The raceway and Levy Restaurants hosted a ceremonial ground breaking for the new Sonoma Raceway Garden on Tuesday. Located on a hillside just above the main paddock, the Raceway Garden will play a key role in the culinary profile of the raceway, while providing locally-grown produce for day-to-day catering and corporate events for Levy Restaurants, the on-site caterer.
“This was a fun opportunity for us to introduce two new culinary concepts at the raceway. The Sears Point Grill is meant to evoke the appeal of a rural roadside diner and I know the fresh-off-the-grill burgers and other offerings are going to be a big hit with our fans,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “And our raceway garden will soon be producing delicious fresh produce for our daily café menu and the variety of corporate events we host over the course of the year.”
The raceway has partnered with a number of local groups on this project, including the Sonoma Valley High School agriculture program and the Sonoma Valley School Garden Project led by local writer and Sonoma resident, Kathleen Hill. The high school’s agriculture program, headed by Dan Aschwanden, will provide starter plants for the garden, which will begin with three 20-foot elevated garden beds.
All of these elements will come together for NASCAR’s 25th annual visit to the Sonoma Valley, June 21-23. For more information or to purchase your tickets, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.racesonoma.com/nascar.