Guest Can Mingle with Chef Tanya Holland at 4th Annual Fundraising Event for

Children’s Nature Education

May 6, 2014 –Glen Ellen, CA– Renowned restaurateur Tanya Holland will be one of the chefs donating her time and expertise to the delectable menu at the fourth annual Art of Eating event this month at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Bouverie Preserve.

Holland is the executive chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in Oakland. Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold called Holland’s fried chicken the best in California. Holland has been featured in O Magazine, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, Sunset, The Wall Street Journal and countless other publications. Holland is a regularly featured chef on The Today Show and The Talk.

Holland may be best-known for her role as host and Soul Food expert on the Food Network show “Melting Pot.” She also has authored New Soul Cooking (ST&C 2003) and her latest cookbook, Brown Sugar Kitchen, is being released by Chronicle Books on September 9th,  and features a foreword written by celebrated fiction writer Michael Chabon.

Holland’s fried chicken will be featured along with a California Cheese Board, breads from Noe Valley Bakery, salad course from Wendy Brucker of Rivoli, and potato and green bean salad from Janet Griggs of Taste Catering.

“I attended last year as a guest, and I was so moved by the kids who spoke, I wound up auctioning off two private dinners to help the cause,” said Tanya Holland.

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.

Tickets are $150/per person. For more information or to purchase a ticket, 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