Christopher Ranch’s California Garlic Blog

It’s no mystery that fresh garlic is one of the most popular, versatile ingredients ever. What remains relatively unknown, however, are the distinct flavor, quality and health differences associated with varying garlic varieties. Christopher Ranch, a family farm in Gilroy, Calif., grows a California heirloom garlic that is a leader in each category. All Garlic Is Not Created Equal. We’ll show you why.

Research Chefs Association Members Celebrate California Heirloom Garlic At Christopher Ranch

2009 07 23_00522009 07 23_00672009 07 23_00542009 07 23_00532009 07 23_0051To kick off this weekend’s garlic-filled festivities at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, Christopher Ranch, co founder, played host to Research Chefs Association members at the home of the Ranch Thursday evening in Gilroy, Calif.

The RCA, which is the leading professional community for food research and development, got an inside look at the Ranch’s operations and the garlic world, including a lesson in garlic braiding, a tour of the ranch and a taste of several garlic-infused dishes, including scampi, pepper steak sandwiches, calamari, pesto pasta and – the famous – garlic ice cream!

A good time was had by all, including such chefs and culinary experts as Chef Robert Danhi – author of “Southeast Asian Flavors – Adventures in cooking the foods of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore,” culinary consultant, former culinary professor and more; Rachel Zemser – food microbiologist, caterer, chef, culinary scientist and sauce developer; Don Christopher, founder of Christopher Ranch, and wife, Karen Christopher and many others.

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