Nicolas and his team at Nicolas’ Garden, and so many volunteers and families from Northern California came together this weekend in the Farm to Fork Capital of America - Sacramento – for the first annual Family Food Feud!

The goal was to display families working together to create healthy and tasty dishes, using farm-to-fork/locally grown products. This event drew hundreds at the inaugural Farm to Fork Festival early in the day as the first event – with attendance overall for the festival in the tens of thousands! Nicolas’ Garden’s objective was to engage the audience and community in the idea that cooking as a family is good – and it is also good fun! No one has to be a gourmet – just creative and healthy!

Everyone was a winner on Saturday where each family that participated received Goodie Bags, Gift Certificates to the mentor chef’s restaurant, t-shirts and more!

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It Takes a Village

Each team had a highly-respected Mentor Chef as well; and while they didn’t cook or prepare for the family, they did guide and coach the families as they prepared an award-winning new dish! Celebrity Mentors were Ian MacBride, Kurt Spataro, and Jason Veregge from Lucca, Hock Farm Craft Provisions, and Ten22.

Pre-feud, Nicolas and his co-host of the feud, Chef Adam Pechal of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant THIRTEEN, appeared on Good Day Sacramento on Friday and then again on Sunday morning with the winning family – the Wade family – with their mentor Chef Kurt Spataro!

The Wade family recently went through a 20-week Fit Weight program at Kaiser (Fit Kids and Families) to help with keeping their kids’ weight in check and have made major lifestyle changes.


Additionally, each family had teen leaders from the “Change Game” to support the children collecting food, aid in the preparation, and promote the event using social media! It was a total community enterprise that demonstrated just what kids can do if they put their mind to it!  

Later in the day, the “Change Game” teens who are supported by curriculum from Teen Battle Chef, a nationwide youth development program, put on a Teen Battle Chef at this weekend’s Farm-to-Fork Festival, with top farm-to-fork mentor chefs Oliver Ridgeway of Grange and Adam Pechal of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant Thir13en.

Celebrity Judges included the iconic “Queen” of fitness Elaine LaLanne, Jack LaLanne’s long-time on-air partner and wife and Clear Channel’s own (and favorite fan of Nicolas) Kitty O’Neal, as well as Lynn Fredericks (Author & leader of “Teen Battle Chefs”), Ed Corvelo (SaveMart Super Markets Produce & Floral Department Director), and Mark Powell (Institute of Technology Culinary Arts’ CEC Instructor).Nicolas thanks every single person who came out, supported, led, and helped make sure this first Family Food Feud was a success! In the end, with food donations from Produce Express (local farms), Passmore Ranch, Lucky Dog, Stone Valley Farms, and SaveMart (pantry, basic items), and everyone pulling together – Survey says, “Awesome!”

See you next year!

If you have any questions about this or any other event with Nicolas’ Garden, please contact Nicolas’ Chief Momentum Officer or (916) 206-2553.

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