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2013 Vineyard Farmer's Market Events:

Chefs at the Market  |   Christmas at the Market |   Oh Spear Me!

Peach, Peach, Peach |

13th Annual

Holiday Gift & Craft Show Applications

 

 

 

 

 

Chefs at the Market: 7th Annual Gumbo Throwdown!

Saturday February 22, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
$10 for a Sample Ballot,
Cuvée, Peeve’s Public House, Mia Cuppa , Taste Kitchen, and Trelio!

Fresno, Ca. – February 11, 2014 - Mardi Gras comes to the Vineyard Farmer’s Market at Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno, California with it’s 7th Annual Gumbo Throwdown, featuring five locally made gumbos, live music and Mardi Gras bead & mask sales!

Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited some of its Market Chefs to “Throwdown” in a head to head competition of culinary skill. This year’s competitors are Chris Shackleford of Trelio, Mia Cuppa’s Paul Palomino, Martin Franco from Taste Kitchen, Cuvée’s Andre Elizondo (who just happened to graduate at the top of his class at Le Cordon Bleu, College of Culinary Arts, San Francisco), and Sean Dunn from Peeve’s Public House.

For a ten-dollar ticket you will enjoy an eye-opening feast for the senses with gumbo from five of Fresno’s most talented chefs, festive Cajun music from the hyper fun Viper City Brass Band and, bead and mask sales.

How it works: For $10 attendees receive a ticket/ballot good for one 4 oz. sample of gumbo per booth. The ticket/ballot will list each of the participating restaurants, and will be marked off at each station. The ticket/ballot will have a space on the bottom to indicate a favorite. Once the attendee has sampled each gumbo they mark their ticket/ballot and drop off in a centrally located ballot box.

10 to 11:30 AM: Gumbo Throwdown: each chef serves up samples of their best Gumbo. There are five chefs participating.

11:30 AM to 12 PM: End of voting. Any remaining gumbo will be sold for $5 a bowl. Sorry, no bowl sales until AFTER 11:30 when the contest ends. Bowl sales are not guaranteed to take place.

12:00 PM: Gumbo Throw Down Winner is announced and does a victory lap around the market, trophy held proudly overhead!

A limited number of advance tickets will be available for sale at the market beginning Saturday February 15, 2014 during regular market hours.

To avoid overcrowding, only ticket holders are allowed into the gumbo event area.
There are no vegetarian or gluten free options for Gumbo Throwdown attendees.
Most gumbos contain shellfish or seafood.
 

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Barbara Mooradian Ghazarian aka "the Queen of Quince" will making an appearance at Vineyard Farmers Market on Saturday November 23rd from 8am to noon. Barbara will be signing copies of her books: "Simply Quince" & "Simply Armenian" While at the market.

 

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FRESNO, Calif., (November 14, 2013) Vineyard Farmer’s Market will be hosting its 12th Annual Holiday Gift & Craft Show during regular market hours November 30th through December 21st, 2013. In addition to the fresh local fruit, vegetables, nuts, honey, eggs, grass fed beef, heritage pork, locally roasted coffee, fresh breads and pastries, fresh squeezed orange and pomegranate juice, fresh tamales from Casa de Tamales and soups and pot pies from Mediterranean To Go, the Vineyard will offer space to these Holiday Artists and Crafters on the following dates:

 

 

Fall Planting Workshop

 

Stella Luna Farms

Bee My Honey
 

Bee My Honey Festival

Featuring Bee Bob’s Honey
Saturday May 4, 2013
10 AM to 12 PM • Tickets: $5

Participating restaurants include:

 Cracked Pepper Bistro, Erna’s Elderberry House, Keith’s Box Car Café, Copeland’s Catering and Marian Farms

 

Vineyard Farmer’s Market invites you to celebrate the valleys tiniest heroes at the Bee My Honey Festival on Saturday May 4, 2013. The event will be held during regularly scheduled market hours on the Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno, California.
Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited the best of its Market Chefs to sweeten up the festivities with a demonstration of honey inspired culinary skills. Using local honey provided by Bee Bob’s Honey, participants Vatche Moukhtarian of Cracked Pepper Bistro, Jonathon Perkins of Erna’s Elderberry House, Keith Smith of Keith’s Box Car Café, Nathan Lewis Copeland of Copeland’s Catering, and Sharon Alexander and Doug Wakida of Marian Farms will create delectable edibles for our enjoyment.

