We are excited to report that Linze and Xenia cooked a fabulous dinner for us on Saturday, November 12th. Linze came to this event with her cooking inspiration starting at home with her mom's home cooked meals and her involvement with 4H. Her desire to make a great local bread evolved into helping to establish the Mono Market Bakery and Kitchen in Lee Vining. Then an opportunity became available to become a backcountry cook at Virginia lakes pack outfit. So cooking over the campfire with Dutch oven's became an avenue to learn mule packing. Cooking with whatever she could fit on the mule string helped to develop her creative cooking skills. Her true joy is cooking at home with veggies from the garden and other local foods. She loves the way local gardens and farms bring friends together to share the abundance. Her friend Xenia is a professional gardener and her love for home grown and wholesome food brings beauty and aliveness to whatever meal she creates!
These two ladies created a delicious fall themed meal with mostly local sourced ingredients. Some highlights were homemade pork sausage Linze made from a pig raised by Fouch Farms (Mariposa), sheep cheese made from Golden Valley Farm (Chowchilla), Costa Livos olive oil (Mariposa), and a lot of fruit and vegetables from our farm. There are some photos the plated food, and menu below. They also had a lot of support from their friends and family on the day of cooking - which made it really feel like a big community event.
We were thrilled to have such great company with our friends for this dinner. Andrew led a tour of the farm before dinner was served. And as the sun started to set on the horizon, everyone sat down and the meal began. What a joy it was to sit with friends and enjoy an amazing meal full of local food! We ended the night by hanging out by a little fire with a few folks enjoying the early evening together.
We plan on having more dinners next year, so stay tuned for dates!