For Immediate Release
Mayor Villaraigosa, Top Chefs and Farmers make Good Food For All A Priority for Los Angeles
Join Roots of Change in honoring The L.A. Food Policy Task Force and everyone working to better the city’s food environment
LOS ANGELES, California—Roots of Change (www.rootsofchange.org) is hosting a reception, Good Food for All: A Taste of the Los Angeles Foodshed, on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 to showcase the diversity and great tasting food that is grown within the L.A. Foodshed. The event will bring together pioneering farmers, top chefs, tireless food justice advocates and community members from around the region. The Good Food for All reception will be held between 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Vibiana in Downtown L.A., and will open the Roots of Change Network Summit: Policy in Service of Innovation.
Participating Chefs include:
• Elizabeth Belkind, Cake Monkey
• Jeremy Berlin, Church & State
• Josiah Citrin, Melisse
• Brendan Collins, Waterloo & City
• Sally Cook, Heirloom Bakery
• Celestino Drago, Drago Centro
• Erin Eastland, Cube LA
• The Farmer’s Kitchen, SEE-LA and
The Hollywood Farmers’ Market
• Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken,
Cuidad, Border Grill, Street
• Gloria Felix, Reservoir
• Neal Fraser, Grace, BLD
• Ray Garcia, Fig
• Suzanne Goin, AOC, Lucques, Tavern
• Mark Gold, Eva
• Karen & Quinn Hatfield, Hatfield’s
• Evan Kleiman, Angeli Caffe
• Josie Le Balch, Josie
• David Lefevre, Water Grill
• David Lentz, Hungry Cat
• Megan Logan, Nick & Stef’s
• Sal Marino, Il Grano
Dan Mattern, Ammo
• Jaime Martin del Campo, La Casita Mexicana
• Joan McNamara, Joan’s on Third
• David Myers, Comme Ça, Pizza Ortica
• Nicholas Peter, The Little Door,
Little Next Door
• Akasha Richmond, Akasha
• Steve Sampson & Zach Pollack
• John Sedlar, Rivera
• Jimmy Shaw, Loteria
• Nancy Silverton, Mozza
• Diana Stavaridis, BLD
• Mariah Swan, Grace, BLD
• Sherry Yard, Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining
• Patricia Zarate, Home Girl Café
Participating Farms and Farmers include:
Beylik Farm, Coastal Farm, Cal Vegetable Specials, Coleman Farms, Deardorff Family Farms, Fairview Gardens, Flora Bella Farms, Frog Hollow Farms, Garcia Organic Farm, Gardiner Farms, Gloria's Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Green Farm, Harry's Berries, Heart Ranch, Jaime Farm, Jimenez Family Farms, King Farms, Maple Leaf Farms, McGrath Family Farms, Minty Foods, Munak Farm, Out of the Box Collective, Penryn Orchard, Peacock Farm, Pudwill Farm, Rutiz Family Farm, Sage Martin Farms, Santa Monica Farmers Market, See Canyon Farm, SEE-LA, Sonoma County Poultry, Schaner Farms, Straus Family Farm, Tamai Farms, Tenerelli Orchards, Terra Miguel Farm and Foundation, Trevino Farm, Tutti Frutti, Wegis Ranch, West Central Produce, Windrose Farm, and more to be confirmed.
Community and Non-profit Organizations Include:
Community Heath Councils, Community Services Unlimited Food and Water Watch, Homegirl Café/Homeboy Bakery, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Garden School Foundation, Hunger Action Los Angeles, Jewish Federation, LA Regional Food Bank, Proyecto Jardin, Rootdown LA, Restaurant Opportunities Center, Sustainable Economic Enterprises Los Angeles, LA, South Central Farmers, Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, VELA, UC Cooperative Extension Program-LA County, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and many more.
Details about the October 6, 2010 Good Food for All event, including an up-to-date list of chefs, farms and community groups involved, can be found at www.RootsofChange.org/GoodFoodForAll.
Tickets will be sold for $100 with 500 guests expected to attend. All funds raised will benefit Hunger Action Los Angeles and Sustainable Economic Enterprises Los Angeles’ efforts to increase the purchasing power of low-income consumers by matching their dollars in LA farmers’ markets.
President of Roots of Change, Michael Dimock, is excited to be honoring the L.A. Food Policy Task Force and Mayor Villaraigosa for their clear commitment to healthy food and agriculture in California. Michael Dimock states “No one wants the food we eat to make us sick, shorten our kids’ lives, hurt workers or damage our environment. To ensure that doesn’t happen, Los Angeles is taking a future-focused approach to the ways Southern Californians grow, harvest, transport and sell our food. We are proud of the Task Force and happy to have supported its work.”
Joined by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will unveil his plan to make Good Food a priority for L.A., are more than 40 of the city’s top chefs, who will craft amazing dishes featuring the best local and seasonal ingredients provided by the region’s most sustainable farmers.
“Whether at the local farmers’ market, school bake sale, church potluck, neighborhood taco truck, L.A.’s top restaurants, or family dinner table, food is at the foundation of the communities that make Los Angeles great.” said Evan Kleiman, Host of KCRW’s Good Food. “All Angelenos deserve access to abundant safe, healthy, fresh, affordable food.”
ABOUT THE LA FOOD POLICY TASK FORCE:
The LA Food Policy Task Force convened last fall with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s support to prepare a report with recommendations on increasing access to healthy, affordable, fair and sustainably produced foods, and strengthening our connection to the regional food economy: The Good Food for All Agenda. Read the full report here: http://goodfoodla.org.
ABOUT ROOTS OF CHANGE:
oots of Change brings a diverse range of Californians to the table to build a common interest in food and farming for today and tomorrow. We believe that every aspect of our food—from the time it’s grown to the time it’s eaten—can be healthy, safe, profitable and fair for those who grow it and for the state where it’s grown. For more on ROC visit www.rootsofchange.org.