A Showcase of Local Food, Drink & Film feat. The Perennial

With a revamped format, our October 30 event was a Sunday afternoon celebration featuring small bites from three talented Bay Area chefs, live music, interactive displays, and the premier of our short film. Through the film and event, we explored how a group of multi-generational ranchers are redefining their roles as ecological land stewards.

We brought along Karen Leibowitz, the restauranteur behind The Perennial (one of the nation's most sustainable restaurants), on a trip to Sonoma County to speak to Guido Frosini of True Grass Farms and Loren Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch. While large scale cattle ranching is often cited as a major contributing factor to climate change, these family-owned ranches use alternative practices that support healthy soil and the growth of perennial grasses, reducing greenhouse gas emissions while producing some of the country's most sought-after grass-fed beef in the process.

At our event, Chef Chris Kiyuna of The Perennial, Chef Wes Rowe of WesBurger 'N' More, and Chef Tu David Phu served a variety of creative dishes using Sonoma County grass-fed beef, offering guests some tangible results of the hard work these ranchers carry out.