Today provided a great opportunity realized to tell the California Rice story to key audiences. Our Circle of Life Reception at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento drew nearly 150 people, and culminated with Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle capturing the coveted Capitol Roller Award as the State Capitol’s best sushi roller.
Dahle beat out fellow Assembly Members Jim Cooper, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Devon Mathis in spirited competition. Chef Billy Ngo of Kru Restaurant provided expert guidance as the lawmakers made California Rolls.
Other highlights of the reception included Circle of Life Winners Kurt Richter of Rice Radio and Matthew Sligar of Rice Farming TV, honored for their creativity and dedication in telling the California Rice story through social media. Additionally, artist Franceska Gaméz was on hand with this year’s California Rice painting, Shared Abundance, which will be subject of a mural in Downtown Sacramento. Work is expected to begin on the mural next week.
Media coverage was excellent, including the Associated Press, KCRA 3 Reports, KFBK NewsTalk 1530, Capitol Morning Report and Capitol Television News Service.
Our Circle of Life Reception is one of the keys to our continual work to ensure target audiences such as Legislators, regulators and media understand the tremendous benefits California Rice provides to our state.