Assaggiare Mendocino proprietor Julia Conway: “…it’s about connecting to the natural world that nourishes us all. It’s about farmers and ranchers, and the land and the water. It’s about the idea of sharing sustenance with those you care about in the context of a meal. It’s about connecting with the rich cultural history that has been passed on to us through the foods we eat.” She believes that eating is more than supplying our bodies with fuel, though not discounting the value of healthy foods. Instead, eating feeds our souls as well as our bodies. Food provides a context for our history, our lives and our relationships.”
It was the cold wet winter of 1984 when we first began to tame the wild and neglected property that we call simply “The Apple Farm.” There were apple trees, but it wasn’t much of a farm. Over a quarter century, we have come a long way. To our delight we now have three generations working together in ever greater harmony with the land. Our farmhouse cider contains no additives of any kind. We rely on the natural yeasts for fermentation and the natural sugars for a little spritz in the bottle. We aim for dry and sparkling and we love it with our meals and as an ingredient in soups and stews. Not every batch is the same. The ones we don’t like go into the vinegar barrel.
Established in 1980 and located in the rolling coastal hills of the renowned Anderson Valley, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards has built a reputation for producing world class artisanal wines from renowned vineyards in the valley and surrounding hills. Named one of America’s top 30 wineries three times in recent years by Wine & Spirits Magazine, Greenwood Ridge continually receives Best of Show awards at major wine competitions.
Deborah Whigham and Gary Ratway, owners of the renowned Digging Dog Nursery, have offered their uniquely gorgeous home and their stunning private garden to the Festival for this party. The garden was featured (10 pages and the cover) in Martha Stewart Living and many other publications, including Pacific Horticulture and Gardens Illustrated. Recently it was included as one of 50 gardens in the newly published Garden Conservancy book, Outstanding American Gardens. Gary will treat guests to an informative guided tour of the garden, showing how plants can provide structure, making for year-round form and beauty.