Eat-In participants host Alice Waters
Alice Waters, the “mother” of California cusine, visited Milagro Allegro Monday evening after the Eat-In celebration at the garden. Waters is best known for her stellar Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse, and her Edible School Yard project.
A very hearty THANK YOU to all who participated in Monday’s hugely successful Eat-In at the Milagro Allegro Community Garden in Highland Park! The event was made possible through the partnership of Slow Food LA, the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center, the Milagro Allegro Community Garden, Homegirl Cafe and Whole Foods Arroyo Parkway, through the contributions of numerous volunteers and importantly, through the incredible enthusiasm of community members.
We had an estimated 200-250 people attending, making us the largest of the seven that were held in Los Angeles that same day, and were one of 300+ others that happened around the country to raise the awareness of the Childhood Nutrition Act which governs the school lunch program and is up for reauthorization this fall in Congress.
We all shared a delicious potluck dinner, heard speeches by Emily Ventura from Slow Food LA, Councilman Ed Reyes, Pr. Michael Goran of USC, Ana Espinoza and Marilyn Villanueva of Homegirl Cafe and Nicole Gatto of the Milagro Allegro Community Garden. We participated in a cooking demonstration by Chef Patricia Zarate of Homegirl Cafe, enjoyed entertainment by the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, Seabreeze (a jazz band) and a local all female son jarocho band, and wrote letters to our congressmen to voice our support for the Childhood Nutrition Act. The UC Extension Master Gardener Program was represented with an information table, and the First Edition of the Milagro Allegro Cookbook, a collection of over 30 recipes from gardeners, made its debut! We had a garden treasure hunt for kids and a watermelon pinata, both which were huge hits (excuse the pun).
We had several talented photographers at the event and we’re pleased to share their photos which very nicely document the day.
(When using photos, please credit the photographers accordingly.)
Here are a couple of links of local media coverage of the event
We look forward to seeing you at the garden again in the near future. Please check our website for upcoming events and workshops