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The Hamilton Review

Nov 10, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Bob has a conversation with Chef Casey Willard about his journey as a trained chef and working with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. There, he has implemented a farm to table concept for the tribal school and community. This is a wonderful must listen episode about the power of food and family.

Chef Casey Willard grew up in a small town outside of Sacramento in Northern California where vast farming and agriculture surrounded him. He still has fond memories of going to his Grandfathers garden in Winters, CA and seeing firsthand what farm-to-table was before it was even a thing. A memory that stands out is biting into the sun warmed tomato, fresh from the vine with a little kosher salt, and knowing that this is a special way of eating. Chef Casey took his passion for culinary and all things food to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in
Hyde Park, NY, where he trained in classical French technique. After graduating from the CIA, Chef Casey went and worked in restaurants and hotels in South Florida and Atlanta. Returning home to California, his next venture took him to Raley Field in Sacramento to help initiate a Farm to Table atmosphere in a
concession stand environment. After Raleys Field, Chef Casey promoted to the youngest Executive Chef for Ovations Food Service, opening an account at Texas Tech University, where he oversaw all sports based food production. He then helped open and run a Tribal Hotel & Event Center in Pocatello, Idaho for the
Shoshone Bannock Tribe. Chef Casey returned to California to work for the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. There, he has implemented a farm to table concept for the tribal school, community and The Seka Hills Olive Mill, utilizing all the available
produce and meats that the Capay Valley has to offer. Chef Casey continues to get excited everyday knowing that he works in one of the most fertile and organic growing region in the country.

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