The Sacramento Public Library
and many great local partners honored the Sacramento region’s agricultural and culinary riches on June 1 with Grow, Cook, Savor
. The event drew more than 150 people to the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
at the Sacramento Central Library
for a full day of food tastings, exhibits and talks about the Sacramento Foodscape.
Grow, Cook, Savor was the culmination of a yearlong project by food writers Maryellen Burns and Elaine Corn
. We Are Where We Eat gathered the stories of people around
Sacramento County growing, serving and enjoying one of the best food cultures in the world. Some of these stories appeared on Capitol Public Radio
, such as the California State Library
exhibit on the History of California Gastronomy
and the story of Ron Kelly
, one of the few African-American farmers in the Delta
An olive oil tasting presented by Darrell Corti, president of Corti Brothers, the East Sacramento Gourmet grocery store that opened in 1947. According to Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters and others, Corti was a key figure in the California food revolution of the 1970s and 80s, importing many of the hard-to-fine ingredients that helped define California cuisine.
Cooking demonstrations by local chefs, including Kurt Spataro, David SooHoo, Doug Silva, Richard Pannell, and Ed and Janel Roehr.
Craft beer tastings from New Helvetia, Rubicon, Ruhstaller and Track 7 breweries.
Discussions with agricultural and food historians William Burg, Ken Albala and Robin Datel.
Some recipes that were cooked and shared by area celebrity chefs included:
We Are Where We Eat was made possible with support from Cal Humanities
, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Sacramento Public Library, with additional support from Capital Public Radio, Sacramento River Delta Historical Society
, Sacramento County Historical Society
, and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom