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In Honor Of National Salad Week, Natividad Medical Center Certified Farmers Market Announces a Featured Farmer Cooking Demonstration By Chef Todd Fisher On Wednesday, July 28th

The Certified Farmers Market is Held Every Wednesday Through the End of October

SALINAS, CA – June 27th, 2010 — Harry Weis, CEO of Natividad Medical Center, announced today that Natividad Medical Center’s Certified Farmers' Market, run by nonprofit organization Everyone’s Harvest, will have a featured farmer cooking demonstration by Chef Todd Fisher. The cooking demo will be held Wednesday, July 28th at 1:00 p.m. (The Farmers Market is from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).

In honor of National Salad Week, Chef Todd Fisher will be demonstrating how to make his Roasted Beets in Sherry Wine Vinaigrette serving 6 people. Following is Todd’s famous recipe:

Roasted Beets in Sherry Wine Vinaigrette

6 Lrg. Red or Golden Beets
3 C. Water
½ t. Salt
In large baking dish place washed beets, water and salt. Cover with foil and roast 1-½ hours at 350°. Remove from oven and cool. Wearing gloves peel beets using two paper towels and rubbing the beets till all skin is removed and slice. Arrange on a serving platter and crumble Chevre (Goat Cheese) over the top and set aside while you prepare the Sherry Wine Vinaigrette.

Sherry Wine Vinaigrette

2 ea. Shallots minced
1 T. Dijon Mustard
2 t. Honey
1 t. Cracked Black Pepper
1 t. Sea Salt
½ C. Sherry Wine Vinegar
4 T. California Olive Oil

Whisk together above ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle over the sliced beets. Ooh lala! Simple and delicious.

The Farmers Market is located at 1441 Constitution Blvd., outside of building 200-Out Patient Services, and is open to the public every Wednesday through October 27th. The Certified Farmers Market is part of Natividad Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to promote wellness and healthy eating among Natividad Medical Center’s staff, patients and their families.

At Natividad Medical Center’s Certified Farmers Market, run by Everyone’s Harvest, shoppers will find fresh quality fruits and vegetables (many certified organic), beautiful flowers, and organic eggs from small-scale family farmers and local independent businesses. By shopping at Natividad Medical Center’s California Certified Farmers Market you are supporting local California growers. There will be additional featured farmer cooking demos each month that take place during the Farmers Market at 12:00 p.m.

  • August 4th the featured cooking demonstration will promote National Kids Day and kid friendly foods.
  • September 29th the featured cooking demonstration will promote Women’s Fitness Day and healthy eating.
  • October 13th the featured cooking demonstration will promote Cancer Awareness and foods that prevent cancer.

For more information on Natividad Medical Center Certified Farmer’s Market contact Everyone’s Harvest at (831) 384-6961. For information on Natividad Medical Center or the grand opening festivities, please contact Natividad Medical Center press contact Marci Bracco (831) 747-7455.

About Natividad Medical Center

Natividad Medical Center is a 172-bed acute care medical center owned and operated by Monterey County, and has been providing healthcare for more than 120 years. A public community hospital, Natividad Medical Center emphasizes the care of women, children and families and offers comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic and specialty care. Natividad is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast, through its affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). With a medical staff of more than 235 physicians, Natividad’s mission is to continually improve the health status of the people of Monterey County through access to affordable, high-quality healthcare services. Natividad is based in Salinas, California. For more information, please call 831-755-4111 or visit www.natividad.com.

About Everyone’s Harvest

Everyone's Harvest is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit (organization. We run three Certified Farmers’ Markets in Marina, Pacific Grove, and Greenfield. Established in November of 2002, Everyone's Harvest in accordance with state, county, and local laws, for the benefit of farmers and consumers alike. Our mission is to create vibrant, healthy communities and equitable food webs. www.everyonesharvest.org.

Information on Chef Todd Fisher

Chef Todd Fisher is a 20-year culinary veteran, restaurateur, food consultant, and a fast emerging leader in the culinary world. He is best known for bringing his flare of Bold American cuisine to the table.

In the Summer of 2009 Chef Todd built a 3,000 sq ft commercial kitchen in Sand City, California with an upstairs private dining loft and chefs lounge. THE KITCHEN, nestled into this tiny industrial Mecca transports guests to Tribecca, NY’s underground dining scene where guests are thrilled with his nightly, California inspired small bites line up. Each month, Chef Todd invites one of his many culinary friends to host a Chef’s Lounge, these gatherings bring together the local chefs, and industry people to build community and relationships while inspiring education and forward thinking.

Chef Todd’s latest culinary achievement is a unique traveling four-star dining concept, Gypsy Kitchen, with partners like Pessagno Winery, in California’s beautiful Santa Lucia Highlands. Chef Todd and his team transform the grand tasting room into an elegant yet comfortable dining room. Launched in the Summer 2009 with immediate acclaim. Chef Todd and his creations continuously attract sell-out crowds of CEOs, foodies and wine enthusiasts, enticing them with such dishes as Black-Strap Molasses and Cider Glazed Pork Belly, “Chicken Fried” Scallops with Sweet Pea Grits and Spring Pea Lobster Salad, and California Olive Oil Poached Eggs on Cast Iron Seared Rib Eye.

Please visit www.cheftoddfisher.com for more information about Chef Todd.


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