Cooks, caterers turn out for Blue Goose Food Extravaganza in Loomis

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Staff report
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LOOMIS, CA - Come to the Blue Goose Food Extravaganza and experience what 70-plus chefs, caterers and community cooks will be serving at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at the Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Road, in Loomis.

There will be restaurants in attendance with chef-prepared dishes, caterers offering their specialties and many community cooks representing their organizations or businesses.

Crowds of people donate their time, food and skill to this South Placer Heritage Foundation fundraiser. The event has been going on for 13 years.

Tickets for open seating are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased in Loomis at Main Drug, Blue Goose Produce, the Loomis Chamber of Commerce, at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce or at the door. A reserved indoor table for eight is $500 with wine and souvenir wine glasses. A silent auction and raffle round out the evening. All proceeds benefit the ongoing renovation of the historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed. 

The renovation began 10 years ago and local volunteers and community members have transformed a dilapidated eyesore to a restored historic icon. Each year, more and more improvements have been made until today the shed is a major event venue in South Placer County.

The South Placer Heritage Foundation took on this major project with the thought of giving back to the community.  Plans were developed that would bring life back to the building that for decades provided the means of sharing Loomis Basin-grown fruit to California and beyond.

A dedicated group of volunteers made a major impact in the summer of 2004 when workers with all kinds of skills and lots of heart transformed 10,000 square feet of the shed into an event center.  Since then, the enhancements have continued with the addition of a professional sound system and theater lighting.

Since 2002, more than $1.4 million has been invested in the building’s ongoing renovation.

The Blue Goose is again a vital part of the community and economy, housing three businesses — including the Loomis News.

While it looks finished, the building is not quite there yet.

The upstairs area of the event center awaits renovation. 

~ Staff Report, originally published in Folsom Lake Entertainer magazine