Central Coast Cheese and Wine Celebration
Experience the Terroir of Monterey County at its best!
Join the producers from Garden Variety Cheese, Schoch Family Farmstead, Odonata Winery and Cima Collina Winery at Happy Girl Kitchen in Pacific Grove to celebrate local agriculture and the work of the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County. All proceeds will be donated to the RCD for their work in protecting and conserving local farmland, wildlife, and waterways.
We will be offering up tastes of award-winning sheep, goat and cow's milk cheeses from Central Coast farmstead cheesemakers Garden Variety Cheese, Schoch Family Farmstead, Stepladder Creamery and Central Coast Creamery and pairings of locally produced wines from Odonata, McIntyre and Cima Collina Wineries. There will be sampling of Happy Girl Kitchen's line of famous preserves along with honey from Las Lomas Lavender and Honey, jam from Friend in Cheeses and chocolate ganache cream cheese brownies from Barbara McHale. There will be small bites as well to make sure everyone leaves stuffed!
We will be celebrating the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County with a presentation on their work in the region. The RCD provides direct assistance to Monterey County landowners and managers to voluntarily protect their soil, water, and wildlife. Their work has resulted in the establishment of voluntary conservation and restoration projects on over 80 farms by collaborating with over 160 farmers and land managers. They provide education, project planning and support services for a range of resource management methods including erosion control, water quality protection, habitat enhancement, flood management, irrigation efficiency, and nutrient management. Their conservation and restoration work is critical to maintaining an environmentally sustainable and economically viable agricultural sector while maintaining a high quality of life throughout the county.
Please pre-purchase your tickets for the event here! We will be selling tickets at the door for $50 as well.
About Happy Girl Kitchen: Todd and Jordan Champagne began happy girl kitchen co. out of the sheer love of food. After working on farms for years and preserving the glut of our california seasons, Todd and Jordan have been lauded as key members in the thriving food community of the central coast. happy girl kitchen co. is dedicated to simple, delicious and farm driven foods. Enriching community and showcasing the unparalleled talent of local farmers are central to the happy girl mission. By hosting parties, recipe swaps, pop-up dinners and workshops, happy girl kitchen co. empowers people to get involved and learn about the importance of what's on their plate.
About Garden Variety Cheese: Garden Variety Cheese is a small farmstead sheep dairy located on 40 acre Monkeyflower Ranch in Northern Monterey County. Their sheep produce lovely, rich sweet milk that makes fabulous cheese and yogurt. To ensure the health and well-being of the animals and the high quality of the milk and cheese from Garden Variety Cheese, the 100 milking ewes there are fed on fresh pasture, alfalfa hay and organic brewers grain from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing and organic grain from Modesto Milling. Their products can be found at seven local farmers markets as well as local stores and restaurants.
About Schoch Family Farmstead: Today, Schoch Dairy is one of only a few family dairies remaining in Monterey County. Milking less than 80 purebred Holstein cows, the Schoch family have held true to their commitment to quality over quantity. John Schoch, 2nd generation dairyman, literally takes a hands-on approach to running his business while doing most of the milkings himself. While producing artisan quality farmstead dairy products, John Schoch and his 3 sons have also been focused on maintaining their legacy of land stewardship. They have been actively involved with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, and the Community Alliance of Family Farmers. Recent projects have included native hedgerow plantings, riparian habitat restoration, wastewater collection and reuse, composting, erosion control, nutrient management practices, improved pasture management and rotational grazing, just to name a few.
About Odonata: Odonata Wines is a small family winery with facilities in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Cruz CA. They focus on grapes that are organic and grown sustainably, whether from their Estate Vineyards or from other local growers . They work closely with these growers to ensure the highest quality wines from the vines to the glass. With variety and quality as our watchwords, they make a comprehensive range of varietals and blends in small batches. They offer both white and red varietals and blends as well as a range of sparkling wines.
About Cima Collina Winery: Cima Collina produces artisan wines from small Monterey vineyards. The idea of an artisan wine is the partnership with growers who meticulously cultivate vineyards, the insistence on using only carefully chosen fruit, and the creation of wine on a barrel-by-barrel basis.The focus on Monterey vineyards is an acknowledgment that this region is now and will continue to produce wines that are interesting, compelling and unique. With environmentally and socially conscious operations, Winemaker Annette Hoff Danzer specializes in vineyard designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, with small lot offerings of Tempranillo, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.
Happy Girl Kitchen co. (View)
173 Central Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|