Harvest of Progress - Statue Dedication
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Downtown Holiday Events 2013
Downtown Holiday Open House
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Michael Tuohy at the Downtown Farmers' Market
(October 5, 2013) - The Downtown Tracy Farmers' Market welcomed Michael Tuohy in the final installment of this season's Celebrity Cooking Demonstrations, sponsored by Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.
Michael Tuohy is the Founding Chef of Grange Restaurant in The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento California. Also, the founding chef of Woodfire Grill, Atlanta’s leading restaurant for local, seasonal, and organic cuisine. A veteran of the restaurant industry, his career began at the age of 15 as a dishwasher at a neighborhood steakhouse in his hometown of San Francisco. Tuohy graduated from Hotel & Restaurant School at City College of San Francisco 1982. In 1985, he joined acclaimed Bay Area chef and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein of the highly acclaimed Square One Restaurant to launch its sister restaurant, Caffe Quadro, an Italian-inspired caffe/enoteca.
Armed with a passion for fresh, seasonal cooking, Tuohy went to Atlanta to launch Chefs’ Café in 1986. Chefs’ Café became known for its eclectic, inventive menu and was frequently tagged as “groundbreaking” by the local food media. At that time, Chefs’ Cafe was the only local restaurant that changed its menu frequently and cooked using local and seasonal ingredients. Tuohy brought a Northern California ethos and aesthetic to Atlanta dining that has become commonplace today. Tuohy was instrumental in helping to start the Georgia Grown Co-op of local farmers. For the next 15 years, the Co-op would deliver the goods from a dozen local Certified Organic Farms to restaurants and markets around the city. In 1996, after a 10-year run with Chefs’ Café, Tuohy sold the restaurant.
In 2000, Tuohy realized that he missed working with great ingredients on a daily basis to create food that he truly believed in. The prospect of cooking exciting foods that were rooted in tradition and serving appreciative customers lured him to take the leap once again to launch his own restaurant, Woodfire Grill. Woodfire would be a restaurant that would incorporate all of Tuohy’s experiences and passion for great food. Woodfire, as the name implies, would utilize the time tested methods and techniques of cooking over wood and open flame. Woodfire would emphasize the freshest and best locally sourced ingredients and artisan products from around the world and would showcase them in a menu that changed daily as well as seasonally.
In August 2008, after 6 successful years, Tuohy sold the Woodfire Grill. He has moved back to his native northern California to launch a new seasonally influenced restaurant featuring the best of local ingredients and artisanal products. The restaurant is called Grange and is be located at The Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento. Grange & Tuohy garnered a 4 star opening review in the Sacramento Bee newspaper and continues to receive accolades from other media.
In 2010, Tuohy was elected to the Board of Directors of the California Olive Oil Council. Tuohy is continuing to develop his brand for Northern California Cuisine using the freshest and best local ingredients prepared in interesting and flavorful ways.
In 2011, Tuohy moved to the Napa Valley landing in the Los Carneros AVA, with his wife Patti where the two of them enjoyed exploring the Napa and Sonoma wine country.
In Spring of 2013, the pair made the conscious decision to move back to Sacramento. The Tuohy's felt the strong pull from the vibrant local food community there, especially since the Farm to Fork movement has gained traction and the food community has come together. Tuohy is working on numerous food related projects in and around the Sacramento area as he is developing plans to launch an Urban Farm Kitchen.
Carlos Dutra featured in San Joaquin Magazine
San Joaquin Certified Farmers' Market
Article by Michele Bird
Carlos Dutra knows quite well what it is like to be in all roles at a farmers' market. From vending to management, Dutra has more than 20 years of experience in the farmers' market industry. Dutra utilizes his skills as a cherry farmer to help promote and create a successful season for local farmers' markets each year. Originally from Brazil, Dutra moved to Stockton in 1984. "I live in the countryside and I really like Stockton," said Dutra. "It's a pretty good area because it is quiet and has a good climate." Currently, Dutra is manager of the San Joaquin County Farmers' Market Association. Some of his duties include organizing the various farmers' markets, helping set up, and recruiting vendors. With farmers' market locations in Stockton, Lathrop, and Tracy, Dutra can typically be spotted at the various stops not only as a manger, but as a vendor himself. Dutra is required to balance his time because he also runs his own nursery and cherry farm in Stockton. When approaching management, Dutra noted that he has a better understanding of what it is like to be on the vendor side by taking tips from his own experience. He enjoys working with customers and hopes they can tell the difference of what it is like shopping at a farmers' market versus at a major store. "You can get anything fresh at the farmers' market and you're helping the local economy," said Dutra. "There is also a great atmosphere and quality of service." Dutra mentioned that he often shops at farmers' markets for fruits and vegetables during the season from May to October. For anyone in search of delicious and fresh food, San Joaquin County's farmers' markets should be your next destination. From scrumptious fruit to homemade goods, the farmers' market carries something for everyone. "I spend so much time at the farmers' market that it's like a big family to me," said Dutra. "I miss the customers and vendors when the season is over."
