Pull up a seat at the trough

illustration by Mark stivers

Attention, foodies: Head to Dinner on the Farm this Saturday. Sit with the 149 other guests who will each throw down $100 to support the Center for Land-Based Learning (5265 Putah Creek Road in Winters). It’s well worth the money for cuisine prepared by famous chef Nate Appleman, star of the Food Network show The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. Currently helming Chipotle Mexican Grill’s test kitchen in New York City, Appleman won the Rising Star Chef award from the James Beard Foundation, and was named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine—both in 2009. He’ll create an innovative menu of Mexican-influenced food, using strictly local ingredients. It features sea-urchin tamales with radish and jalapeño; sweet-potato crepes with kale and queso fresco; and walnut polvorones with chocolate, quince and cinnamon crema. It’s on Saturday, October 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit http://landbasedlearning.org/dinner for more information.