Slow Food Fans Savor Bounty’s Buffet 

It was a full house that was more than happy to wait for slow food – that is, local organic foods prepared by area growers to be shared at “Savoring Solano’s Bounty,” March 7 at the Green Valley Administration Center.


More than 100 guests came to sample and purchase local wines, olive oils, jams, produce and honey.


It was the second year that NorthBay Healthcare has partnered with Slow Food Solano to raise money for the School Garden Grants program, which encourages Solano County children to eat healthy foods.


Featured chef for the evening was Melanie Bajakian, co-owner of the Buckhorn restaurants in Winters and San Francisco. Also taking the stage to talk about functional medicine and the importance of a healthy diet were Dr. Eric Hassid, who has recently moved his practice from Davis to the VacaValley Health Plaza, where it is called Functional Medicine, a NorthBay Affiliate, and nurse practitioner Karin Grumstrup.


“NorthBay really appreciates the chance to partner again with Slow Food Solano,” says Kelly Rhoads-Poston, marketing representative who helped organize the program. “We’re pleased to provide a great venue to again put the spotlight on healthy, organic foods and the great farmers in Solano County who produce them,” she noted.


Slow Food Solano Co-Chair Ruth Begell was happy with the turnout.


"It was great to see such interest and enthusiasm on the part of the attendees for all the beautiful produce that the local food producers had to offer at their tables,” said Ruth. “The fact that an organization such as NorthBay Healthcare is partnering with us on this event is very encouraging to Slow Food Solano and supports our mission to steer people toward food that is good, clean and fair."