The dinner is organized by Slow Food Scott Valley in partnership with Slow Food San Francisco. We are grateful to Lorenzo Scarpone for working alongside us in promoting one of the oldest ranching families in Northern California’s Scott Valley. Our Valley is nestled in the rugged mountains near the Oregon border, and boasts a frontier charm. Visitors to the historic towns of Fort Jones and Etna experience the quiet rhythms of rural life and the friendly manner of the local folks who are known for their plucky independence and entrepreneurial spirit. This rural mountain valley (elevation starting at 2800 feet) surrounded by the Marble Mountains, the Klamath National Forest, and the Salmon-Trinity Alps, is an environment ideal for raising cattle and quality hay.
The dinner will be featuring Jenner Family Beef, a premium beef raised by Jenner Cattle Company, which has been in business for over 140 years in the Scott Valley. Jenner Cattle Company is made up of three generations and is now a fifth generation family business, where commitment to family, cattle, and the land is the primary focus of their daily life. No hired hands — only family/partners share the workload. Today there are six family member/partners: Jack Jenner is 89 and still working; brothers Doug and John are the next generation; Frank, Nick, and Matt (the fifth generation of Jenners) are the newest partners joining the family corporation. An extension of Jenner Cattle Company is Jenner Family Beef, a woman owned enterprise, created by the ladies of Jenner Cattle Company. In addition to being hard-workers, the Jenners are exceptional stewards of the land. Waterfowl and wildlife share open space with their herd of cows and calves and they do not take their responsibility to their animals and to the land for granted.
We will have four courses prepared by Jose Alberto and Mauricio Martinez and feature different cuts of beef and goat. Representatives from the Jenner Ranch and Marshall Ranch (supplying goat) will be there to discuss the area, their history and everyone’s questions on the meats. Ticket price includes food, wine, tax and tip.
Jenner Family Beef is not found in your grocery store because it requires extra handling and time to produce a product of this standard. As the Jenner Ladies explain “We know that the quality of feed impacts the quality of beef; our cows, Angus-cross bred, never leave the ranch where they are born but are raised on pasture grass and hay — much of it native grass — in the spring, summer and fall. In winter, when temperatures drop into the teens or lower, we feed our own grass and alfalfa hay. We are with our cows daily and though our herd numbers 1000 cows, we know them and they know us. www.jennerfamilybeef.com