Cuisine in the Country

Amazing food in the country-part two!  Cooperative Extension and the chefs of Mario Batali’s Las Vegas restaurants, B&B Ristorante, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse and Otto Pizzeria, are partnering with the Lincoln County, NV Producer’s Cooperative for the second year to bring you “Cuisine in the Country.”  Festivities begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 20, and will again be held at Buckhorn Ranch in Alamo, Nevada, 90 miles north of Las Vegas.  Come to a working ranch where you can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while exploring the many facets of Buckhorn Ranch. Details!

Chef Chris Johns

Chef Chris Johns

Two of Las Vegas’ renowned chefs will represent Las Vegas, joining over 270 Chefs from over 30countries, at the biggest fundraising event ever undertaken within the global chef’s fraternity! Christopher Johns, executive chef for the South Point Casino, and Michael Ty, C.E.C., A.A.C. national president of The America Culinary Federation, both volunteer with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Chefs for Kids (CFK) program which is committed to eliminating malnutrition and hunger in children through education and awareness.

The World Chefs Tour Against Hunger ( will start in Johannesburg on August 21, then teams of Chefs will go to different parts of South Africa working to raise money for education and to fight hunger.  Fundraising gala dinners will be held in Durban on August 25 at the

Chef Michael Ty

Chef Michael Ty

Southern Sun Elangeni; on August 27, in Cape Town at the Southern Sun Cape Sun, along with other cities; and finally in Johannesburg on August 30 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The Chefs will also be doing cooking demonstrations and hosting parties for children.

“With the CFK program, children learn skills for living a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and physical activity,” said Chef Johns. “Chef Ty and I are honored to participate in this world tour and share these nutrition skills to the world in hopes to lessen the incidence of chronic disease and obesity.”

Nevada Naturalist LogoNevada Naturalist, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, is looking for interested adults to participate. The Nevada Naturalist program educates and trains adults interested in learning about the natural resources in southern Nevada. Participants study natural resources, environmental education and interpretation, laws and regulations, and environmental issues.

The focus of the program is to give a broad understanding of nature to participants interested in learning, volunteering, teaching, and participating in conservation projects and issues. The program will also give participants the skills and confidence necessary to make a difference for environmental stewardship and conservation in Southern Nevada. Details!

Photos of NV Naturalist class participants

More than 100 teens from throughout Nevada will be on the University of Nevada campus next week for a five-day program that introduces them to college life and lets them explore possible majors.

Cooperative Extension’s “Discover Your Future” program lets students ages 14 to 19 stay in the dorms and learn about different fields of study. The event is put on by Cooperative Extension’s State 4-H Office and is in its fifth year. Check here for details.