FALLON — West Coast chef Ryan Scott serves up local flavor at the fifth annual Tractors & Truffles farm-to-table dinner Sept. 14 in Fallon. Tickets, $125 per person, are on sale at www.TractorsandTruffles.com, and include tours of local farms and vineyards providing components of the evening’s meal, cooking demonstrations, a cocktail reception, a concert in the Barkley Theatre and a multi-course dinner.
Scott, joined by chef and Slanted Porch restaurant owner Steve Hernandez and chef director for the International Culinary Institute at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco Mark Davis, highlight western Nevada’s agriculture industry during the event. The dinner is sourced from local farms and ranches in the Fallon area, and is set for broadcast on the Live Well Network’s “Food Rush,” hosted by Scott.
“This event showcases Fallon’s small farm ag industry and vibrant arts scene,” Rick Gray, director of tourism for the city of Fallon, said. “We have three of the region’s top chefs working together with the agricultural industry to highlight the abundance that we have to offer here in Nevada — and now we have the chance to put it on display for the rest of the world to see.”
Scott is an alumnus of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and is also host of the radio show “Cooking with Ryan Scott” on San Francisco’s KGO radio. He is owners of two San Francisco-based restaurants, Market & Rye and catering company Ryan Scott 2 Go. Scott also has visited the “Rachael Ray” show, cooking for First Lady Michelle Obama, and sells a line of kitchen tools on the Home Shopping Network.
This year’s dinner features a family-style service, with seating in view of the outdoor kitchen where guests can see the meal come together in Fallon’s Oats Park. Farmers contributing to the dinner also attend the event to help guests better make the connection between farm and table.
Before dinner, a tour of Lattin Farms, a family-owned, fifth-generation Fallon farm known for vine-ripened fruit and produce, begins at 11 a.m. and includes a light lunch and cooking demonstration with Scott. After lunch is a 1 p.m. tour and wine tasting at Churchill Vineyards with winemaker Colby Frey. Deb Nelson of Fallon’s Courtyard Café will provide snacks and cakes to accompany the wines. A music workshop featuring Hot Buttered Rum follows the winery tour at 3 p.m. A wine and beer tasting is set for 5 p.m. After dinner, at 8 p.m., Hot Buttered Rum again takes the stage for a full performance in the Barkley Theatre.
For information, to buy tickets or to see the full Tractors & Truffles schedule, visit www.TractorsandTruffles.com or call 775-423-4556.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.