Artisano let’s the public experience small-scale wineries, artisanal foods and local artists of Northern California. If you’re interested in finding the next great cult wine or sampling the local and handcrafted—Artisano is a must.
Every year Artisano supports a local beneficiary with a silent auction; this year they’re pairing up with Sonoma County local darling: Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, California. For those not familiar with Ceres, the Ceres Community Project is a mission-driven organization that gives teens experience in growing and preparing healthy food for those facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses with nourishing meals.
Ceres involves young people as volunteer gardeners and chefs, giving them direct, hands-on experience of the difference that fresh, healthy foods and community make. Since 2007, Ceres teen chefs have prepared over 130,000 meals for people and families struggling with a serious illness like cancer.
Their goal in 2012 is to provide 45,000 free and nourishing meals – a 50% increase over this year – and to stop having to turn away teens who want to learn, grow and give back to their community.
And this year, Ceres Executive Director Cathryn Couch won the prestigious Jefferson Award in Public Service. Pretty extraordinary mission when you think about it.
So if you need a reason to experience the 2012 Artisano event, this does it for me, don’t know about you? Looking through the quality list of local participants, I am trying to figure out a way to visit them all. Impossible–I know. But here is a few that caught my eye:
Garden Creek Winemaker Justin Miller owns of a tiny winery located on several hundred acres in the beautiful and quaint Alexander Valley. He and his wife Karin farm 100% organic and sell a majority of their grapes to some of the top wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valley. They do reserve a bit of their harvest for their own production. So I’m excited to try their very limited production of French Style Chardonnay and Cabernet.
Two Shepherds Winemaker William Allen is a personal friend and talented winemaker. Where ever he pours, it’s worth the effort. I am forever devoted to his Grenache Blanc.
Terra Sonoma is a culinary product line from Garden Creek Winery and I’m in love with their Verjus and Saba. I use them so often in my kitchen, I always buy two. Owner Karin Miller also keeps a kitchen journal on Terra Sonoma’s website, so if you’re looking for quick recipe inspiration, you can see what Karin’s been up to in her kitchen.
Artist Clay Vajgrt from Cloverdale, California takes an interesting perspective of fusing ancient ideas with contemporary culture. And since it’s election season, I could not resist highlighting his work of President Obama. Clay also does landscape work and has a few shows of his recent work in the Bay Area.
If I’ve peaked your interest, find information on tickets, participants and event happenings at www.artisano.org. Hope to see you there!