Farm Tour & Talk: Bill & Nicolette Hahn Niman @ BN Ranch, 6/11

Farm Tour & Talk: Bill & Nicolette Hahn Niman @ BN Ranch, 6/11

NOTE: our tour time has changed from 11am-4pm ….to 11am-1pm. Due to the shorter tour time, we have reduced the fee for this event, see new fees listed below.

THERE ARE STILL 3 SPOTS AVAILABLE (as of Friday morning).

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This is a rare opportunity for an intimate slow stroll through the Marin open spaces and fields with ranchers Bill Niman and his wife, author and sustainable food advocate Nicolette Hahn Niman.  Signed copies of Nicolette’s book Defending Beef will be available for purchase.

JOIN US — SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016 for a slow walkabout with Bill and Nicolette on their BN Ranch in Bolinas.  Whether you are a meat-lover or not, this is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about sustainable ranching practices in an intimate setting from two of our most informed and passionate advocates. Come see what life is like on a ranch where animals are responsibly raised (several heritage breeds) in a way that also stewards the land and the native ecosystem to ensure a healthier future for us all.


At BN Ranch, a walking tour and Q&A    

11:00 – 1:00

Lunch at that the Ranch,  1pm to about 2:30pm

$15 / adult and children are free

Purchase your tickets here:

(From the South Bay, allow about 2 hrs for travel time.  Attendees will receive address and directions, and an optional caravan or carpool plan. Please stop for a bathroom break prior to arriving at the ranch to ease demands on the septic system.  Thanks!)


Bring your lunch and beverages, and any favorite ingredient you’d like to add to a collaborative salad.  We will provide the spring greens and a few surprise local specialties to create the day’s shared salad and menu. 

Bring $20 (cash or check, please) if you plan to purchase a signed copy of Defending Beef by Nicolette Hahn Niman.                   

Optional stops after lunch:

At 2:30 pm you can say goodbyes, ….or…. Ann Duwe has offered to lead the second half of our adventure to some of her favorite haunts –possibly starting at the Gospel Flat Farm Stand (we’ll stay long enough for folks to buy stuff to take home). We all can decide the stops, including:

– Hog Island Oyster Farm
– Nick s Cove
– Pt. Reyes Books
– Toby s Feed Barn
– Cowgirl Creamery at Tomales Bay Foods, Pt. Reyes
– Picco Pizzeria

For dinner: we could all end up at The Station House (reservations required), or Nick’s Cove, or even Rancho Nicasio!


About BN Ranch:

Bill was our featured dinner guest at the Country Gourmet, Sunnyvale in January. 40 of us were at 4 tables, and Bill moved from table to table, having each of the 4 dinner courses at a different table with a different group.

His presence is impactful, his words – inspirational.

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Contact Joni Sare, Chair – Slow Food South Bay

Slow Dining Adventure: dinner with Bill Niman

Slow Dining Adventure: dinner with Bill Niman

Photo: Bill Niman  /


Slow Food South Bay will be starting off the new year with a special

“Slow Dining Adventure”

at Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale.

We will dine with rancher, visionary, idealist, activist, Bill Niman of BN Ranch.

Nicknamed the “Godfather of Natural Beef,” Bill Niman began supplying meat from carefully raised animals to restaurants and retail stores in the 1970s.

Long-time supporter and friend, chef Jimmy Connors serves the high-quality BN Ranch beef and turkey at the Country Gourmet.

THE MENU, by chef Jimmy, is a fabulous 3-course meal, paired with wine, including turkey and beef from BN Ranch, and vegetables from nearby Full Circle Farm.

Winter Salad:
Full Circle Farm kale and organic chicories with braised BN Ranch turkey, dried cherries, Humboldt Fog goat cheese, blood orange, and Pedro Ximenez Vinaigrette

Burgundy pomegranate braised BN Ranch boneless beef shank, Garbanzo laced creamy polenta, King of Mushrooms’ chef’s mix, Full Circle Farm rainbow chard, Bloomsdale spinach, with watermelon radish and horseradish.

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Pixie mandarin zest, with Meyer lemon Creme Anglaise, and butterscotch.

$80, all inclusive:
~ a 3-course gourmet meal (organic veggies, free-range turkey, grass-fed beef)
~ wine
~ tax and gratuity
~ a $5 contribution to Slow Food South Bay

Prepayment is required, click here to pay now through Brown Paper Tickets to reserve your seat(s).

We will have a wonderful meal and intimate conversations with:
– Bill Niman
– Chef Jimmy Connors of Country Gourmet
– Julia Blom, owner of Country Gourmet

Slow Food leaders will be at the table to share with you what we are up to, what we know and see in our regional food shed.

Country Gourmet American Bistro
1314 South Mary Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA
(same parking lot as Walgreens at Mary Ave and Fremont Ave)

NOTE: Regular seating is still available in the restaurant during this event.

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About Bill Niman and BN Ranch:
Founder Bill Niman has been called “the country’s most provocative and persistent champion of sustainably and humanely raised livestock,” by the Southern Foodways Alliance, which named Bill as its Scholar in Residence for 2009. Every member of the BN Ranch team shares his vision for a healthy, humane, environmentally regenerative, high-quality food system.

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Questions? Do you have ideas for future Slow Dining Adventures or a Slow Sip event?
Please contact Joni Sare at:

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