- Celebrate the Craft: The Sixth Annual Celebrate the Craft, held at The Lodge at Torrey Pines from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2, brings together chefs, vintners, food producers and artists to celebrate the bounty of California. Celebrate the Chef events include a Picnic in the Park, Reception and Art Auction and Picnic on the Arroyo Terrace. Featured chefs include Jeff Jackson, Daniel Boling, Antonio Friscia, Christian Graves, Amiko Gubbins, Javier Plascencia, Andrew Spurgin and Carl Schroeder. You'll also find Brandt Beef, The Aniata Cheese Co., Bread & Cie, Catalina Offshore Products, Crows Pass Farms, La Milpa Organica Farm and Jack Fischer Confections. Tickets for Celebrate the Craft are $65. Tickets for The Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational are $125. You can order them online here.
- Want local beef? Yesterday, when I was on These Days a caller told us that his daughter and other kids who participate in the Future Farmers of America show their cows, pigs and other farm animals at the San Diego County Fair. According to the caller, the meat from animals that are slaughtered is available for purchase. Keep that in mind next summer when the Fair opens.
- For those who missed Maddie's comment on my Too Many Farmers Markets entry: Hello, From the other side of the fence. We are a small family farm in Alpine Ca. We have an awesome array of fruits and vegetables, herbs and eggs. I am considering having a mailing list of consumers who are interested in getting an email from us, saying what we have this week and letting them have a choice. Right now we have lettuces, tomato, peas, green beans, apples, pears, raspberries, strawberries, gourds, pumpkins, eggs. What do you think? Maddie Ridgeline Farms, www.ridgelinefarms.com
- The Gourmet Club will be dark next Wednesday. Both Robert and Maureen are out of town. We'll return Wednesday, Oct. 22 with some great guests. Stay tuned!