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A Visit to Chico

I grew up on a farm in a small town in Northern Italy so farming, olive trees and farmland are nothing new to me. My mother grew vegetables and I, from my earliest years was near as she tended her garden. My risi e bisi is a tribute to those times spent in her garden. To this day, farming matters to me very much. I do my best as a chef to support the local growers, shop farmer’s markets for the restaurant table as well as my personal home use. Fresh is best and nothing is fresher than product sourced from our local farms. Because of my love and deep respect for farmers, I was most excited to be invited on a tour of California farms by the California Farm Water Coalition. My friend Gina had been invited and she, knowing my love of fresh produce, asked if I could come along. CFWC was most gracious in inviting me and it was most enlightening....