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Via Press Release
08/08/2014 11:37 AM
Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Farms of Amador and the Amador Farmers Market again present the definitive farm-to-fork dinner in Amador County. Helwig Winery hosts the dinner, catered by Lucy’s Spice Box, of Volcano, on Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. The self-guided tour starts at noon, and focuses on farms, wineries and vineyards in or near the Shenandoah Valley.

Temporada de Abundancia, a Season of Abundance, is the theme of the dinner, and it will feature a variety of Latin American farm-to-fork dishes. The evening will begin with a salsa and Mexican pickle bar, ceviche of shrimp and snapper, quesadillas with sweet corn and roasted chiles, and tamales with roast Tyson Farms butternut squash, apples and local walnuts.

Lucy’s Spice Box is a community-supported commercial kitchen, located in the town of Volcano and built into a 40-foot shipping container. Lucy’s Spice Box is committed to sustainably farmed, humanely raised foods, favoring their local farm friends.

Guests will arrive to the sounds of Latin jazz by Felipe Ferraz, and have time to peruse the auction and raffle, which will offer a variety of food, wine, and travel-focused items. At 5 p.m., guests will be seated for a family-style, all local and mostly organic dinner in the beautiful Helwig Pavilion, at tables adorned with white linens and freshly cut flowers and sunset views of the Amador wine region.

Dinner consists of grilled Llano Seco, pasture-raised pork loin stuffed with 4505 chorizo and marinated onions, finished with Chimichurri sauce, smoked black Valentine beans from Mohr-Fry Ranch, and stuffed poblano chilis with Lundberg Spanish rice. Dessert is fresh fruit, crisp-served with locally made Munnerlyn’s vanilla bean ice cream.

The Farm Tour includes a visit to Runquist Winery and a tour of Margie Runquist’s kitchen garden. Karmère Winery will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of its winery and vineyard. Emily Beals, of Harmony Hills Farm, will open her organic garden and orchard near Fiddletown. Beals raises chickens and grows lettuce, cucumbers, peas, tomatoes, beans, as well as winter vegetables. This farm is a great example of foothill sustainability.

Lastly the tour will feature South River Lavender garden in Mt. Aukum. This three-acre farm is part of the Dean Family homestead established in 1940. The home has been beautifully restored and offers an art studio, wood-working shop, drying shed and greenhouse as well as 400 mature English lavender plants.

Tickets are $60 each, $50 for Farms of Amador members and are available at all Amador Farmers Markets in Pine Grove, Sutter Creek, Jackson and Plymouth or at Amadorfarmersmarket.com. For more information, call 267-5506.

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