Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Amador Vintners toast culinary arts program

In step with Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson’s proclamation of Sacramento as the Farm to Fork Capital of the World, the American River College Foundation and Amador Vintners bring the best of food and wine together to celebrate the ground-breaking of the college’s new school of culinary arts.

The evening of Saturday, May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. will showcase the Sacramento region as one of the most exciting wine and food centers in California.

At Forks and Corks, 27 Amador County wineries will pour their best alongside dozens of the area’s most renowned restaurants, all in support of future culinary luminaries.

The event will symbolically kick off the first phase of construction with a special salute to beneficiaries who have come forward with substantial support.

Fundraising efforts and funding by local business and community members have raised $1.2 million. The event will help to raise more of the funds needed, with a ticket price of $75 per person and a raffle of spectacular food, wine, art and travel packages.

 

Food and wine

Guests will arrive to a warm welcome by culinary students sharing some of their appetizer specialties. The American River College (ARC) campus green will be full with farm to fork winemaking and cooking demonstrations. Special emphasis will be on the affinity of food and wine as guests are encouraged to cross-pollinate restaurant and wine offerings.

The mood will be set by a variety of music from ARC’s student jazz groups.

 

Horticulture and grape growers team up

Amador Winegrape Growers and American River College’s horticulture department are preparing unforgettable gifts for each guest at the event. A collaboration of the growers and horticulture students will bear vines from cuttings taken from Amador vineyards. Each guest will receive a new vine for planting. The new vines are meant as a living symbol for sustaining the region as an agricultural and culinary center.

 

School of Culinary Arts

Currently the ARC culinary program consists of 2,000 square feet of space where all of the cooking, baking and preparation takes place.

The student-run and critically acclaimed Oak Café (currently now only 400 square feet) showcases students’ skills and receives consistent high marks from restaurant critics.

The new facility increases the learning center to 19,000 square feet and the Oak Café to 2,000.

“The new facility will enable more students to enroll in the program, which is currently impacted and has a waiting list as large as the current enrollment,” ARC Culinary Arts Director Brian Knirk said. “The impact of our graduates will cast a much wider net locally and across the nation.”

 

A sample of restaurants

About a Bite Bakery, Ambrosia, Aramark, ARC Oak Cafe, Bacon & Butter, C’est Le Cheese, Dawson’s at the Hyatt, De Vere’s Irish Pub, Dos Coyotes, Edible Events, Ella, Elliots Natural Foods, Ettore’s, Fats, Ginger Elixabeth, Grange, Griselda’s Ventures, Hook & Ladder & Golden Bear, Loco BBQ, Matteo’s, Mulvaney’s B&L, Old Spaghetti Factory, Old Soul, Outback, Produce Express, Ruth’s Chris, Scott’s Seafood, Seasons 52, Sienna, Silva’s Sheldon Inn, Taste, Tequila Museo, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Town & Country Catering, Tuli Bistro/Restaurant, Whole Foods and Wicked Wich.

 

Wineries

Amador Cellars, Amador Foothill Winery, Andis Wines, Avio Vineyards & Winery, BellaGrace Vineyards, Borjon Winery, Bray Vineyards, C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery, Cooper Vineyards, Deaver Vineyards, Driven Cellars, Drytown Cellars, Feist Wines, Helwig Vineyards & Winery, Jeff Runquist Wines, Karmere Vineyards & Winery, Morse Wines/Il Gioiello Winery, Nine Gables Winery, Renwood Winery, Sera Fina Cellars, Shenandoah Vineyards, Sobon Estate, Tanis Vineyards, Terra d’Oro Winery, Terre Rouge/Easton Wines, TKC Vineyards and Vino Noceto.

For more information call 916-484-8174.

For ticket sales visit forksandcorks.chirrpy.com.

Amador Vintners

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

.

News

Herard over the back fence: Try fishing at Wakamatsu

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Downtown group coordinates painting, awnings

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1

 
More mountain lion sightings reported

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

Supervisor Nutting trial begins

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 63 Comments | Gallery

 
Sanford murder case to jury

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Gearing tax questions to correct office saves time

By Treasurer-Tax Collector | From Page: A3

.

Opinion

My turn: More than a buzzword

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4, 23 Comments

 
Building restored

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
Outstanding dog

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

.

Letters

National Day of Prayer

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
‘Parents, be afraid’ letter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 17 Comments

Ukranian situation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
Misquote

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 8 Comments

Altshuler framing

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 6 Comments

 
.

Sports

Pitching the ‘Root’ cause of Trojans’ victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Pedal power at the forefront next month

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Outside with Charlie: Transitioning

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

 
Sports Scene: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

Roundup: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

4-H’ers star at showcase

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
At a glance: Look for fireballs

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2, 1 Comment

Authors to share their stories

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2, 2 Comments

 
Church to host human trafficking conference

By Pollock Pines | From Page: B3

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

By Barbara Schuchart | From Page: B5

 
.

Essentials

Crime Log: April 1-3

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Weather stats 4-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 4/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Bobby Lloyd Bridges

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Harry Frank Harper

By Contributor | From Page: A2, 6 Comments

Marion “Wayne” Griswold

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8