College of Agriculture hosts farm table dinner

By Danielle Rodriguez

Cal Poly Pomona hosted its second annual Spring Harvest Farm 2 Table Dinner on Saturday, featuring locally grown ingredients prepared by three executive local chefs, testimonies from students of the College of Agriculture and a presentation of the Jim Hicks Agricultural Achievement Award.

The evening took place at the AGRIscapes Center. Although it was raining during the event, the ambience was not dampened.

Upon entry, guests were greeted with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a live band. After the cocktail hour, the event was led outside, where tables were set for the 180 attendees to enjoy dinner and listen to speeches from students from the College of Agriculture.

The three executive chefs that created the three-course meal for the event are CPP alumni Christopher Gendreau from Chase’s La Verne, Travis Flood from Pappas Artisanal and Antoine Howard from Twisted Sage Cafe.

Along with the dinner, guests received wine pairings from winemaker Greg Freeman. Wines from Hahn Family Wines of Monterey County and Joseph Filippi Winery were donated.

Many prominent figures of the CPP community were in attendance, including President Soraya Coley and Dean of the College of Agriculture Mary Holz-Clause.

The event brought awareness to the produce and fresh ingredients that are grown and sustained on campus by students.

“At Cal Poly Pomona we have faculty who are conducting cutting edge research. “.Our students have the opportunity to participate and learn from that research,” Coley said in her opening speech. “Our students truly are the future leaders of the agricultural industry.”

Several students of the College of Agriculture also presented speeches throughout the evening to share their positive experiences at CPP. Many faculty and staff members were recognized for their dedication to their students.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the students on campus and within the College of Agriculture have the best faculty, staff and advisors. They care and sincerely put time and investment into our students,” said Bryce Von Helms, a senior Agribusiness student and Associated Students, Inc. agriculture senator.

CPP alumna Karen Kapplan was awarded with the Jim Hicks Agricultural Achievement Award.

“We give this award to someone who has done something very innovative and creative. It’s fun to give this opportunity for alumni, students and entrepreneurs such as Karen, to get together for a fun evening,” said Holz-Clause.

During the main course, the three executive chefs took the stage to present their dish and share their enthusiasm about the evening.

“It’s nice to be back here in my hometown in Southern California doing what I love,” said Flood, who grew up in Diamond Bar. “Everything we have prepared, including the ingredients and the cattle, was raised right here on this land.”

The chefs’ families were also in attendance to enjoy the fun-filled evening.

As the night went on, the chefs mingled with the guests.

The event was also an opportunity for what Holz-Clause described as “friendraising.”

“We want to bring in new people into Cal Poly Pomona and the College of Agriculture to let them know about the treasure of the AGRIscapes,” said Holz-Clause.

Spring Harvest Farm 2 Table Dinner

Danielle Rodriguez / The Poly Post

Spring Harvest Farm 2 Table Dinner

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