Twist on classic holiday movie, comfort food |

Twist on classic holiday movie, comfort food

Saturday the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Nevada City Film Festival present their final Food & Film Series of 2012 with the hilarious family comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and a holiday feast from California Organics. The series pairs a popular film with a unique dining experience.

For this Food & Film, California Organics will put their distinctive twist on the typical holiday feast with two sumptuous entrees including “Mama’s Meatloaf“ dinner with brown sugar glaze, garlic-rosemary potatoes and roasted veggies and the vegan and gluten-free Sunshine Loaf dinner, a sunflower seed loaf topped with cashew gravy, garlic-rosemary potatoes and roasted veggies. For dessert, there will be pumpkin and apple pie for purchase, both 100 percent organic and made from scratch.

“We are proving that when other restaurants use ‘organic or local when possible,’ you can use organic all of the time,” said Tristan McLarty, general manager of California Organics. “Even if that means coming up with the organic alternative on our own.”

Located in the 7-Hills-business district, California Organics is a market and restaurant that features 100 percent certified organic meats, wild and sustainable caught seafood, produce and dairy products. Eleven years ago, Chris Kysar purchased the natural food store ­— then called Earth Song. Deeply committed to quality, sustainable and organic food, Kysar sought to become a certified organic store, hence the change in name to match the change in philosophy. Similar to the organic certification for food processing plants, organic stores ensure the organic integrity of the products they sell.

Since 2001, California Organics has grown to 40 employees. With consumers becoming more interested and educated about where their food comes from or how it is grown or prepared, McLarty prides the staff on being made up of people who have years of dining experience that are passionate about food and knowledgeable about the ingredients in the dishes and want to share their enthusiasm for organic with the public.

“Nowadays no one has the time to cook like they want to,” said McLarty. “We want to provide our customers with as many affordable take out or dine in organic options as possible. The Family Meal Deal is wildly successful for working moms and dads or anyone who doesn’t have the time to make dinner, but wants to eat well.”

One of the popular staples of the Family Meal Deal are California Organics’ signature dishes “Mama’s Meatloaf” and the “Sunshine Loaf.”

“We are just beginning to unpeel the layers and potential of organic food and “Cal-O”, said McLarty.

Cali-O “Mama’s Meatloaf” Recipe

-All Ingredients 100 percent Certified Organic-

8 lbs Ground Chuck

8 cups Bread Crumbs

6 each Large Eggs

2 cups Ketchup

1/2 cup Filtered Water

2/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce

2 tbs Ground Mustard Powder

2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

2 tsp Salt


2 cups Ketchup

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 tsp Ground Mustard Powder


Mix Together first nine ingredients and scoop out to appropriate loaf pans. Mix together glaze and generously top all scooped out loaves.

Bake at 350 degrees until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. Enjoy!

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