For three days next week, LA is in for a real (food) treat. Chefs Michael Reed and Nina Clemente are cooking up a storm to help local eaters “reclaim REAL food,” with a series of pop up dinners at the Standard Hollywood. Hosted by Marisa Tomei, November guest editor Shiva Rose, Peter Glatzer and Adrian Grenier, this three night extravaganza celebrates food that is grown without genetically modified organisms—GMOs—and supports one of our favorite organizations for healthy food education, The Garden School Foundation.
when: January 29th, 30th, 31st – first seating 6:30pm, last seating 9:30pm – 100+ covers a night
where: The Standard, Hollywood – 8300 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90069
hosts: Marisa Tomei (actress, prop 37 advocate), Shiva Rose (activist, blogger) Adrian Grenier & Peter Glatzer (founders SHFT)
chefs: Nina Clemente, Indigo Kid & Michael Reed, Root of All Food
What: 7-course tasting menu that will explore and celebrate the best produce the area has to offer and will feature all GMO-free food, while at the same time supporting a cause that lies at the heart of their cooking.
Non-profit cause: The Garden School Foundation: A growing organization that works with elementary schools in the Los Angeles area through garden-based learning such as classes in cooking, nutrition, and science. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the GSF.
About Nina Clemente: ”Nina first started teaching in the Seed to Table program last February, and was immediately hooked. She was impressed by everything she saw, from the huge and beautifully maintained garden classroom with hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables to the passionate and professional GSF staff. It was the excitement and jubilance of the kids, however, that made her realize beyond any doubt that there was something really special going on here. After just a few weeks working with the kids, she would call out “What’s the best candy?” and the kids would reply “Nature’s fruits and veggies!”. Through her experiences here she’s recognized how important it is to expose kids to nature and growing food, and the impact that has on many aspects of their lives. While she’s still frustrated to see vendors outside school selling candy and highly processed foods, she’s inspired to do everything she can to make sure all kids have access to this incredible program and see that cooking real food is easy, delicious and fun!”
About Garden School Foundation: The Garden School Foundation is the leading garden-based learning organization in Los Angeles focusing on how schools can best access the powerful and transformative potential gardens have for students and their families. Their ¾ acre garden classroom at an elementary school in South LA serves as the premier model for the city, with students there visiting the garden every day of the year for classes in everything from cooking and nutrition to Science and Social Studies! They are currently publishing their Seed to Table curriculum and working to expand their groundbreaking program to many thousands more children in 2013. To learn more please visit www.gardenschoolfoundation.org or email Julia Cotts, Executive Director at Julia@gardenschoolfoundation.org.