Local Chefs Unite to Showcase Yolo County Farm to Fork Cuisine
WOODLAND, CA, May 23, 2018 – Joining the “community of chefs” this year will be Buckhorn Steakhouse Development Chef Fred Reyes and Catering Chef Brett Constantino, and Father Paddy’s Executive Chef Justin Severson for Woodland’s Dinner on Main -- Sunday, September 16th – Presented by Tri Counties Bank.
Now into its third year, Woodland’s Dinner on Main has been amazing its guests with the most delectable creations from what’s growing in Yolo County. It will be tough to compete with last year’s open-pit roasting of Berkshire hogs and Emmer & Company chicken prepared by Morgan’s on Main Executive Chef John Gamboni and Chef de Cuisine Benjy Head, and that special Mason jar dressing created by Savory Café Chef Toby Barajas, but the chefs love a challenge and are sure to amaze the guests in 2018.
Culinary Chairs Juan Barajas from Savory Café and Randy Russell are leading the team of chefs, while keeping the menu a closely guarded secret, sourcing seasonal ingredients from local growers, and preparing to delight everyone with this year’s feast in the middle of Main Street. “It was incredible to see all the chefs working together last year; we all just came together and wanted to make an amazing dinner for the community. We did that. And we’re really pleased to have the chefs from Winters join us this year.” Shared Barajas.
“We all just wanted to help make this a fabulous dinner for the community,” shared Father Paddy’s Executive Chef Justin Severson who jumped in last year to help along with Rudy Peniche from Las Brasas. For this year’s dinner, Chef Severson will be introducing two very special entrees, and has been trying them out on his fellow chefs.
“To say we’re excited about participating in Woodland’s Dinner on Main is an understatement. We’re already thinking about what to create for next year’s menu.” John Pickerel, Owner of the Buckhorn Restaurant Group
A 30 plus year veteran of the restaurant industry, John Gamboni, assisted by Benjy Head, conceives, develops and oversees the Yolo Eats menus of Maria’s Cantina, Morgan’s On Main, and something soon to open in Woodland.
Justin Severson from Father Padddy’s began his career at the young age of 16 at Gorman’s in Yolo. By age 19 he began working in such famed establishments as Morrison’s Upstairs, Paragary’s Bar & Grill, Zinfandel Grill, Slocum House, City Treasure, Tazzina Bistro, The Nest at Wild Wings Golf Course, and Road Trip. Joining Severson is James Ward from Father Paddy’s.
Savory Café was one of three restaurants in Yolo County that were Winners of the 2017 Slow Food Snail of Approval Award. Owners Toby and Juan Barajas are all about educating the public and encouraging the enjoyment of foods that are local, seasonal and sustainably grown.
Fred Reyes has been the Development Chef for the Buckhorn Restaurant Group in Winters for 11 years. You will find Fred busy testing new dishes for Buckhorn Steak & Roadhouse, Putah Creek Cafe & Buckhorn Catering throughout the week. Reyes has received the Best Chefs America Award for both the Buckhorn Steakhouse and the Putah Creek Café.
Bret Constantino and his wife moved to Woodland from the Bay Area where he served as Chef de partie at Homestead in Oakland. Bret is the Chef for Buckhorn Catering while assisting at the Putah Creek Cafe and special events as needed. He is happiest when creating menus from what’s local and seasonal and takes full advantage from the Putah Creek Cafe's restaurant garden, located in downtown Winters.
Woodland’s Dinner on Main -- Our mission is to promote locally based agriculture through education, community outreach and networking. Woodland’s Dinner on Main furthers understanding of the links between farming, food, health and local economies.