A Bite of Summer

Assorted tomatoes

Event Date

392 Old Davis Road, Davis, CA 95616

8/3/2022 - Event is sold out! Email rmievents@ucdavis.edu to join the waitlist.

Summers in the Sacramento Valley bring an abundance of juicy peaches, sun-warmed tomatoes, and ripe berries. With local farmers, UC Davis Dining Services brings you fabulous treats made from the freshest produce. Every day they serve students with their healthy initiatives and innovative menus. Taste and compare what Russell Ranch can offer with thoughtfully prepared bites by Chef Kue Her.


  • $35, general
  • $30, UC Davis faculty and staff
  • $20, student
Event is sold out. Email rmievents@ucdavis.edu to join the waitlist.


Israel Herrera

Israel Herrera is the Agricultural Manager who oversees Russell Ranch at UC Davis along with the farm crews and lands for the Department of Plant Sciences. Israel started farming as a teenager, working on drip irrigation and tomatoes at Button and Turkovich Ranch. He has since spent more than 25 years at UC Davis. Russell Ranch spans 300 acres dedicated to innovation and research in sustainable agriculture.

Kue Her

Kue Her is the Senior Executive Chef for Student Housing and Dining Services at UC Davis. Kue honed his culinary skills at the Culinary Institute of America and 15 years in hospitality before transitioning to university dining with UC San Diego in 2011. He came to UC Davis in 2016 to focus on creating plant-forward, nutritious, and healthy dishes by incorporating farm-fresh produce.

Kraig Brady

Kraig Brady is the Executive Director of Dining Services at UC Davis. He is a 4th generation Davis native with strong ties to UC Davis, beginning with his great grandfather, Professor Stan Winters. Kraig was Director of Operations with Woodland-based Nugget Markets for 26 years, developing their fresh kitchen concept. During his nine years with Dining Services, he has partnered with local farms to bring fresh food to students.


This event is part of the Sips and Bites series, which explores the stories behind foods and drinks with winemakers, brewers, and culinary innovators with tastings and conversations about what inspires them to make their wines, beers, and foods. 

Venue & Parking:

This event will be in-person in the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater at the Robert Mondavi Institute, Sensory Building. Parking is available at the Gateway Parking Structure. Parking payment is enforced on weekdays. There are three options for parking payment:

  1. UC Davis uses ParkMobile – please be sure to download the app ahead of time. When you park, you will enter the Zone number (listed on the nearby sign) into the app and follow the instructions to pay for parking. This is the preferred and easiest method.

  2. If you do not have a smartphone to download the app, you can also sign up for an account online and follow the steps on the website: https://parkmobile.io

  3. Alternatively, there are permit machines in the Gateway Parking Structure that accept credit cards. You will need to enter your license plate number into the machine to purchase a permit. We recommend this option as a last choice.


If you have questions about this event, please email: rmievents@ucdavis.edu.