It’s harvest season in Northern Nevada, and farmers, chefs, and brewers are celebrating with “Supper in the Street” in downtown Sparks. The community is invited.
The farm to fork supper will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Victorian Square in downtown Sparks. Attendees will enjoy a supper served family style, seated alongside the farmers and ranchers who contributed to the meal. Regular tickets are $40 person, and VIP tickets with fast pass seating are $55 per person. Details and reservations are available at http://www.wnc.edu/specialty-crop-institute/.
Chef James Garza of Great Basin Brewing Company is creating the menu for the event, sourcing from local farms and ranches. Steamship beef and beer sausage are two items that Garza has planned for the menu. While sourcing from local farms has its challenges, Garza said the flavor and satisfaction from using local can’t be beaten.
“I just sourced a hog from Holley Family Farms, and our meat purveyor Sierra Meats will add Great Basin beer to make a special sausage for the event. And the beef will be from Baker Ranch Brewery Beef. Their animals are fed brewery grain which is a byproduct of our beer-making process. It’s full circle,” Garza said.
Event organizer Ann Louhela of Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute explained that the event was created as a casual supper, served family style on the street, unlike many farms to fork dinners that are formal, plated dinners. The supper will serve 150 attendees, all sitting at one community dining table.
“We want to send the message that local food is accessible to everyone, and we should be serving it on our breakfast, dinner, supper tables,” Louhela said. “Local food shouldn’t just be for special occasions. It’s easy to incorporate into everyday meals.”
“Supper in the Street” is produced by Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute in collaboration with Great Basin Brewing Company and 39 North Downtown to promote the value of local farms and businesses. For more information, contact Ann Louhela, 775-250-1339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.