Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Seedling Soiree for Olivewood Gardens

You've read about Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center in this space many times before. They're the  sprawling oasis in National City that teaches primarily low-income children the joy and benefits of organic gardening and cooking--turning kids on to getting dirty to get veggies growing and then turning them on to eating the nutritionally packed veggies they grow. They also have fun educational events for parents and families, host herb and veggie plant giveaways, and even host yoga classes. It's an exciting place and one where I've spent many many enjoyable hours as a volunteer cooking instructor.

They give and give and give--but need some financial assistance from us to keep on shining the bright light on health and a sound environment. On Saturday, June 8th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Olivewood Gardens will hold its third annual fundraiser, Seedling Soiree.

If it's anything like the previous two events, it'll be a magical evening held on the grounds of Olivewood Gardens with magnificent food and drink provided by top San Diego chefs. This year they include Alex Carballo of Stone Brewing Company paired with Hanis Cavin of Carnitas Snack Shack, Miguel Valdez of The Red Door and The Wellington paired with True Food Kitchen's Nathan Coulon, Paul Rinaudo of Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar paired with Simon Dolinky of Saltbox, Olivier Bioteau of Farm House Cafe and Chad White of EGO and Plancha, Jack Fisher of Cucina Urbana and Joe Burns of Waters Fine Food and Catering, and surprise chef Jo Ann Plympton of GANG Kitchen. The paired chefs will prepare a course together, resulting in a blow-out six-course meal showcasing the best of San Diego's organic and sustainable produce, fish, and meats.

Chef Chad White
Chef Miguel Valdez with The Red Door and The Wellington owner Trish Watlington
The evening will be emceed by Sam (the Cooking Guy) Zien and we'll hear a short talk by guest speaker Ron Finley, "the Guerilla Gardener," who has been featured on TED Talks.

Sam the Cooking Guy

You can visit the website to buy tickets. It's truly a don't-miss event!

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