Summer Lane of the California Rice Commission is about to try the rice torta appetizer along with a cold glass of beer at a recent rice-industry event held at Farmers Brewing Co. near Princeton, California. The shindig was a harvest party hosted by the Rice Foundation Leadership Alumni of California and included a reception for the 2020 USA Rice Leadership Class. The evening event featured various rice dishes including sushi and cooked rice grown by California farmers. The rice torta was made by Winters High School culinary students under the direction of instructor Chris Novello. Farmers Brewing Co. utilizes grain produced in close proximity to the brewery, including rice grown on its own farm, to produce a large selection of beer. The lagers, ales and other beer were paired perfectly with all the rice-based food.
Retired rice geneticists Carl Johnson, left, and Neil Rutger enjoyed socializing during lunchtime at the 2022 California Rice Field Day, recently held at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs. Hundreds of people attended the 110th annual event that included research-field tours and concluded with the ever-popular luncheon. In photo at right, Colusa County rice grower Christine Wylie stands by the buffet that featured sushi prepared by Rawbar Restaurant of Chico. The menu also included cooked rice varieties developed at the station and served by Jenkins Family Catering of Richvale.