Inspired by longtime Vineyard vendor “Bee”  CONTACT _Con-3EAA3FF497 \c \s \l Bob Nyberg, Poppy Lane Publishing will be offering the children’s book; The Honeybee and the Butterfly Tumble Through the Air written by local author Kierstin Allbergottie and Illustrated by local artist Joseph G. Garcia.

For a five-dollar ticket you will enjoy a feast for the senses with honey infused dishes from five of Fresno’s most talented chefs, native bee friendly plant sales, and a children’s book signing and storytelling There is no admission necessary for the book signing, storytelling, or native plant sale aspect of the event.

 

Who: Vineyard Farmers Market Association

What:  Bee My Honey Festival; Food sampling, book signing, and storytelling, native plant and honey sales. (Storytelling takes place at 11:00 AM)

Where: 100 W. Shaw, (Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw)

When: May 4th from 10AM to 12PM

How: $5 admission ticket to food sampling and music area
 

 

 

Gumbo Throwdown VI

 

Chefs at the Market: 6th Annual Gumbo Throwdown!

Saturday February 2, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
$10 for a Sample Ballot,


Cracked Pepper Bistro, Keith’s Box Car Cafe, Sequoia Brewing Company, TasteFresno and Trelio!


Fresno, Ca. – January 20, 2012 - Mardi Gras comes to the Vineyard Farmer’s Market at Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno, California with it’s 6th Annual Gumbo Throwdown, featuring d Mardi Gras bead & mask sales!

The Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited some of its Market Chefs to “Throwdown” in a head to head competition of culinary skill. This year’s competitors are Cracked Pepper Bistro’s Vatche Moukhtarian, Michael Shackleford of Trelio, new to the competition this year; Keith Smith of Keith’s Box Car Café and a collective of food enthusiast’s at TasteFresno headed up by Louisiana native James Collier.

For a ten-dollar ticket you will enjoy an eye-opening feast for the senses with gumbo from five of Fresno’s most talented chefs, bead and mask sales.

How it works: For $10 attendees receive a ticket/ballot good for one 4 oz. sample of gumbo per booth. The ticket/ballot will list each of the participating restaurants, and will be marked off at each station. The ticket/ballot will have a space on the bottom to indicate a favorite. Once the attendee has sampled each gumbo they drop off their ticket/ballot in a centrally located ballot box.

10 to 11:30 AM: Gumbo Throwdown: each chef serves up samples of their best Gumbo. There are five chefs participating.

11:30 AM to 1PM: End of voting. Any remaining gumbo will be sold for $5 a bowl. Sorry, no bowl sales until AFTER 11:30end of contest. Bowl sales are not guaranteed to take place.

12:30 PM: Gumbo Throw Down Winner is announced and does a victory lap around the market, trophy held proudly overhead!

A limited number of advance tickets will be available for sale at the market beginning Wednesday January 30, 2013 from 3 to 6PM.
To avoid overcrowding, only ticket holders are allowed into the gumbo event area.

 

 

 

11th Annual Vineyard Farmers Market
 Holiday Gift & Craft Show

November 24th through December 22nd
 (Wednesdays 3 –6 PM & Saturdays 7 AM – 12 PM)

 

Vineyard Farmers Market -100 W. Shaw – (Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw)

 

FRESNO, Calif., (November 14, 2012) Vineyard Farmer’s Market will be hosting its 11th Annual Holiday Gift & Craft Show during regular market hours November 24th through December 22nd, 2012. In addition to the fresh local fruit, vegetables, nuts, honey, eggs, grass fed beef, heritage pork, locally roasted coffee, fresh breads and pastries, fresh orange and pomegranate juice, fresh and frozen tamales from Casa de Tamales and soups and pot pies from Mediterranean To Go, the Vineyard will offer space to these Holiday Artists and Crafters on the following dates:

Vessel Elegance: Nov 24th Dec 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd

Handcrafted pottery

Avela Doce Pendants: Nov 24th Dec 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd

Cute funky and handmade jewelry

Essentially Homemade: Nov 24th Dec 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd

Organic Household Cleaner

Passionately Created: Nov 24th Dec 1st, 15th, and 22nd

Art from the Heart

Karen Conley Designs: Dec 1st, 15th, and 22nd

Beautiful necklaces and charming earrings

Kay Peters Sermon: Dec 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd
watercolors

