Annual Fundraising Event to Feature a Vintage Country Picnic to Honor Pioneers

Dr. Martin Griffin and Carolyn Wente

March 17, 2014 –Glen Ellen, CA– Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, announced today the theme and date for its 2014 Art of Eating event at Bouverie Preserve.  The event, a “Vintage Country Picnic” will take place on Sunday, May 18 from 12:30p.m. to 4:30p.m and will feature the region’s finest food and beverage. Leslie Sbrocco, award-winning author, speaker wine consultant and host of KQED’s Check Please, will be the emcee.

Main features of the event include:

  • Honoring of environmental pioneer Martin Griffin, founder of Audubon Canyon Ranch  and winery pioneer Carolyn Wente, CEO & fourth generation winegrower
  • An exhibit on MFK Fisher titled "Wine is Life" curated by Randy Tarpey-Schwed, co-author of M.F.K. Fisher: An Annotated Bibliography, published in 2013
  • A silent & live auction featuring rare, private access to ACR’s preserves
  • Nature education display with ACR docents
  • Julie Atwood will serve as event planner

ACR’s Art of Eating event is inspired by the life of M.F.K. Fisher, whose book, The Art of Eating, changed the way we think about eating and drinking in America.  M.F.K, a close friend of David Bouverie, spent the last two decades of her life living at the Bouverie Preserve, writing about food and hosting friends such as Julia Child, Alice Waters, John Ash, Chuck Williams and James Beard.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the education programs of ACR, which annually provide more than 6,000 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students with the opportunity to experience nature-based educational experiences at no cost to the schools.

To donate an auction item, or to participate as a chef or winery, contact Trisha Fontan at or 415-868-9244.

Tickets are $150/per person. Multiple sponsorship levels also available, For more information visit

About Bouverie Preserve

The 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen’s Valley of the Moon in Sonoma County, is home to diverse native ecosystems including oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forests, riparian, chaparral and grasslands.

The preserve hosts numerous education programs that serve thousands of kids and adults annually. Programs include Guided Nature Walks, Backyard Naturalist Programs, Science Salons and its elementary school education program. These programs are inspired by David Bouverie, who donated the property to ACR in 1979. Mr. Bouverie was enthusiastic about ACR’s education programs and wanted his lands to be used to teach and inspire children.

Bouverie Preserve’s numerous conservation science and habitat restoration projects are focused on grasslands, vernal pools, wildflowers and amphibians. The preserve is open to the public on selected Saturdays in the spring and fall.  For more information visit or call 707-938-4554.

About Audubon Canyon Ranch

For more than 50 years, Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) has been dedicated to protecting nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science.

ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 3,320-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg.

ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. Look for ACR on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email [email protected] or visit