Tracy City Center Video
Forbes Magazine Article on Tracy's Growth
Forbes Magazine Article - Silicon Valley's Influence on Tracy's Growth & Redevelopment
June 5, 2013- Michael S. Malone wrote a great article for Forbes Magazine regarding Silicon Valley’s increasing influence on Tracy’s growth and redevelopment efforts. The article focuses on geographic obstacles, the high cost of Bay Area real estate, commute patterns, quality of life issues, and how the City of Tracy is positioning itself to be the next logical extension of the “Silicon Valley Community”
Of particular note and importance to TCCA stakeholders, is Downtown Tracy's role as an amenity and piece of the overall strategy that potential employers and residents seek when looking to locate in a new community.
Download the article here: “Silicon Valley's Newest Address? Look East”
Downtown Tracy Welcomes You
When planning a visit to Tracy, you’ll want to come early and stay late!
Once you arrive…relax and enjoy our warm temperatures and even warmer hospitality in our beautiful historic downtown.
Tracy is known for its many hometown events including the annual Farmers’ Market on Saturdays on 10th Street, Block Parties in the newly renovated downtown 6th Street Plaza, Girls Night Out and the Fourth of July Day-In-the-Park which is a taste of true small town Americana with hot air balloons, arts and crafts, and a spectacular fireworks display. Later in July, the Tracy City Center Association and the City of Tracy will be co-sponsoring, for the first time ever in downtown Tracy, the “Then & Now” Car Show in late July; a fun filled day for the entire family.
The annual Tracy Chamber of Commerce California Dry Bean Festival held in early September along with the Tracy City Center Association’s signature Fall Wine Stroll help to bring in the Fall season. And you won’t want to miss the Holidays in Downtown Tracy to kick off a fun filled holiday season.
These events and more feature food, fun, great shopping and live entertainment for the entire family in a warm and welcoming setting …. For more information, click on the “Event” tab at the top of our home page!
TRACY RECEIVES 2012 SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY BLUEPRINT AWARD
CITY RECEIVES A 2012 SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY BLUEPRINT AWARD
Honoring Downtown Revitalization, the Downtown Plaza
October 8, 2012(Tracy, CA) – The City of Tracy is honored with a 2012 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Award in recognition of Downtown Revitalization. The City will receive the award at the Regional Policy Conference luncheon on October 12, 2012 at Tachi Palace in Lemoore, CA.
The San Joaquin Valley Blueprint is a joint initiative of the Councils of Governments representing each of the region's eight counties, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the Great Valley Center.
The City of Tracy’s Downtown Plaza is the signature-gathering place of downtown Tracy located at Central Avenue and Sixth Street. The Downtown Plaza features a pavilion area with amenities for performances and community events, parking for automobiles and bicycles, a 4,000 square foot lawn area, shade trees, an interactive fountain, and water efficiencies such as a rain garden and permeable pavers. Within the last five years, the city has revitalized the downtown area with the reconstruction of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, newly constructed Tracy Transit Center, and construction of the downtown plaza. All of which created a connective public space that has ignited public interest in downtown as the distinctive center of the City.
The city’s investment of the plaza demonstrated the city’s commitment to downtown revitalization efforts. This investment has helped position the downtown for private investment and development of the Bowtie Area.
City Manager, Leon Churchill states, “Tracy was very fortunate to take advantage of the opportunity to create a great downtown space. The project is also the product of innovation and tenacity shown by City staff and contractors, and we are much better for it. “
Download the official press release from the Fresno Council of Governments, announcing the City of Tracy as a 2012 award recipient: Blueprint Award