Oakawahnee Ranch Alpacas: Dec 8th, 15th, and 22nd
Alpaca socks, hats and scarves

Scarlett Designs: Dec 1st and 15th

Hand strung gems & knitted shawls

Socks Instead of Slippers: Dec 8th and 15th

Essential Oils & Organic Household Cleaner

Valley Center for the Blind: Dec 1st and 8th

Hand knit hats, scarves and gloves

Motley Nomad Photography: Dec 1st

Landscapes, Cityscapes and Nature Photography

Shop local, Buy Local, Eat Local!

Vineyard Farmers Market will NOT be open: Wednesday Dec 26 & Wednesday January 2nd. OPEN Saturday Dec 29th.

For more info see: VineyardFarmersMarket.com    •  LIKE <us on facebook

 

 

Quince of My Dreams – Celebration of a Forgotten Fruit

 

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

10 AM to 12 PM
Vineyard Farmers Market - Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw

 

Quince Celebration Features Gourmet Chefs, Live Jazz, Fresh Quince, & Book Signing

Casa de Tamales, La Boulangerie, Marian Farms and Pinot Wine Bar & Bistro

FRESNO, Calif., Membrillo in Spanish, coing in French, quitte in German, ayva in Turkish, and sergevil in Armenian – all over the world the fruit bearing quince tree (Cydonia oblonga) is cultivated and prized for it’s versatility in the kitchen.  Unfortunately in the United States this wonderful fruit has been nearly forgotten.

To help us rediscover the quince we have invited “Simply Quince” author Barbra Ghazarian to visit the Vineyard Farmers Market to sign copies of her cookbook.
In addition our “market chefs” will be on hand to tempt and delight you with creations made from this incredible fruit.

Admission to the event is $5, with tickets available at the gate. Featured local restaurant’s providing quince dish samples include; Casa de Tamales, La Boulangerie, Marian Farms and Pinot Wine Bar & Bistro.

 

Quince of My Dreams will be held at the Vineyard Farmers Market located on the Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno, California. The event will start at 10 am and end at 12 pm. The Eva Scow Trio will perform live jazz music.

 

Traditionally this hard, fuzz-covered, aromatic cousin of pears and apples is used to make sweet, festive, ruby-red jams and preserves. However, Barbra Ghazarian’s Simply Quince masterfully demonstrates the quinces versatility, floral fragrance, subtle flavor, and dazzling color in 70 easy recipes full of legend, history, culture, and scientific facts. Most varieties of quince are too hard, astringent and sour to eat raw. The event, sponsored by the Vineyard Farmers Market Association, is designed to increase appreciation for quince and local produce.  Fresh quinces are harvested from late August through December.

For more info see: VineyardFarmersMarket.com

 

 

Holiday Gift & Craft Show

from November 26th to December 22nd

Deadline for application is Sept 22nd

Download Application

 

 

 

Bee My Honey Festival

Featuring Bee Bob’s Honey
Saturday April 14, 2012
10 AM to 12 PM • Tickets: $5

Participating restaurants include:

Best Butcher, Casa de Tamales, Cracked Pepper Bistro,
Erna’s Elderberry House, and Trelio.

 

 

Vineyard Farmer’s Market invites you to celebrate the valleys tiniest heroes at the Bee My Honey Festival on Saturday April 14, 2012. The event will be held during regularly scheduled market hours on the Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno, California.
The Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited some of its Market Chefs to sweeten up the festivities with a demonstration of honey inspired culinary skills. Using local honey provided by Bee Bob’s Honey, participants Vatche Moukhtarian of Cracked Pepper Bistro, Michael Shackleford of Trelio, Gunnar Thompson of Erna’s Elderberry House, Jose & Liz Aguilar of Casa de Tamales and Chef Cody Nixon of Best Butcher will create delectable edibles for our enjoyment.

Inspired by longtime Vineyard vendor “Bee” Bob Nyberg, Poppy Lane Publishing will be offering the children’s book; The Honeybee and the Butterfly Tumble Through the Air written by local author Kierstin Allbergottie and Illustrated by local artist Joseph G. Garcia.

