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4th Annual Wellness Kitchen Fundraiser - Top Chef Competition -- Dinner, Winetasting, Silent Auction

Please consider attending a fundraiser for an extremely worthy local charity, the Wellness Kitchen. The goal of the evening is to raise $50,000.  The funds will be used to support the Healing Foods program, education, and general operations of the facility.  The fundraiswer will help to expand programs and reach community members that are in critical need of healthy food, education, and support.

What is the event?  It's an evening of dinner, winetasting, and a silent auction, but there's more.  Three local chefs will go head-to-head in a timed competition in the style of Food Network's "Chopped."  The competing chefs this year are Chef Jacob Lovejoy, Cass Winery; Chef Adam White, Twin Cities Community Hospital (TCCH); and Chef Hector Giancarlo Peres Scolari from Daou Vineyards.

The Top Chef Judge will be Chef Alex Martin from Crush Catering.  The distinguished panel of judges includes local doctors and dignitaries will sample the appetizer, main dish and dessert …

“Joy of harvest belongs only to those who endure the pain of sowing." ~ Sunday Adelaja

It's a busy time at the rancho, but satisfying.  The rose garden Stuart planted to represent all the members of the family has blossomed into a fragrant, beautiful area of our courtyard, and it is a highly luxurious moment when I can put aside my other responsibilities and sneak out to cut some roses to grace our home.  Their fragrance is a beautiful reminder to take time to enjoy life, even if it's only for a moment.

The fig tree has produced like a champ this year.  Almost too many figs to eat.  How do we know this?  Because whenever we are going anywhere, the host or hostess prefaces the sentence with, "And no, we do not need figs." So what do we do with all these figs?  We make fig jam, strawberry-fig jam, dehydrate figs, make fig appetizers with goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto, drizzled with olive oil, and grilled -- and on and on -- and it's still producing.  Perhaps a sign of El Nino to come?  We hope.

We also harvested our Petite Sirah.  It's a very…