Erica Wohldmann (EatingLA, HomeMade1616) tells her stories
As far back as I can remember, my mom, having grown up on a farm, grew herbs and vegetables for my sisters and I. Sometimes she’d take us out on walks and forage greens from the ground, clovers and mustards, and slip them into our mouths. Plants shaped my childhood and built within me a deep connection to nature.
During graduate school, I started foraging mushrooms and berries in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It felt like treasure hunting, and I seemed to have an eye for edibles. Slowly, I began to study more empirically the impacts of our food choices on health, social justice, and the environment. I realized my connection to nature through my love for edible and medicinal plants could have the potential to heal a lot of the problems we’ve created – we protect what we love – so I started working towards teaching people to love fresh food, which is pretty simple since, well, food is required to maintain life.
To me, coming together around food feels innately rewarding. Whether it’s teaching people how to brew wild-harvested herbal beer that helps the medicine go down with joy, sharing food I urban foraged from the grocery store dumpster, or snacking with my students while pulling weeds from our campus community garden, I’m filled with the sense that my mission is being carried out.
Chef Stefano De Lorenzo of La Botte is going to help us cook up a recipe for revolutionizing LA’s food system on the panel at EatingLA. We’re so lucky to have him! Stefano grew up in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and began his restaurant career with Ristorante Il Meloncino at Lago Ghedina. He visited Los Angeles in 1995 and was instantly captivated by the splendor of Southern California. He hasn’t left since and has worked his way around various restaurants throughout our beautiful city.
Join Santa Monica Farmers Market supervisor Laura Avery as she visits with Chef Stefano who share some of his best recipes and techniques using food from the local Farmers Market.
Our marketplace features a variety of handmade delectables by some of LA’s finest cottage and artisan food makers. Our forum offers 2 panel discussions (1PM & 3PM) about ways to grow our local food system and features change-makers such as Larry Santoyo (Earthflow Design Works), Rick Nahmias (Food Forward), Elliott Kuhn (Reedley St. Farms & TreePeople), Mud Baron (Muir Ranch), Rafael Quezada (The Waters Wheel), Megan Hanson (RootDownLA), and Erin McMorrow (Kiss the Ground), plus restauranteurs and chefs such as Flynn McGarry (teenage protégé and chef of Eureka), Tom Elliott (Venice Alehouse), Stefano De Lorenzo (La Botte Ristorante), Matthew Geller (SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Assn.), and Cristina Urioste (Rasa Foods).
Chef Gino will be cooking with the kids and the Master Food Preservers will teach you how to make preserves at home. Plus, Ray Cirino will be baking pizza in his dragon pizza oven.
EarthWE will screen the new documentary Growing Cities at 5:30, so stick around for a movie and popcorn.
La Botte Ristorante will offer a special menu that evening highlighting local food from LA’s urban farmers, gleaners, wild-food foragers.
The event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP at:
Chef Stefano of La Botte will join some of LA’s most famous urban gardeners, permaculturists, food revolutionaries, and other restauranteurs and chefs at EatingLA’s Food Forum to participate in a discussion of how to create a more locally-supplied food system in LA. This panel includes experts on the both the “supply” and “demand” side of the local food movement and will be moderated by Erica Wohldmann.
La Botte is also sponsoring EatingLA, and will be offering a special menu that night for people who would like to see the vision of EatingLA turn into a reality. Many of the ingredients used in the menu that evening will be supplied by LA’s urban gardeners and gleaners, and some will even be wild-harvested right from the mountains that surround our beautiful city.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
EarthWE @ Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Space D5, Santa Monica, CA 90404
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