 

For a five-dollar ticket you will enjoy a feast for the senses with honey infused dishes from five of Fresno’s most innovative chefs, native bee friendly plant sales, a children’s book signing and storytelling and live honey inspired music by the multi - talented Patti Torrey.

There is no admission necessary for the book signing, storytelling, or native plant sale aspect of the event.

 

Who: Vineyard Farmers Market Association

What:  Bee My Honey Festival; Food sampling, live music, book signing, and storytelling, face painting, native plant and honey sales.
(Storytelling takes place at 11:00 AM)

Where: 100 W. Shaw, (Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw)

When: April 14th from 10AM to 12PM

How: $5 admission ticket to food sampling and music area
See www.VineyardFarmersMarket.com for more details.

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release                   

Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw

Chefs at the Market: 5th Annual Gumbo Throwdown!

Saturday February 11, 2012 10 AM to 1 PM

$10 for a Sample Ballot,
Cracked Pepper Bistro, Dusty Bun’s Bistro Bus, Marian Farms,
Best Butcher, and Trelio!


Fresno, Ca. –  Mardi Gras comes to the Vineyard Farmer’s Market at Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno, California with it’s 5th Annual Gumbo Throwdown, featuring a live New Orleans brass band and Mardi Gras bead & mask sales!

 
The Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited some of its Market Chefs to “Throwdown” in a head to head competition of culinary skill. This year’s competitors are the Cracked Pepper Bistro’s Vatche Moukhtarian, Michael Shackleford of Trelio, Dustin and Kristen Stewart of Dusty Bun’s Bistro Bus and new to the competition this year; Cody Nixon of Best Butcher.

 For a ten-dollar ticket you will enjoy an eye-opening feast for the senses with gumbo from five of Fresno’s most talented chefs, bead and mask sales, a beer garden featuring Marian Farms Biodynamic Hot Toddies made from locally distilled oak aged brandy, and live New Orleans style music by the phenomenal Viper City Brass.

 How it works: For $10 attendees receive a ticket/ballot good for one 4 oz. sample of gumbo per booth. The ticket/ballot will list each of the participating restaurants, and will be marked off at each station. The ticket/ballot will have a space on the bottom to indicate a favorite. Once the attendee has sampled each gumbo they drop off their ticket/ballot in a centrally located ballot box.

 10 to 11:30 AM:  Gumbo Throwdown: each chef serves up samples of their best Gumbo. There are five chefs participating.

 11 AM to 1:00 PM: Viper City Brass performs in our own Bourbon Street inspired Beer Garden.

 11:30 AM to 1PM:  End of voting. Any remaining gumbo will be sold for $5 a bowl. Sorry, no bowl sales until AFTER 11:30. Bowl sales are not guaranteed to take place.

 12:30 PM: Gumbo Throw Down Winner is announced and does a victory lap around the market, trophy held aloft!  Well OK, sometimes it is hard to get the Chefs to run, so please be there to cheer them on!

 A limited number of advance tickets will be available for sale at the market beginning Wednesday February 8, 2011 from 3 to 6PM. 



Due to crowding, only ticket holders will be allowed in the gumbo event area.


See www.VineyardFarmersMarket.com for more details.

 

Quince of My Dreams
Celebration of a Forgotten Fruit

 

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

10 AM to 12 PM
Vineyard Farmers Market - Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw

 

Quince Celebration Features Gourmet Chefs, Live Jazz, Fresh Quince, & Book Signing

Casa de Tamales, Dusty Buns Bistro Bus, La Boulangerie, Trelio Restaurant
and Yalla Yalla.

FRESNO, Calif., Membrillo in Spanish, coing in French, quitte in German, ayva in Turkish, and sergevil in Armenian – all over the world the fruit bearing quince tree (Cydonia oblonga) is cultivated and prized for it’s versatility in the kitchen.  Unfortunately in the United States this wonderful fruit has been nearly forgotten.

To help us rediscover the quince we have invited “Simply Quince” author Barbra Ghazarian to visit the Vineyard Farmers Market to sign copies of her cookbook.
In addition our “market chefs” will be on hand to tempt and delight you with creations made from this incredible fruit.

Admission to the event is $5, with tickets available at the gate. Featured local restaurant’s providing quince dish samples include; Casa de Tamales, Dusty Buns Bistro Bus, La Boulangerie, Trelio Restaurant and Yalla Yalla.

