Sacramento Village Party Returns In Person — In Two Locations • Sacramento News & Review

Tickets are on sale now for this popular farm-to-fork celebration on October 16

After two years of virtual dining and bidding, The Village Feast is back in person – and twice as good.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2022 Village Party, which will be held Oct. 16 at locations on either side of the Sacramento River: Mulvaney’s B&L in Midtown Sacramento and Great Bear Vineyards in Davis.

“Each year, The Village Feast celebrates the Sacramento area’s farm-to-fork season, where the community comes together to enjoy and honor the generosity of local farmers,” say its organizers. “After two years as an online event, it is returning to its origins as an in-person shared community experience – this year at two regional locations.”

A farm-to-fork get-together in Davis, The Village Feast is the premier fundraiser for two food-centric organizations: the Sacramento Chapter of the Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) and Davis Farm to School.

(In full disclosure, this reporter is a Dame.)

All proceeds support food and agriculture education. This includes scholarships for women interested in careers in food, beverage, and agriculture, as well as bringing farm-fresh produce to Davis students.

Inspired by local cultures and farm-to-fork pride, The Village Feast follows the harvesting traditions of a place with a similar climate: Provence, France. California and southern France share a Mediterranean climate and an abundance of tomatoes, olives, beans, wine, and garlic.

In 2019, The Village Feast had over 350 guests at a midday sit-down dinner in the middle of Davis Central Park. With grilled lamb and smoked tri-tip as main courses, the tables were arranged in a giant ‘U’ shape so that all customers were seated at the ‘same table’. Along with trips to Provence and unique dining experiences, a gigantic silent auction brought in donations.

Due to COVID precautions, The Village Feast went virtual in 2020 and 2021. Online participation was free via Zoom, with customers encouraged to participate in the auction on an app.

Last year, some guests gathered in small groups and enjoyed chicken dinners available at participating restaurants while watching auction presenters on Zoom. Through the auction, the event raised over $30,000, split between the two host organizations.

For the in-person return to the event, organizers decided to do something different: two simultaneous dinners, linking Sacramento to the farming country of Yolo. Both dinners begin at noon on October 16.

With locations in two counties, the 2022 Village Party has a chance to reach a wider audience while offering fewer tickets. Available at eventbrite.com, tickets are $150 each (including food, wine, tax and gratuity) through August 31. All remaining tickets will be priced at $165.

Joni Stuart, president of the Sacramento chapter of LDEI, expects sales in both locations; Mulvaney’s B&L (1215 19th St., Sacramento) is limited to around 100 tickets while Great Bear (24800 County Road 101A, Davis) can accommodate more at its outdoor venue. The meal at The Great Bear will be served by The Buckhorn Grill.

“We are thrilled to have The Village Feast in person again this year, and how wonderful it is to take place at these two beautiful venues, Mulvaney’s B&L in Sacramento and Great Bear Vineyards in Yolo County,” said said Stuart.

Either way, the menu will stick to tradition: “As in years past, each meal begins with starters of olives, nuts, local wines and fresh baguettes,” organizers explain. “The meal is served family-style, with past platters of heirloom tomatoes drizzled with local olive oil, steamed and grilled local vegetables, hard-boiled eggs and bowls of garlic-flavored aioli. Next comes the grilled lamb and white summer bean salad, followed by a fruit galette for dessert.

LDEI Sacramento (a philanthropic organization of women leaders in food, fine beverage and hospitality) and Davis Farm to School have partnered for this event because of their shared visions and values, the partners say.

LDEI Sacramento has donated over $60,000 to scholarships, largely due to the success of The Village Feast. Davis Farm to School provides gardening grants, hosts farm outings, and supports farm-fresh foods in school lunches.

The silent auction will still be online, open from October 2 to 16. No tickets are needed and registration is free. Bid on dozens of items and experiences donated by local chefs, restaurants, wineries and community members. Download the free Auctria smartphone app at https://www.auctria.com/blog/auctria-mobile-app/ and pre-register.

Being able to get together to have dinner together in person makes this party even more special.

Stuart says: “By breaking bread together in the tradition of Grand Aioli de Provence, we will enjoy a fabulous feast, while supporting these two worthwhile charities. Hope we see you there!”

Tickets and more details: thevillagefeast.com.