Join the farm-to-table banquet on August 11 in downtown Nevada City

Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 6.30.57 PMHas it ever been on your bucket list to take part in a festive farm to table dinner in the streets of your hometown? How about in the historic district of Nevada City, sitting among Italian linens and sunflowers, as a menu of farm fresh cuisine is served family style to your table?

For the first time in downtown Nevada City, such an event is taking place, Sunday, August 11, 7-11 p.m. on Commercial Street.

Lower Commercial Street will be transformed by strings of terrazzo lights crisscrossing overhead, straw bales, and a formal dinner setting for 100. Sunflowers on the Boardwalk, planted earlier for the seminal event, are already popping in preparation for the extravaganza.

Event organizer and former Nevada City City Councilwoman, Reinette Senum, has been preparing the Boardwalk on Commercial Street as well as rounding up volunteers and partners. “This has been on my bucket list of things to organize for a few years now,” Senum said. She has been inspired by photos on Facebook of similar events across the country including in a town similar to Nevada City, but in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

The organic menu, designed by Sierra Farm to Table Events & Catering’s, Shanan Manuel, will be showcasing local and organic produce from surrounding organic farms. Manuel, an organic farmer and sustainable caterer, said, “I am committed to local, organic farmers being the medicine for our future.”

“Events such as the Nevada City Farm to Table are an important part of educating the public,” added Manuel, “as well as connecting the general public with farmers, local restaurants, and caterers.” 

Each dish in the menu is being taken on by neighborhood restaurants and sustainably minded caterers. Proceeds will be donated to the Boardwalk Fund: dedicated to bringing live music to Commercial Street.

Participating restaurants thus far includes Matteo’s Public, Café Mekka, Pete’s Pizza, Lefty’s, and The Fix, and Manuel’s Sierra Farm to Table Event & Catering and Stone Soup Catering. Participating farms includes: Dinner Bell, Mountain Bounty, Riverhill, and First Rain, to name a few.

There will be two different seating options available: formal and casual. Formal dining is $65 per plate and seating begins at 6:30, serving promptly at 7pm. Formal dining tickets must be purchased in advance.

For those with large families or who want a more casual meal, a section of the street will also be dedicated to casual dining beginning at 8pm. A variety of wood fired kabobs; organic chicken, vegetable, or tofu, ranging from $9 to $12 will be available.

Kabobs are available in advance as well as first come first serve. To order your tickets for either seating, visit: or buy tickets at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce or The Parlour on Commercial Street.

Music on the Boardwalk will be provided by Ragged But Right from 6:30-8:30pm, followed by the lively 8-piece band Earles of Newtown from 9-11pm. In Cinema Paradiso fashion. Jesse Locks of The Nevada City Film Festival will be utilizing the second floor over Café Mekka as a movie screen once the sun goes down, bringing to life the building wall with a silent film as live music fills the night air.

Fine dining, casual dining, or just a desire to enjoy the festive event, you don’t want to miss The Nevada City Farm to Table Banquet in the heart of historic Nevada City.

For full menu, please visit or for enquiries email

—Reinette Senum

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