For an additional fee ($5 - $10) we will be offering tastings and unique cocktails made from Marian Farms oak aged brandies, vodka and pisco.

 

Quince of My Dreams will be held at the Vineyard Farmers Market located on the Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno, California. The event will start at 10 AM and end at noon. The ShapHill Duo will perform live jazz music.

Traditionally this hard, fuzz-covered, aromatic cousin of pears and apples is used to make sweet, festive, ruby-red jams and preserves. However, Barbra Ghazarian’s Simply Quince masterfully demonstrates the quinces versatility, floral fragrance, subtle flavor, and dazzling color in 70 easy recipes full of legend, history, culture, and scientific facts. Most varieties of quince are too hard, astringent and sour to eat raw. The event, sponsored by the Vineyard Farmers Market Association, is designed to increase appreciation for quince and local produce.  Fresh quinces are harvested from late August through December.

 

 

 

Holiday Gift & Craft Show (Also known as Christmas at the Market)  is now accepting applications!

 


 

Bee My Honey Festival Winners!

     
1st place: Cracked Pepper Bistro
2nd place: Dusty Buns Bistro Bus
3rd place: Marian Farms
 

Bee My Honey Festival

Featuring Bee Bob’s Honey
Saturday April 2, 2011: 10 AM to 12 PM Tickets: $5

Participating restaurants include:

Cracked Pepper Bistro, Dusty Buns Bistro Bus,
Max’s Bistro, Marian Farms, and Trelio.

 

“I’m very worried about the bees,” says publisher Bette Peterson “Our whole valley depends on the bee!”

 

March 17, 2011 (Fresno, Ca.) Vineyard Farmer’s Market invites you to celebrate the valleys tiniest heroes at the first annual Bee My Honey Festival on Saturday April 2nd, 2011 to be held during it’s regularly scheduled market located at Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno, California. The market will also be celebrating the release of a new locally published children’s book; The Honeybee and the Butterfly Tumble Through the Air written by local author Kierstin Allbergottie and Illustrated by local artist Joseph G. Garcia that was inspired by longtime Vineyard vendor “Bee”  Bob Nyberg.

 
The Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited some of its Market Chefs to sweeten up the festivities with a demonstration of honey inspired culinary skill. Among this event’s participants are Vatche Moukhtarian of the Cracked Pepper Bistro, Scott Sauer of Max’s Bistro, Michael Shackleford of Trelio, Dustin & Kristin Stewart of Dusty Bun’s Bistro Bus and Chef Doug Wakida of Marian Farms.

 

For a five-dollar ticket you will enjoy a feast for the senses with honey infused dishes from five of Fresno’s most innovative chefs, native bee friendly plant sales, a children’s book signing and storytelling and live honey inspired music by the multi - talented Patti Torrey. There is no admission necessary for the book signing, storytelling, or native plant sale aspect of the event.

 

Who: Vineyard Farmers Market Association

What:  Bee My Honey Festival; Food sampling, live music, book signing, and storytelling, native plant and honey sales. (Storytelling takes place at 11:00 AM)

Where: 100 W. Shaw, (Northwest corner of Blackstone & Shaw)

When: April 2nd from 10AM to 12PM

How: $5 admission ticket to food sampling and music area
See www.VineyardFarmersMarket.com for more details.

 

 

Gumbo Throwdown 2011:
Saturday February 26th 10AM to 1PM

 
Chef Mike Shackelford and his winning gumbo!

Chefs at the Market: Gumbo Throwdown!

Saturday February 26, 2011 10 AM to 1 PM

$10 for a Sample Ballot, $5 for a Bowl
Participants Include:
Cracked Pepper Bistro, Dusty Bun’s Bistro Bus, Max’s Bistro,
IOT Culinary School, and Trelio!


Fresno, Ca. – February 1, 2011 - Mardi Gras comes to the Vineyard Farmer’s Market located at Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno, California with it’s 4th Annual Gumbo Throwdown, featuring live Cajun music and Mardi Gras bead & mask sales!

 The Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited some of its Market Chefs to “Throwdown” in a head to head competition of culinary skill. Among this year’s competitors are the Cracked Pepper Bistro’s, Vatche Moukhtarian, Scott Sauer of Max’s Bistro, Michael Shackleford of Trelio and Dustin Stewart of Dusty Bun’s Bistro Bus.

