Galt Ag Boosters on Sept. 25 hosted their Farm to Fork Dinner, welcoming supporters to the Fourth Street Promenade for an evening of delectable food and drinks.
The convivial evening began as guests milled around, tasting vintages from local winemakers and enjoying appetizers of caprese bruschetta and shrimp and grits bites. Music was provided by country rock duo The Travellers.
Mandy Garner, Agriculture Department head at Liberty Ranch High School, was “thrilled” to see the event come back after the coronavirus pandemic put last year’s plans on hold. She said the dinner fits well with the goals of the ag boosters.
“It’s a perfect event that aligns with the mission of Galt Ag Boosters, which is to support FFA students and also local agriculture,” she said.
Besides the wineries, Garner noted the Lodi-based Idol Beer Works, a flower vendor, and a farm stand run by a former student. New attractions this year included a photo booth with ag-themed props and sponsorships that allowed local businesses to decorate tables.
The proceeds help FFA students afford to attend competitions and leadership conferences, and support local activities throughout the year.
The students from Galt High School and Liberty Ranch contributed to the evening in their own way, by bringing each dish in the catered dinner out to the attendees.
And the literal fruits of the students’ labor were on display. The sangria guests drank was made with peaches from McCaffrey Farm, a partnership between Liberty Ranch’s FFA chapter and McCaffrey Middle School.
When the salad course arrived at tables, it was topped with tomatoes grown in Liberty Ranch’s raised beds.
Following the salad was the entree of New York loin and jerk-seasoned chicken with summer beans, creamed corn and potatoes. Then came cheesecake from Spaans Cookie Co. for dessert.
Garner credited the many people involved in organizing the dinner and the ag boosters’ committee chair, Julie Myers, for her “tremendous” work.
She expressed “a huge amount of gratitude for those who came out and found ways to contribute and, as always, just to continuously support all the ag booster events.”