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Next Grow Riverside Community Event Looking For Growers

January 30, 2016 was a night of inspired minds and happy taste buds.  GrowRIVERSIDE partnered with Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) to present an eventful farm-to-fork event called Dinner in the KITCHEN, featuring mocktails, entertainment and idea generation.Located at RUSD’s Central Kitchen, the event featured food from their farm-to-fork school program, which supplies fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, meats and beans from local farms and connects them directly with students in their daily lunches.

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Riverside North Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project

The Riverside North Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project will capture and recharge high-quality storm water to the Rialto-Colton and Riverside groundwater basins for subsequent extraction and municipal use, allow partnering agencies to further utilize local water resources and become less dependent on imported water, increase water supply reliability, and improve groundwater quality. Read more . . .

Grow Riverside Community Gathering

Hello All!

I wanted to remind you that the second “GrowRIVERSIDE Community Gathering” is coming up next Thursday, May 7 at Dale’s Senior Center in White Park from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

Sponsor Woodfire Cafe (a local Riverside food business), which serves up the best Neapolitan-style pizza in the Inland Empire, will be providing pizza for attendees to sample and discussing their desire to source more local ingredients from surrounding farmers.

The event will feature a panel discussion with local Riverside food business owners and presentations by Angela Janus, Founder of ShareKitchen, on how the company’s incubator program works to help value-added local food businesses grow and thrive in Riverside, and Nick Melquiades of the Riverside Food Co-op, who will discuss how the group works with the community and provides new market access for local farmers.


There will also be an open forum discussion in which attending community members will have the floor to discuss any local food initiatives that they are working on and how others in the community can get involved.
  • Angela Janus – Angela  is the Executive Director and Founder of ShareKitchen, a Non-Profit Kitchen Incubator program located in the Coachella Valley cities of Cathedral City and Coachella. ShareKitchen provides business development and support services to culinary entrepreneurs including access to a fully licensed and insured shared commercial kitchen.
  • Jesse Casillas – Jesse is the owner and founder of Woodfire Cafe, which offers the finest quality Neapolitan style pizzas in the Inland Empire.
  • Laurie Goalen-Anderson – Laurie is the Founder of Etta Mae Gourmet, a home-based business (officially known as a “cottage food operation”) located in Downtown Riverside, California. She specializes in making homemade jams & preserves using seasonal, locally grown fruits. Laurie has produced several “award-winning” jams and preserves several of which placed at the 2014 California State Fair, including a 1st place for Tropical Citrus Jam.
  • Nick Melquiades – Nick is a member of the Riverside Food Co-op’s CORE (Community of Outstanding and Resourceful Entrepreneurs) Team. Formed in 2012, the Riverside Food Co-op (RFC) has eventual plans to open a store. The RFC has been incorporated for the past year, and although it does not yet operate a store, it currently offers Crop Boxes to members.
  • Curtis Cruz – Curtis is founder of My Goodness, a local cottage food organization in the City of Riverside dedicated to producing high quality artisan breads.
So, register here and bring your business cards and appetite:


Homegrown Riverside Recipe Contest

As part of Grow Riverside we are launching the “Home-Grown Riverside” recipe contest with this as the inaugural year.  The contest intends to highlight the abundance of local food in the Riverside area and inspire new recipes and ways of cooking throughout our greater Riverside community.  Puff Pastry Veggies

Home-Grown Riverside aims to connect with chefs, food entrepreneurs, cottage food providers and home cooks.

Contest winners will be announced at the Grow Riverside Conference.  The 1st place winner will have their recipe featured for distribution at Community Day.  Applications will be received from now until the end of May!  Please click here for contest details.

Please spread the word and share this contest on your list serves, garden councils, FB pages, linked-in pages and any other social media!

And, if you have not yet registered for the Grow Riverside Conference please register right away!  Go to the Grow Riverside website (http://growriverside.com) or the eventbrite page: http://growriverside.eventbrite.com

Thank you for your help!

Events and Happenings

New City Manager Completes Team

John Russo and Alex Nguyen

City Manager John Russo Completes Executive Team With Hiring of Alex Nguyen

Nguyen joins Al Zelinka and Deanna Lorson as Assistant City Managers in Riverside RIVERSIDE, Calif. –


Nguyen’s hiring completes the team of three Assistant City Managers who will work closely with Russo and supervise the operations of all City departments. Responsibilities have been divided up thusly:

Nguyen – Police, Fire, Library, Museum, and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services departments.

Lorson – Administration, Communications, Finance, General Services, Human Resources, Innovation and Technology

Zelinka – Community and Economic Development, Riverside Public Utilities, Internal Audits, Public Works

Read the full press release.

If you have questions, Contact: Phil Pitchford Intergovernmental and Communications Officer 951-826-5975 ppitchford@riversideca.gov

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Wine and music the perfect combination to celebrate and support the work of two local treasures: The Riverside Neighborhood Partnership – Neighbors Working Together To Make Where They Live Awesome Places, and the Riverside Concert Band.

Tickets are limited
Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Community Meeting Redevelopment Corridor University Ave.

This meeting is back on schedule and ready for your careful input.

University Ave Design CharetteThursdays May 14th and June 4th at Stratton Community Center at Bordwell Park 6:30 p.m. For more Info contact: Kaitlyn Nguyen 951-826-2430  or kpnguyen@riversideca.gov



Randall Lewis Seminar Series:

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required: http://research.ucr.edu/event/about.aspx?ec=CSSD05131

Note that the place of the seminar has moved. We will be meeting at the University Extension Center-Room E 1200 University Avenue, Riverside.

Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.

Neighbor Fest

If you didn’t make Neighborfest 1 when at Bobby Bonds last October, here’s your next closest chance to experience what hundreds of neighbors have been a buzz about.

Check out Neighborfest.


Grow Riverside

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Grow RiversideSave the Date. Grow Riverside and our sustainable, local agricultural future is open for discussion. Join us for this community conversation about a possible future for Riverside.

Second GrowRIVERSIDE “Dinner in the Grove” set for Saturday, May 16; to Deliver Farm-to-School Twist