 For a ten-dollar ticket you will enjoy an eye-opening feast for the senses with gumbo from five of Fresno’s most innovative chefs, bead and mask sales, a beer garden, and live Cajun music by Lonesome Jem & the Lunatics featuring Jemmy Bluestein.

How it works: For $10 attendees receive a ticket/ballot good for one 4 oz. sample of gumbo per booth. The ticket/ballot will list each of the participating restaurants, and will be marked off at each station. The ticket/ballot will have a space on the bottom to indicate a favorite. Once the attendee has sampled each gumbo they drop off their ticket/ballot in a centrally located ballot box.

 10 to 11:30 AM:  Gumbo Throwdown: each chef serves up samples of their best Gumbo. There are five chefs participating. 

11 AM to 1:00 PM: Lonesome Jem and the Lunatics perform in our own Bourbon Street inspired Beer Garden. 

11:30 AM to 1PM:  End of voting. Any remaining gumbo will be sold for $5 a bowl. Sorry, no bowl sales until 11:30. No guarantee of availability.

12:30 PM: Gumbo Throw Down Winner is announced and does a victory lap around the market, trophy held aloft!  Well OK, sometimes it is hard to get the Chefs to run, so please be there to cheer them on! 

A limited number of advance tickets will be available for sale at the market beginning Wednesday February 23, 2011 from 3 to 6PM.

video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bPz-C06sGM

 

Photos of the event below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Judges Choice: First Place -  Cracked Pepper Bistro

Judges Choice: Second Place - Max's

Judges Choice: Third Place  - Trelio
AND
Peoples Choice: First Place - Trelio

Peoples Choice: Second Place - GiGi's Cucina Italiana

Peoples Choice: Third Place - Elbow Room

For Immediate Release                             
Vineyard Farmers Market presents:
Chefs at the Market: Gumbo Throwdown!
10 AM to 1 PM • Saturday February 6, 2010

$8 for a Sample Ballot • $ 5 for a bowl (available after 11:30AM)
Participants Include: Cracked Pepper Bistro, Elbow Room, Erna’s Elderberry House, GiGi’s Cucina Italiana, Max’s Bistro & Trelio!


The slightly damp crowd got on their feet for Lonesome Jem & the Lunatics.


Fresno, Ca. – January 14, 2010 - Mardi Gras comes to the Vineyard Farmer’s Market at Blackstone & Shaw with a Gumbo Throwdown, live Cajun music and bead sales! The Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited some of its “Market Chefs” to “Throwdown” in a head to head competition of culinary skill. Among the competitors is the Cracked Pepper Bistro’s, Vatche Moukhtarian, , Pino Borrelli of GiGi’s Cucina Italiana, Scott Sauer of Max’s Bistro, Michael Shackleford of Trelio and new to the competition this year, Karsten Hart of Erna’s Elderberry House  and Roy Harland of the newly revamped Elbow Room in Fig Garden Village.
          Although this is Chef Roy Harland’s first year as an official participant in the Gumbo Throwdown event, his son Malachi Harland won in 2008 for the Elbow Room’s previous Chef’s Table restaurant and he was a behind-the-scenes contributor to former Bentley’s co-worker Justin Shannon’s win in 2009. “Looks like I'll be trying to follow in my son's footsteps,” said Harland,  “He's not an easy act to follow, same for Justin.”  
          For an eight-dollar ticket you will enjoy gumbo from six of Fresno’s most innovative chefs and get into the Mardi Gras spirit with bead sales, a beer garden, and live Cajun music by Lonesome Jem & the Lunatics featuring Jemmy Bluestein.
This year there will also be a judges panel on hand to give out a “Judges Choice” award.
How it works: For $8 attendees receive a ticket/ballot good for one sample of gumbo per booth. The ticket/ballot will list each of the participating restaurants, and is marked off at each station.
The ticket/ballot will have a space on the bottom to indicate a favorite.
Once the attendee has sampled each gumbo they drop off their ticket/ballot in a centrally located ballot box.
10 to 11:30 AM:  Gumbo Throwdown: each chef serves up samples of their best Gumbo. There are six restaurants participating.
11 AM to 12:30 PM: Lonesome Jem and the Lunatics perform in our own Bourbon Street inspired Beer Garden.
11:30 AM to 1PM:  End of voting. Any remaining gumbo will be sold for $5 a bowl. Sorry, no bowl sales until 11:30.
12PM: Gumbo Throw Down Winner is announced and does a victory lap around the market, trophy held aloft!  Well OK, sometimes it is hard to get the Chefs to run, so please be there to cheer them on!
A limited number of advance tickets will be available for sale at the market beginning Wednesday January 27, 2010 from 3 to 6PM.

