Mouthful: Dine by sunset for Austin Creek’s 50th anniversary

  • Chris Knight, right, and Sarahfina Bachrach enjoy a picnic at Bullfrog Pond in the Austin Creek State Recreation Area. (PD File, 2012)

Celebrating Austin Creek: Saturday, Aug. 2, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods host a Sunset Dinner in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Austin Creek State Recreation Area.

The event begins with appetizers and is followed by dinner, prepared by Northwest Catering, at 6 p.m.

Appetizers include butter lettuce cups with pea shoots, rainbow carrots, potatoes and crispy shallots; antipasti skewers of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil; and smoked salmon crostini with creme fraiche, chives, dill and shallots.

Dinner features a mixed green salad and fresh bread with olive oil, both served family style. Individually plated entrées include a choice of smoked Victorian Farmstead chicken with preserved lemons, herbed potatoes and sautéed kale and chard or marinated and grilled Alive and Healing tempeh with the same accompaniments. The vegan option is also gluten-free. Your choice of entree must be made when you purchase tickets.

Wines selections include Barefoot Bubbly, MacMurray Ranch Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir, William Hill Chardonnay, Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel and Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon.

The event takes place at Schoolhouse Flat, overlooking the back country of the 5,700-acre park. There will be live acoustic music.

Cost is $100 per person, which includes commemorative items in honor of the anniversary; attendance is limited to 80 guests.

For tickets and for details about shuttle service from Guerneville to the dinner site, visit stewardscr.org or call 869-9177.


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