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Dinner At The…

World class cuisine and agriculture come together for a fabulous evening of fun and community

This article describes the Totally Local VC Dinner At The… dinner series held in 2011. For information on this year’s dinner series, go to Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series 2019.

Southern California foodies typically have a lot to look forward to as the seasons evolve, especially on the Gold Coast with our powerful agricultural legacy. This year the anticipation rises a notch higher as Totally Local VC brings  “Dinner At the…” series.  These innovative dining events will marry iconic Ventura locations with some of the area’s topline chefs, preparing seasonal selections harvested from the region’s celebrated farms, ranches and purveyors.  This series is a celebration of all that is Ventura. The series will be structured in three successive events, all revolving around seasonal, local fare; every aspect of the evening, from cuisine to libation to music, entertainment and decor will derive from local auspices, indicative of and in keeping with the incredible bounty that is Ventura, the wellspring that serves as Totally Local VC’s veritable raison d’être.  The events are priced to please at  $90.00 per person. The sum buys a five-course meal, paired with wine and entertainment, an offering that presents a unique community-building opportunity for all involved, from guests to organizers, beneficiaries and purveyors.

Scheduled dates and locations

1. Dinner At the…  City, July 7, 2011
Start time:
Cost: $90
To Benefit Food Share

First up on the slate will be “Dinner At the City,” an elegant repast in the unusual context of Ventura’s City Hall, overlooking the sweep of California Street down to the coast. The meal will be hosted by renowned chef Rachel Main of Main Course. Guests will sample local wine while the vintner describes their unique product, which will be offered by evening’s end for take home.After a tour of historic City Hall, guests will enjoy the sumptuous meal – served al fresco in communal, family style — in the elegant but unusual setting of the municipal seat, and in the voluble company of the local farmers and ranchers from whose land the food derives. As with the wine, the producers will offer insight and context on the consumables, forging a true link in the diners’ consciousness between the field and the plate. Dessert will be created by Kate Slaton-Dunbar of Petite Reve Cafe, topped off with the exotic local liqueur  – Ventura Limoncello Company.

Thanks to our active community, Dinner At the City is SOLD OUT!

2. Dinner At the… Cross, August 11, 2011
Start time: 6:30
Cost: $90
To benefit Serra Cross Conservancy

Second in the series will be Dinner at the Cross, offered high on the hilltop at Serra Cross Park, commanding sweeping views of all of Ventura. Guests will be treated to some of the history of this cherished piece of local heritage.  Dinner will be prepared by master chef Jason Collis of Jonathon’s, whose work will be paired with an appropriately local wine. As you enjoy this farm to plate meal you will be joined by local framers, growers and purveyors who will mingle and talk about the the evenings harvest.  Gold Coast baker Shannon Wright will create a dessert to be remembered, served with a grand finale bird’s eye view of the fireworks from the Ventura County Fair. Guests are requested to bring blankets or beach chairs for the fireworks part of the evening.

Thanks to our active community, Dinner At the Cross is SOLD OUT!  

3. Dinner At the Pumpkin Patch, October 6
Start time:
5:30 pm
Cost: Early adopters: $90 (until September 1), Late bloomers: $110 (after September 1, while tickets last)
Where: McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkin Patch 5100 Olivas Park Drive Ventura, CA 93003-7671
To Benefit Food Share

The third and final offering in the series will be Dinner At the Pumpkin Patch, hosted by longtime Ventura agriculture mainstays the McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins.  Rachel Main of Main Course will  topline the fete,  working in the context of our fall harvest, paired once again with a selection from one of Ventura’s local vintners. Guests will enjoy a hay ride as they learn the unique legacy of one of Ventura’s oldest ranches and historic farm families.  Dessert delicacies by Kate Slaton-Dunbar of Petite Reve Cafe will be served on hay bales around the bonfire as the guests are regaled with macabre theatre in keeping with the season.

Thanks to our active community, Dinner At the Patch is SOLD OUT!

*If you have any issues paying with Paypal or by credit card you may also purchase tickets with a check or money order sent to: Totally Local VC Re: Dinner at the… 2674 E. Main St Ventura CA 93001

General Information

Dinners – Our Dinner times vary with the day of the week as well as the season and location.  Please check times for each dinner.  Guests are greeted by friendly Totally Local VC staff–and offered a taste of our featured winery and light appetizers before beginning our informal tour. Dinner is served outdoors at communal tables where you will eat and visit with local growers, farmers and purveyors.

Menu – Our menu is inspired by the weekly harvest. For this reason, we are unable to announce our menus ahead of time. We hope you’ll enjoy the surprise and the wonderful diversity of foods fresh from the farm, ocean and ranch. Each meal consists of a set menu of several courses prepared on-site.  The Price for each dinner is $90 per person plus tax.

Wine – we work closely with each chef to select the perfect local wines to pair with each of our menus.  Wine is served with each course throughout the meal.  Wines will be available for purchase at each dinner.

Reservations – To make your reservation just clicks the buy now button and proceed through the purchasing process. Take advantage of this great offer – 10% discount. if you purchase all three dinners in the series.  Once your complete the ticket purchase process You will receive a confirmation E-mail. Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until your payment is received. Thereafter, unpaid reservations will be void. If you must cancel, your reservation will be refunded if you contact us 7 days in advance of the event.  There is a $10 service charge applied to all cancelations.  Seats are a first-come, first-served basis.

Waiting list – If you are interested in attending a dinner that is sold out, please e-mail us at and note in your e-mail the event and date you would like to be wait listed on and the number in your party.  You will also need to provide us with your name and a contact phone number and e-mail address.  Things happen and seats open up so we suggest following us on our Facebook page to see when this happens.  Or you can let us know of you interest by dropping us a line on our contact page as well.

Dress– Dress is casual.  We recommend that you wear your walking shoes and a sunhat. You will also want to bring a jacket, layering is suggested as our coastal weather is unpredictable and evenings can get chilly.

We look forward to seeing you at our table!

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