See www.VineyardFarmersMarket.com for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
(see more event pictures here)
Vatche Moukhtarian wins First Place
for Vegan Asparagus Soup w/Coconut Milk
at
Oh Spear Me!
Asparagus Celebration!


Erna's Elderberry House's
Marinated Asparagus Salad


Saturday April 4, 2009 - 10 AM to 12 PM

$5 a Ticket, Tickets available at the "door"
Participants Include:Bistro Rustico, Aqua Shi,
Cracked Pepper Bistro, Erna's Elderberry House, GiGi’s Cucina Italiana and Trelio!

 

Spargelzeit* comes to the Vineyard Farmer’s Market at Blackstone & Shaw with Oh Spear Me! Asparagus Celebration! While they have to wait until late spring to start celebrating in Germany, April will provide plenty of the green stuff for our local celebration. The Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited six of its Market Chefs to create asparagus inspired dishes in a delightful morning display of culinary skills. Not only will you get to sample asparagus creations from six of Fresno’s most innovative chefs but also get into the Spargelzeit spirit with live music by the Dalton Mountain String Band, a coloring contest for the kids, recipes and lots of asparagus fun.

 

How it works: For $5 attendees receive a ticket/ballot good for one sample of an asparagus dish per booth. The ticket/ballot will list each of the participating restaurants, and is marked off at each station.
The ticket/ballot will have a space on the bottom to indicate a favorite.
Once the attendee has sampled each asparagus dish they drop off their ticket/ballot in a centrally located ballot box.

All proceeds will benefit the Vineyard Farmer’s Market Association, a non-profit corporation.
See www.VineyardFarmersMarket.com for more details.

 

*Spargelzeit = Asparagus time

Spargel: German name for asparagus

Zeit: German for time

2nd Place Bistro Rustico

Marinated Asparagus over Crostini

 


 

3rd Place  Erna's Elderberry House
Marinated Asparagus Salad

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Chefs at the Market: Gumbo Throw Down!
 

 

1st Place - Bentleys Bistro
Justin Shannon Chef

The winning gumbo

 

Chefs at the Market: Gumbo Throw Down!

Saturday February 21, 2009 10 AM to 1 PM

$8 for a Sample Ballot, $8 for a Bowl
Participants Include:

Chefs Table, Bistro Rustico,
Cracked Pepper Bistro, GiGi’s, Bentley’s Bistro and Trelio!


Mardi Gras comes to the Vineyard Farmer’s Market at Blackstone & Shaw with a Gumbo Throwdown, live music and bead sales! The Vineyard Farmer’s Market has invited six of its Market Chefs to “Throwdown” in a head to head competition of culinary skill. Not only will you get to sample gumbo from six of Fresno’s most innovative chefs but also get into the Mardi Gras spirit with bead sales, live Cajun music by Lonesome Jem & the Lunatics and a beer garden.

 
How it works: For $8 attendees receive a ticket/ballot good for one sample of gumbo per booth. The ticket/ballot will list each of the participating restaurants, and is marked off with a sharpie at each station.
The ticket/ballot will have a space on the bottom to indicate a favorite.
Once the attendee has sampled each gumbo they drop off their ticket/ballot in a centrally located ballot box.

10 to 11:30 AM:  Gumbo Throw Down: each chef serves up samples of their best Gumbo. There are six restaurants participating.

11:30 AM to 1PM:  Remaining gumbo is sold by the bowl until gone or 1PM, whichever comes first.
We have no control over the time-gumbo ratio gods.
12PM: Gumbo Throw Down Winner announced and does a victory lap around the market, trophy held aloft!

All proceeds will benefit the Vineyard Farmer’s Market Association, a non-profit corporation.

 

2nd place winners The Chefs Table
 

Watch the story on KSEE Sunrise

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Located on the
 Northwest Corner of
Blackstone & Shaw Wednesdays: 3-6PM
Saturdays: 7- Noon
Year Round!

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