The Village Feast celebrates the Sacramento-region Farm to Fork season, where we gather to enjoy and honor the bounty of our local farmers by meeting together for an afternoon of dining at communal tables, in the style of a Provençal Grand Aïoli.
Sunday, Oct . 22, 12 to 4 p.m. PST
What is a Grand Aïoli?
The Village Feast follows the tradition of one of the great, late-summer feasts of Provence, France, where vast amounts of pungent aïoli—the golden garlic-mayonnaise that is a symbol of Provençal cuisine—unites people and food for a gastronomic celebration. The Sacramento region and Provence share a rich agricultural bounty owing to our Mediterranean climates. All that is needed for a feast—olives and olive oil, vegetables, nuts, wines, lamb, and more—is cultivated from the soil of our region.
In the spirit of a Grand Aïoli, please bring your own table settings, plates (salad, entrée , and dessert plate), silverware, water glasses, and napkins so you can enjoy this communal meal.
Aperitifs include olives, nuts, and local rosé wines. The meal is served family-style, with accompanying local wines placed on the tables, starting with passed platters of heirloom tomatoes drizzled with local olive oil and freshly made baguettes. Steamed and grilled local vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and bowls of garlic-scented aïoli follow the tomatoes. Next comes the grilled lamb and summer white bean salad. The bottles empty, the bread is eaten, and dessert is served—fruit tart, or as the French say, a galette. Catering is provided by Buckhorn Steakhouse of Winters.
The silent auction
Bid on dozens of fabulous items donated by chefs, restaurants, wineries, and community members. To participate, follow this two step process:
1. Register* for the online auction after Sept. 1, at https://auctria.events/VILLAGEFEAST
*If you were a registered in the 2022 VF silent auction, you will not need to repeat this step.
2. Prepare to bid on items by downloading the auction application Auctria to your smartphone.
The silent auction will go live on Oct. 8, and ends two hours after the in-person feast concludes on Oct. 22.
Who benefits from this fundraiser?
Les Dames d’Escoffier Sacramento chapter and Davis Farm to School are working together to support education programs around food and agriculture. Davis Farm to School provides garden grants, farm field trips and support for farm-fresh food in the schools. The Dames provide funds for women with children in the Saint John's Program for Real Change (a residential shelter with a culinary training program), as well as scholarships to women in food, wine, agriculture, and hospitality. All proceeds from The Village Feast go toward these missions.
Pricing is $165 (single seats w/o reservation) and $1,320 (reserved table seats 8).
Planning to say overnight? Visit Davis has put to together and excellent list of area accomodations. https://www.visitdavis.org/stay