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Celebrate Local Harvests with ‘Supper in the Street’

Posted: September 7, 2017

It’s harvest season in Northern Nevada, and farmers, chefs and brewers are celebrating with “Supper in the Street” in downtown Sparks. The community is invited.

The farm-to-fork supper will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks. Attendees will enjoy a supper served family style on Victorian Avenue, seated alongside the farmers and ranchers who contributed to the meal. Regular tickets are $40 per person, and VIP tickets with fast pass seating are $55 per person. Details and reservations are available at institute/.

Chef James Garza of Great Basin Brewing Company is creating the menu for the event, sourcing from local farms and ranches. Steamship beef and beer sausage are two items that Garza has on the menu. While sourcing from local farms has its challenges, Garza said the flavor and satisfaction from using local farmers can’t be beaten.

“I just sourced a hog from Holley Family Farms, and our meat purveyor Sierra Meats will add Great Basin beer to make a special sausage for the event. And the beef will be from Baker Ranch Brewery Beef. Their animals are fed brewery grain, which is a byproduct from our beer-making process. It’s full circle,” Garza said.

Event organizer Ann Louhela of Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute explained that the event was created as a casual supper, served family style on the street, unlike many farm-to-fork dinners that are formal, plated dinners. The supper will serve 150 attendees, all sitting at one community dining table.

“We want to send the message that local food is accessible to everyone, and we should be serving it on our breakfast, dinner, supper tables,” Louhela said. “Local food shouldn’t just be for special occasions. It’s easy to incorporate into everyday meals.”

“Supper in the Street” is produced by Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute in collaboration with Great Basin Brewing Company and 39 North Downtown to promote the value of local farms and businesses. For more information, contact Louhela, 775-250-1339 or