12oz pack hot dogs, 2-12oz packs italian sausages, 2-12oz packs argentine sausage, 1 sampler box of 3 different heirloom bean varietals, 1 12-oz bag of ancient grains, 1 Mock Tender beef steak (approx. 3lbs), 1 pack bacon ends and bits (approx 2lbs), 1-1lb pack ground beef, 1 pack pork spare ribs (approx. 4lbs), 1 Llano Seco truckers hat
16. Coffee Talk
Epic Coffee is a farm to cup coffee roasting company focused on great coffee, sustainable farming and ethical labor practices. We work only with coffee growers who use shade grown practices, thus protecting the local environment, and ensure farmers and their workers are getting fair pay for their work. "The questions isn't can we produce great coffee, it's can we do so while treating the planet and people right."
With the number of cultivars and diversity in terroir, coffee is becoming known as more complex than wine. Enjoy a 90 minute coffee tasting in your home for you and up to 9 buddies to explore what goes into creating great coffee along with the socioeconomic dynamics of the coffee economy. There will be an opportunity to try four different coffees from distinct coffee growing regions and each participant will receive 2 half-pounds of the coffees of their choosing.
Tasting with Epic Coffee for 10 people
17. Go West!
Let the talented folks at West Marin Food and Farm Tours provide you and a fellow foodie buddy with an insider’s look (and taste) of Point Reyes with their Flavors of West Marin Tour. You’ll get to go behind-the-scenes and explore local favorites: Bovine Bakery, the award-winning Cowgirl Creamery, Hog Island Oysters, Brickmaiden Breads, Marin Sun Farms, and so much more! And as you wander the fields of Table Top Farm to pick fresh fruits and vegetables, why not do so with a new pair of Keen shoes? With so much deliciousness to taste, we’ve also included a beautiful organic cotton tote from aplat to collect all your goodies.
West Marin Food and Farm Tours Flavor of West Marin Tour for 2 (includes transportation from Pt. Reyes to various stops) + Keen shoes & aplat organic cotton tote
18. Discover Your Inner Pie God(dess)
Host a private pie-making class in your home for up to 4 of your friends. You can choose the topic (fruit pies, nut pies, cream pies or custard pies), and Lenore and Anna, owners of Three Babes Bakeshop will show you how to make pies like pros! It’s gonna be sweet!
Private in-home pie-making class for 4
19. Cooking Matters
Feeling inspired by all the beautiful food you've enjoyed tonight? Do you want to try your hand at creating some delicious dishes at home but don't know where to begin? Why not team up with Chef Lamont Perriman for an informative in-home cooking class for you and 3 of your fellow foodies? Chef Lamont channels his lifelong appreciation for food into his teaching and will help you unleash your inner chef. And of course, what dinner is complete without wine? We think you'll dig having a bottle of Ridge Vineyards 2013 Carmichael Zinfandel to accompany your creations.
Private in-home cooking class for 4, bottle of Ridge Vineyards 2013 Carmichael Zinfandel
20. Sip & Spill
Time to kick back and rustle up your buddies for a little beer, Lagunitas style! Enjoy sipping on their signature IPA from your brand-spanking new customized Mason Jars. Just add some tasty snacks and you've got the makings for a perfect laid-back shindig.
Items Included: 1 case of Lagunitas Brewing Co's signature IPA, 2 Custom Mason Jars to drink it out of, 1 T-Shirt to spill it on, PLUS 20 Coasters, 4 Posters, 20 Magnets, 1 Bottle Opener.