October 29, 2012
Sacramento to be proclaimed "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital"

Local chefs and elected officials will gather Wednesday morning as Mayor Kevin Johnson proclaims Sacramento as "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital." The event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza's weekly farmers market, will recognize that 70 percent of the area's land is agricultural and highlight the synergy between regional farmers and chefs.

The branding of "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital" will be used by a variety of local restaurants, and also help promote a new series of week-long culinary events starting in September of 2013. The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with area chefs and farmers, will organize this restaurant week. The first event is planned for Sept. 21 at Soil Born Farms, a non-profit farming operation and educational center.

Some local restaurateurs hope the branding of Sacramento as "America's Farm-To-Fork Capital" will enhance the city's national identity.

"There's more Grade A soil in the central valley than anywhere in the world," said Josh Nelson of The Selland Group, which operates four gourmet restaurants in the area. "The bounty and diversity of our crops is what makes this region so unique."

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