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Sustain Supper Benefiting the Homeless Garden Project

September 15, 2018 @ 10:30 pm - 2:00 am

We’re excited to invite you to our organic farm for a gourmet, 4-course dinner prepared by exceptional, local chefs featuring fresh food grown on our farm. Enjoy a farm tour, drinks – including special wine pairings – live music and engaging talks by speakers focusing on sustainability, including our fantastic Keynote Speaker, Nikiko Masumoto.

Chefs & Menu:
– Marci Carl of Süda will prepare the entree.
>> Entree: Chef Marci Carl will be preparing citrus fennel brined chicken leg confit served atop a fall harvest panzanella consisting of melted leeks, farm greens, champagne grapes, wild mushrooms and toasted sage brown butter croutons and apple cider chicken au jus and sides of roasted delicata squash with Prosecco poached currants and brown butter & sage roasted farm vegetables and herbs.
>> Vegan Entree: Roasted Delicata Squash stuffed with Fall Harvest Panzanella (described above).

– Jeffrey Wall of the new restaurant, Alderwood Santa Cruz, will offer an oyster bar during the appetizer course. A sophisticated new fine dining restaurant, Alderwood is set to open in downtown Santa Cruz this fall.

– Justin Williams and Danny Mendoza of Kickin Chicken will be creating additional appetizers.
>> Fried Fogline Farm Chicken Livers with padron pepper purée & green strawberry relish
>> Stewed collard greens
>> Farro fried rice with fermented farm vegetables

– Andrea Mollenauer of Lifestyle Culinary Arts will be preparing the salad.
>> Frog Hollow Farm Peach Salad with Homeless Garden Project farm greens, goat cheese, pistachios, and honey basil vinaigrette.

– Anna Bartolini of La Balena Carmel completes the line up with dessert.
>> Dessert cheese plate with jam made from Homeless Garden Project strawberries and local honey; herb and flower shortbread cookies by Emily Garcia.

Keynote Speaker:
Nikiko Masumoto first learned to love food as a young child slurping the nectar of overripe organic peaches on the Masumoto Family Farm. Since then, she has never missed a harvest.

Farmer, artist, and leader, Nikiko works alongside her father to raise organic peaches, nectarines and grapes. She hopes to add another generation’s voice to the story of the Masumoto Family Farm. She calls herself an “agrarian artist” cultivating the richness of life in the Central Valley through farming, food, stories, art, & community.

In 2007 she graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies and in 2011 completed a Master of Arts in Performance as Public Practice at the University of Texas, Austin. She debuted her one-woman show “What We Could Carry” about Japanese American Redress hearings in 2011. In 2017, she and Brynn Saito co-founded the Yonsei Memory Project. Through art and creative engagement, the Yonsei Memory Project awakens the archives of Japanese American history to foster understanding, healing, and justice. Her intellectual & artistic curiosities continue to inspire creations and inquiries into community building, memory, place, public art, justice and healing.

In 2013 she published her first book The Perfect Peach (Ten Speed Press), co-authored with Marcy & David Mas Masumoto. She and Mas co-wrote, Changing Season: A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm published by Heyday in 2016.

We’re honored to have Nikiko join us on the farm for this event! Stay tuned for more info on the menu, chefs, music and more!

Acoustic music for the evening will be provided by our incredibly talented Farm Manager, Anthony Reyes.

Sponsors & Supporters:

We’ve lined up a very special wine for the dinner! We’ll be serving a Pinot Noir donated by Radonich Brothers Vineyards. And we’re proud to once again be serving wine from Bonny Doon Vineyard and Burrell School Vineyards. We’re excited to welcome Tanuki Cider to the Supper this season. They make a fantastic dry farmhouse cider that should pair deliciously with the dinner. Cheers!

And Alta Organic Coffee Warehouse & Roasting Co. will once again be providing hot coffee and tea as well as iced tea for the evening.

Thanks to all of our Sponsors:

Quentin Hancock Fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Trinity Source Group
The Brownstone Foundation
Kathy Runyon, Broker Associate for Monterey Bay Properties
Soif Wine Bar & Merchants & La Posta Restaurants
Ron Swenson
Barry Swenson Builders
Burrell School Vineyards
Radonich Brothers Vineyards
Bonny Doon Vineyard
Alta Organic Coffee Warehouse & Roasting Co.
Tanuki Cider
Frog Hollow Farm
Fitz Fresh
Chef’s Warehouse
Fogline Farm
Pleasure Pizza
Sandbar Solar & Electric
Alexis Party Rental
Companion Bakeshop
A Tool Shed Equipment Rental
KAZU 90.3
Earthworks Paving Contractors
Pure Water Santa Cruz
Route 1 Farms

For over 27 years, the Homeless Garden Project has worked to achieve our mission: “In the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world.”

The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are homeless. 80% of our graduates go on to find employment and secure housing. Programs take place on our organic seaside farm, crafts workshop, and downtown Santa Cruz retail store featuring products made in our training program. Our community education and volunteer program serves more than 2000 people each year.

Photo credit: Bredette Dyer of Photography by Bredette



September 15, 2018
10:30 pm - 2:00 am


Homeless Garden Project
30 W Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

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