For those who like beer (and who doesn’t), be aware that the annual Yolo Brewfest always draws a crowd. Well, Woodland’s Luna Vista Rotary is accepting proposals from area nonprofits to be their primary beneficiary for the 2020 Yolo Brewfest.
The club is looking for an organization that provides benefits to Yolo County and its residents. Luna Vista promises a donation of at least $10,000.
Yolo Brewfest is held on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend in downtown Woodland on Main Street. The 2019 beneficiary was Friends of Adult Day Health Care, and Luna Vista donated $17,000 to them.
Proposals must be submitted no later than Nov. 15. To request more information, contact Dave Reed at email@example.com.
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The October/November issue of Sactown magazine features “Great New Bakeries.” Included in the list is Zest Fresh Pastry West of Woodland, which is owned by Erin Morris. According to the magazine, Zest made an “armadillo-shaped cake for a Steel Magnolias-themed bridal shower, having never seen the 1989 classic. Still, she improvided to great effect, creating a red velvet cake with an armor of gray fondant that was every bit as macabre as its big-screen inspiration. The pastry chef, who grew up in Woodland, has been an experimental baker since childhood, under the guidance of Martha Stewart on the television and with the help of her younger brother, Jeffrey, as sous chef.”
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Recently, I reported about sighting a wild turkey in downtown. The first sighting occurred more than two months ago at College and Main streets and came from a traffic control officer for the WPD. I spotted what I suspect is the same Tom turkey in the lawn area next to the Boy Scout Cabin on Lincoln Avenue a couple of weeks later.
Well, I’ve seen the turkey again — several times. First, it was at Hoblit on Main directly north of the State Theatre. The bird — which I strongly suspect is “Firebird” who relocated himself from Fire Station No. 3 — and who I will henceforth call “Freebird,” was pecking at the stainless steel bumper of one of the pickups in the parking lot. More recently, it was pecking at the back bumper of my car parked Main Street outside The Democrat in downtown. I dutifully chased it until reaching Heritage Plaza where I took a photograph.
Finally, this past Saturday, the bird was walking near Nugget Market on the Court Street side. It better be careful, Thanksgiving isn’t that far off and turkey orders at Nugget will soon be taken.
Well, lo and behold, speaking of Nugget, I just got word that holiday meal orders started Oct. 21 for Thanksgiving and Christmas. People can now choose chef-prepared holiday foods such as Contemporary, Traditional, Hanukkah and Vegan meals with customable sizes, sides and a variety of à la carte options. Nugget Markets will start accepting Hanukkah meal orders on Dec. 3. The last days to order will be Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving, and Dec. 21, for Christmas and Hanukkah.
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GrowWest on North East Street held a Customer Appreciation luncheon and gift giveaway last Friday. It was a very well attended event. I estimate about 99% of Woodland’s public works crews were there dining on tacos, rice, and beans. Also stopping by for lunch were workers from PIRMI and those building Z Specialty Food’s new “Hive on Harter, as well as dozens of field hands, many of who sported new GroWest hats. There were also about four vendors present from various ag manufacturing firms. But the big draw was a raffle for a new pair of boots. People were lined up, ahem, knee-deep, to enter.
GrowWest is perhaps best known for its 60,000-ton state-of-the-art liquid and dry fertilizer storage and distribution facility in Woodland off North East Street, but the retail store has plenty of products for those in the agricultural business as well.
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Woodland City Councilman Tom Stallard was recently elected president of the Sacramento Valley Division of the League of California Cities. He recently presided over the division meeting at the League conference in Long Beach.
The Sacramento Valley Division includes 59 of California’s 471 cities. The population of these cities varies from Sacramento with half a million to tiny Alturas with around 250. Recent accomplishments of the Division include establishing a Rural Caucus which is needed as two-thirds of the member cities are under 15,000 people. Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry recently commented on how hard it is to get the Legislature to pay attention to rural needs.
Stallard was joined at the conference by Mayor Xochitl Rodriguez, City Manager Paul Navazio, and Community Services Director Christine Engle. City Attorney Kara Ueda was also present on behalf of her firm, Best, Best & Krieger.
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The Yolo County Farm Bureau is holding its November Ag Roundtable meeting on Nov. 19 and will feature Billy Lyons, agricultural liaison, for the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom. Tickets can be purchased online at yolofarmbureau.org. They cost $45 in advance or $55 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Ag Ed Program. People need to RSVP by Nov. 12. The social hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7.
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The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce recently announced its 2020 officers and board of directors. New officers for 2020 are Chelsea Minor, chairwoman, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores; Lori Hawkins, first vice chairwoman, Mid Valley Funding & Investment; Richard Robinson, second vice chairman, Kaiser Permanente; Dustin Dumars, treasurer, Dustin Dumars, CPA; and Jaclyn Powell, immediate past chairwoman, Smith McDowell & Powell, A Law Corporation. Serving as directors will be Tim Tsukamoto of Miyamoto International, Kayla Rodriguez of Waste Management, Mitch Engstrom of Enstrom Properties, Jeff Stiles of Lightning Prints, Grant Deary of Nor-Cal Beverage, John Costa of PG&E, Jenee Rawlings of Yolo Federal Credit Union, Chris White of Frontier Energy, Ernesto Delgado of Mayahuel, Greg Coletti of the Sacramento River Cats, Phil Hinkel of UBS Mechanical and Gil Torres of Exclusive Realty & Mortgage.
An Installation and Awards Dinner is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2020.
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From Comstock’s Magazine: “After much discussion among our editors, we decided to feature six family-owned businesses: Dimple Records, Z Specialty Food, Sacramento River Cats, Bardis Homes, Huston Textiles Company and Yolanda’s Tamales. So, congrats to Z Specialty Food which is now making strides in its continued growth with construction of a 25,000-square-foot facility dubbed “The Hive on Harter.” A groundbreaking ceremony was held several weeks ago at 1221 Harter Ave. — which is about a football field west of the current warehouse and business. That groundbreaking also served as the 40th-anniversary party that featured music, food and plenty of honey tasting at the existing business. It was attended by around 100 city staff, business officials as well as those representing nearby businesses.
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Somebody enjoys chicken and rice, particularly the Cast Iron Chicken and California Rice cooked up by Savory Cafe. Recently the California Rice Commission published the recipe for the rice-based dinner on its website and also issued printed cooking instructions. According to Juan and Toby Barajas, some 600 people as of last week had “liked the recipe on Facebook. It’s unknown if anyone made the trip to Woodland to sample the dish locally. It would be fun to make the dinner yourself and then try it at Savory to see how the two compare.
Jim Smith is editor of The Daily Democrat. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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