Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Farm to Table

 2018 Farm to Table Dinner Logo

Three local chefs will bring a “simply farm fresh” theme to the 4th Annual Farm to Table Spring Harvest Dinner on April 14, 2018, at Cal Poly Pomona.

Travis Flood of Alexander’s Steakhouse in Pasadena, Christopher Gendreau of Chase’s La Verne, and the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation’s Arnold Zavalza are creating and preparing the menu for the meal.

Gendreau is the executive chef of Chase’s in Old Town La Verne, a restaurant that he opened with Susan Wickman in 2012. The restaurant is known for its outdoor, wood-fired grill, a concept that was refined and perfected over 20 years in Gendreau’s backyard.

Flood is a chef at Alexander’s Steakhouse in Pasadena. He is also the executive chief/owner of Pappas Artisanal in La Verne and Grizzby's Biscuits and Donuts in Claremont. He is a native Southern California who trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where he graduated with honors. He has spent more than 20 years in the industry and is an ardent proponent of organic and sustainable ingredients and believes that the seasons should determine a restaurant’s menu.

Zavalza has served as the executive chef for the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Inc. since 2000. He is responsible for planning nearly 10,000 meals a week for students in university residence halls, creating menus, developing and implementing recipes, and purchasing food and equipment. He also plans organizes food service for on-campus events, including the annual Hot Dog Caper and Bronco Fusion. Prior to coming to Cal Poly Pomona, he was the executive sous chef at the Industry Hills Sheraton Hotel & Resort for nearly six years. He also served as executive chef for the Holly Street Bar & Grill in Pasadena.

For more on the 2018 Farm to Table Dinner menu, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~agri/news/2018-farm-to-table-ticket-sales.shtml

The Huntley College of Agriculture started the Farm to Table dinner in 2015 as a celebration of agriculture, featuring local chefs cooking foods grown locally, including some raised by agriculture students at Cal Poly Pomona using sustainable practices.

The dinner also will feature the presentation of the Jim Hicks Agricultural Achievement Award to an individual for his or her accomplishments in the agricultural industry.

This year's recipient is Orange County arborist and businesswoman Rose Epperson. Epperson has more than 35 years' experience in tree care, is a principal in West Coast Arborists, and founder of Epicenter Management. In addition, she is an industry leader, having served as president and executive director of the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture. Epperson also serves on the California Urban Forest Council's policy council and on the California ReLeaf board of directors.

For more on Epperson, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~agri/news/2018-farm-to-table-epperson.shtml

A portion of the dinner proceeds will go toward hands-on, educational opportunities for students in the Huntley College of Agriculture. 

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time: 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: AGRIscapes Center (next to the Farm Store). Click here for driving directions.

Tickets & Sponsorships: Tickets are $125 per person; sales end April 7, 2018. We are also looking for individuals and business to help sponsor this event; click the button below for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Farm to Table Ticket button 2018 Farm to Table Sponsorship Button