We’re still very grateful for our partners, sponsors, and other supporters who make this dinner possible — and look forward to next year’s event
Danny Lucas, a longtime captain with the Watsonville Fire Department, was to be honored at this Sunday’s Farm to Table Dinner.
The Farm to Table Dinner is a spectacular event, hosted annually by our American Red Cross chapter here in the Central Coast. Held in a beautiful outdoor setting, this family-style dinner is prepared by some of Northern California’s most preeminent chefs. This signature event provides guests with a special opportunity to celebrate our organization’s local impact and raise critical dollars for those programs, all while enjoying some of the finest offerings from local farms and wineries.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many weeks ago we made the decision to cancel our 6th annual dinner. It was to have occurred this Sunday, June 7, at the stunning Carmel Valley Ranch. Proceeds from the event this year were to have supported the lifesaving work we do in Blood Services.
As part of our event, the American Red Cross had selected longtime Watsonville Fire Department Captain Danny Lucas as the dinner’s special honoree. Danny, whose miraculous recovery following a near-fatal hunting accident last fall was made possible in part by the 24 units of blood he received during his lengthy hospitalization, returned home determined to help our chapter call attention to the constant need for blood donations. To read more about Danny’s story, please view this blog post. And, as this second post make clear, we owe Danny a big Thank You for his efforts.
Clockwise from upper left: Chef Tim Wood of Carmel Valley Ranch, Chef Tony Baker of Montrio Bistro, Chef Fabrice Roux of ROUX and Chophouse, Farm to Table Event Chair Jennifer Roux, Chef Justin Robarge of Montrio Bistro, and Chef Tanya Matta of Carmel Valley Ranch.
Even though we were unable to hold this year’s dinner, I can’t help but publicly thank some of the people who had already done so much in an effort to make this year’s event successful. Thank you to Chef Tim Wood and Chef Tanya Matta of Carmel Valley Ranch, Chef Fabrice Roux of ROUX and Chophouse, and Chef Tony Baker and Chef Justin Robarge of Montrio Bistro for their generous donation of time and talents.
Our Farm to Table Dinner is also supported each year by a dedicated group of committee members, including our Farm to Table Committee Chair, Jennifer Roux, and committee members Anita Clerisse, Bill Cox, Brent Sepulvado, Joan Harlem, Dane Lobb, Lori Mazza, Tim Nylen, and Rayvon Williams. We also want to give special thanks to our sponsors for this year’s dinner (see below).
While this year’s Farm to Table Dinner had to be cancelled because of COVID-19, we have continued to support our communities during this pandemic. To learn more about that work, please click here.
In the meantime, please know that we are hopeful that we will be able to host our amazing dinner again next year. We will keep our community updated as soon as we have a better sense of what it will take to move forward.
Thanks again to all whose support makes it possible for our chapter, region, and the entire American Red Cross family to help so many!
- Michele Averill is the CEO for the American Red Cross of the Central Coast.
- For more information about the Farm to Table Dinner, please email our Regional Special Events Manager, Pooja Klebig.
Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors and Supporters!
Albert & Virginia Becker
Bernardus Vineyards & Winery
Bonterra Organic Vineyards
Fire on Wheels
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
Laurel Glen Vineyard
Michael and Janis Klebig
One Hope Winery
Pebble Beach Community Foundation
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco Giants
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association