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Chef Nina is Coming to Town; Sactown That Is!

How cool! One of our associates did a write up on our beloved Chef Nina about her upcoming plant-based representation of AH's Vitaliz Cafe at the critically acclaimed Tower Bridge Dinner: Farm-to-Fork Festival in Sacramento, CA this Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Take a look at the article below:



Our Director and Executive Chef Nina Curtis here at Adventist Health Roseville’s Vitaliz Café has dedicated over 20 years of her culinary career to plant-based eating that never disappoints. Adventist Health associates have been enjoying her creativity and flare for flavor for three years, and now she will treat the city of Sacramento to an unforgettable dinner and evening on the iconic Tower Bridge. Chef Nina will be cooking with approximately 23 other regionally and nationally known chefs for what Visit Sacramento calls “one of the nation’s most unforgettable dining experiences,” the Tower Bridge Dinner. The dinner is part of Visit Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival, an annual celebration of the California capital’s robust agricultural roots and attributes. Each year, hundreds gather and enjoy the locally-sourced feast.


Chef Nina will be one of 12 appetizer chefs at the event, and she will also be a POD chef. A POD chef is placed at a specific station on the Tower Bridge and oversees the execution and delivery of plates with precision. Six of these stations will be set up along the bridge as the event is expecting over 800 ticketed dinner guests at sponsored tables.

Chef Nina will be preparing roasted beet root hummus in cucumber cups with vegan sour cream, seaweed caviar and microgreens for her appetizer. She will be procuring her organic and local ingredients for the dish from a farm in Placerville called 24 Carrot Farms.


“I am so excited that we can support a local boutique farm for this event,” said Chef Nina. “The Tower Bridge Dinner is something I’ve looked forward to for a long time. Getting to share our Adventist Health passion for well-being with our community in the state’s capital through wholesome food is a beautiful opportunity.”

The Tower Bridge Dinner was not hosted last year due to the pandemic, and the city of Sacramento expects a lot of publicity around the event this year. All COVID-19 precautions are being taken to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely.

Read more about the iconic event and join us in celebrating Chef Nina’s incredible work in the community this weekend!


Here's a sneak peek of Chef's hors d'oeuvres!


Roasted Beet Root Hummus in Cucumber Cups with Plant-Based Sour Cream, Seaweed Caviar, and Micro-Greens


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