Last week, fellow SacFoodie Brittany and I were lucky enough to be invited to a Farmer’s Market tour and lunch hosted by Chef Michael Tuohy of the much-praised Grange restaurant here in Sacramento. We joined a group of local “food enthusiasts” including Kimberley of Poor Girl Eats Well, Kristy of Cakegrrrl, Jonathan of Sacramento Press, Ann Rolke of Sacatomato, Greg of SacRag, Leigh Anne Keys of FOX 40 and the gals from Sacramento News & Review and Midtown Monthly for a tour of the Cesar Chavez Park Farmer’s Market from Chef Tuohy. The Chef pointed out his favorite vendors along the way, including Joe Gotelli & Sons cherries, Del Real Date Farm, Bariani Olive Oils and many more.
After the Farmer’s Market tour, we were treated to a beautiful lunch prepared by Chef Tuohy using the ingredients he had just picked up at the market – it doesn’t get any fresher than that! Our meal began with a amuse bouche of Spring Onion Soup with Crème fresh and chives, a perfect palate cleanser for what was to come.
The soup was followed by a spring asparagus salad with marinated beets, shaved jack cheese and local Bariani olive oil. The salad was just light enough that we were ready for more when the beautiful spring risotto arrived, which included peas, artichokes, asparagus and morel mushrooms – yum!
Finally, when we almost didn’t think we could take another bite, Pastry Chef Elaine Baker wowed us with a delicious fresh strawberry crostada with crème fresh and caramel sauce. Needless to say, there wasn’t a crumb left on our plates.
Thank you to Grange restaurant, Chef Tuohy and Elaine Baker for arranging this special treat!
926 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814