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Tahoe Food Hub hosting annual farm to table dinner

Hannah Jones
hjones@sierrasun.com
Tahoe Food Hub's annual farm to table dinners will begin on Aug. 27 featuring local chefs, farmers and ranchers.
Susie Sutphin

Tahoe Food Hub will be hosting the first of its three farm to table dinners later this month to support the nonprofit in growing a local food network. Each dinner will feature seasonal meals designed by a local chef paired with a local farmer and rancher.

“They collaborate with the chef on a seasonal menu and through a four course meal the chef and myself sort of guide the meal and tell the story of the farmer and rancher’s food,” said Susie Sutphin, director of the Tahoe Food Hub. “It invokes this real sense of community and comfort.”

Chef Eduardo Diaz de Leon of the newly opened Truckee Food Shop will design the first dinner on Aug. 27 along with Plum possum Farm in Lincoln and Delta Ranch of Loomis at the Painted Rock Lodge along the Truckee River.

“He has new restaurants so it’s exciting for him to get to introduce himself and his cooking to the community on a larger scale,” said Sutphin.

On Sept. 10, the dinner will be held at the Dancing Pines wedding venue with Chef Alex Tolger with Mog Grog Catering, Stone’s Throw Farm of Colfax and Hole in One Ranch from Janesville. The final dinner will be held on Sept. 17, on Donner Summit at Camp Wamp with Chef Billy McCullough, Flying V Farm from Placerville and AM Ranch in Penn Valley.

“We try and find locations that are unique and special so you’re not just sitting at a restaurant,” said Sutphin. “We’re really trying to get back to a traditional farm to table dinner,” she said.

Each dinner will also feature live music from the Tahoe School of Music. Tickets for the event are $110 per person and includes a four course meal and two glasses of wine or beer. Tickets can be purchased on their website. Those who attend more than one dinner will become a Supper Club member and save $10 each dinner.

For the past five years, the Tahoe Food Hub, a nonprofit organization, has worked to create a network of regional farms within 100 miles of North Lake Tahoe connecting them to restaurants, small grocers, schools and hospitals.

Last year, the Food Hub’s raised around $7,000 through their farm to table dinners for their campaign to set up shop at a new facility at the Truckee Airport, which opened in May. This year the organization plans to use the funds towards a new educational farm in Truckee. Sutphin said they hope to have the facility opened next summer.

Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at hjones@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2652.