Slow Food South Bay, Paicines Ranch, and Eating with the Seasons 100% Grass-Fed Picnic
Spring time seems to have finally arrived in Northern California - the days are warm, the nights are comfortable and the rains have started to slack off. The wildflowers are amazing and, perhaps most importantly for Slow Food and its friends, the great variety of fresh food that we are justly famous for has started to arrive. It's time to celebrate.
Slow Food South Bay member Sallie Calhoun, owner of Paicines Ranch in San Benito County, will be our host for the chapter's first ever 100% Grass-Fed Picnic. And just so you won't be misled by the word "picnic", we do plan to feed you, and feed you well. The picnic will be a day of celebrating the food of the South Bay, with most of the food sourced in our neighborhood, including the namesake grass-fed beef from Paicines Ranch, and fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables from our partner Eating With the Seasons.
We plan to entertain you with more than just great food. Plan to spend the whole day at the Ranch. Get to know producers from the area, many of whom work with Eating With the Seasons, at the vendor tables set up in the historic ranch headquarters area. Take a tour of the ranch. Listen to speakers tell us about the food we're eating, and sustainable food in the South Bay and beyond. And finish the evening with great music and cheer - we will conclude with a Barn Dance like the one made famous at Pie Ranch workdays.
1:30 PM - People are welcome to arrive at the ranch anytime after 1:30. You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch if you want at eat on the lawn.
2:00 PM - Activities start. Sustainable vendors, including those who will be providing food for our dinner, will have tables to show their products and talk about their operations. There will be demonstrations to see, products for sale, mailing lists to join, and more.
2:30 PM - First ranch headquarters walk and tour.
4:30 PM - Second ranch headquarters walk and tour.
6:00 PM - Dinner is served. Slow Food South Bay member Chef Udo Prambs, will lead a volunteer group of Slow Food members in creating a dinner for us based around chile made with Paicines Ranch beef, and a vegetarian heirloom bean chile for those who don't eat meat. There will also be great salads, sides and dessert made with fresh local vegetables. And, of course, there will be local wine and beer for those who might be interested.
6:45 PM - As we finish our dessert, we'll have a chance to listen to a number of speakers, including some of the producers who made our day possible.
7:30 PM - What could be a livelier way to end than with a Barn Dance? Caller Andy Wilson, who leads the monthly dance at Pie Ranch, and a live band will provide the music for you to dance by. No dancing experience necessary - Andy will teach everyone the steps as we go.
10:00 PM - Time to go home.
You won't want to miss this great event. Arrive any time in the afternoon, but plan to be there in time for a tour. Dress is casual. Bring a hat and/or some sunscreen - days in San Benito County can be toasty. Bring a sweater or jacket for the evening - nights can get cool. Bring your appetite!
Slow Food, Paicines Ranch and Eating With the Seasons members: $45
Children 6 - 16 half price
Children under 6 free
We will not be selling tickets at the door.
Paicines Ranch is located about 7 miles south of Hollister, just off State Highway 25. Turn right on Cienega Road and follow the signs to ranch headquarters.
Tres Pinos, CA
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