Audubon Canyon Ranch, a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, will host its 2014 Art of Eating event from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Bouverie Preserve, 13935 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.  

The event, a “Vintage Country Picnic” 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.

The event will honor environmental pioneer Martin Griffin, founder of Audubon Canyon Ranch, and winery pioneer Carolyn Wente, CEO and fourth generation winegrower.

There will also be 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 and live auction featuring rare, private access to ACR’s preserves; and a nature education display with ACR docents.

Julie Atwood will serve as event planner.

ACR’s Art of Eating is inspired by the life of M.F.K. Fisher, whose book, “The Art of Eating,” changed the way people in America think about eating and drinking. Fisher, 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 third-, fourth- and fifth-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 a person. Multiple sponsorship levels also available, For more information, visit

The 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen 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. 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 additional information, visit or call 938-4554.