Taste of the Coast

Celebrate Local Ranching and Farming
with a Casual Farm-to-Table Dinner

Live Music, Local Brews and a Talk with
Doniga Markegard, Author, Rancher and Wildlife Tracker
& Nancy Vail, Co-Founder of Pie Ranch


The menu will include handmade burgers, coconut curry with wheat berries and rice, roasted Brussel Spouts and turmeric fingerling potatoes, with fresh-baked pies from Pie Ranch
for dessert.

Dinner Ticket Sales End on Sunday, January 20th

Doniga Markegard will be speaking on her life of ranching with her family, as well as her new book Dawn Again which details her life’s journey to become a skilled wildlife tracker.

Join POST and Forager Tasting Room for an evening of delicious local food, music and learnings about the importance of ranching and farming to our local heritage and economy. This event will highlight POST’s Farmland Futures Program, which works to permanently protect thousands of acres of farmland on the San Mateo Coast.

The event will be at the Forager Tasting Room and will feature a short talk and book signing by Doniga Markegard, noted rancher and author of the new book Dawn Again. Along with her husband and four children, Doniga owns and operates Markegard Family Grass-Fed, raising grass-fed beef, lamb, pastured pork and chicken supplying the Bay Area with healthy, local foods. The family leases over 10,000 acres of land in the Bay Area and works to enhance the waterways on their properties by mimicking natural systems with regenerative agriculture practices.

The program will also feature talks by Doniga and farmer Nancy Vail of Pie Ranch, an important organic farming program on the San Mateo Coast and close partner to POST. We’ll also be hosting the The John H. Clarke Trio playing original acoustic music with Latin, Spanish, and American influences. Featuring John H. Clarke on guitar, Josh Mellinger on cajon and Rob Hansen on violin. Listen here

Tickets to the dinner are $40 per person and include your meal, as well as your first beer from Alvarado Street Brewery (or a soda if you prefer). You will taste locally raised Markegard grass-fed beef, produce from Pie Ranch and Blue House Farm, and a local brew. Those who wish to enjoy the music and talk only (no dinner) may attend for free—just RSVP using our free ticket below. Additional drinks will be available for purchase at the no-host bar. The event is co-hosted by our friends at Slow Food South Bay

This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public and POST donors alike. We hope you will join us! This dinner is not a fundraiser—ticket prices support the cost of this event. POST also curates a variety of fun, donor-only events. Find out more about how you can become a POST donor at: openspacetrust.org/support.

About the Hosts & Featured Farms

Peninsula Open Space Trust protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since 1977, POST has protected over 76,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.

Forager Tasting Room and Eatery is a proving ground for the food and arts community on South First Street in Downtown San Jose. They aim to be a stepping stone for the passionate to find a place here for their ideas to be refined and successful. Forager hosts a variety of community events and is also a venue for private gatherings in the heart of San Jose.

Markegard Family Grass-Fed  provides the community with  locally born, raised and processed certified grass-fed beef and lamb, chicken and pasture raised pork.  Customers can order beef, lamb and pork online through our shop to be delivered around the Bay Area, at Farmers Markets. Make sure to check out our CSA to join the other committed members who benefit with regular access to limited products, sales and special events! We look forward to serving you and your family with the freshest, healthiest local meats in the Bay Area

Pie Ranch cultivates a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships. Their farm is located near Año Nuevo State Park on the San Mateo Coast and is known for their farmstand, monthly workdays and barn dance, and tasty pies.

Blue House Farm grows an incredible diversity of certified organic vegetables, fruits, and cut flowers year-round, on 60 acres nestled at the end of a small agricultural valley in Pescadero, California. Now in their thirteenth growing year, they supply our farmers’ markets, CSA, Farmstand,  and wholesale accounts with the highest-quality produce available.


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Directions to Forager

Forager Tasting Room is located at 420 S. First Street in the heart of Downtown San Jose. There is plenty of street parking nearby as well as a variety of City of San Jose Parking Garages within walking distance.

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