Food Day kicks off in L.A.
It's Food Day, a grassroots event sponsored by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest to improve the U.S. food system. Its efforts include reducing diet-related diseases such as diabetes and expanding access to healthful food.
The recently formed Los Angeles Food Policy Council, founded by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is helping to coordinate a series of Food Day events throughout L.A. "Many Angelenos are successfully working to make a meaningful difference in our local food system, particularly in ways that assist those residents most in need of healthy nutrition," said Villaraigosa in a news release. "This is especially important for Angelenos who live in neighborhoods where healthy foods are harder to find, which puts them at greater risk for obesity and diabetes."
Here are a few of the events happening around Los Angeles:
- Occidental College will offer a variety of presentations and activities on campus, including presentations from the South Central Farmers and Food Forward. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., JSC Quad, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles.
- Border Grill will give a farmers market apple from Windrose Farm to all guests, along with info about Food Day and the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. 11:30 a.m., 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.
- The UCLA Maternal and Child Nutrition Leadership Training Program will hold a screening of "Forks Over Knives" with a discussion to follow. 3 p.m., UCLA Center for Health Sciences, Room 13-105, 10833 Le Conte Ave., Westwood.
- Community Market Conversion will host a healthy food cooking demo and a Zumba class at Las Palmas Carniceria in South L.A. The demo is free and the Zumba class is $2. The whole program is in Spanish. 5 p.m., 2712 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles.
- The Hollywood Farmers' Market & The Farmer's Kitchen will host a screening of "Vanishing of the Bees" at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, with dishes prepared by the Farmer's Kitchen, wine from the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop, honey tasting from local beekeepers and live music. Tickets are $25. 5:45 p.m., 1615 N. Vine St., Los Angeles.
- Food Forward will organize a fruit pick in Granada Hills. Sign up for a pick here: foodforward.org/events/. (They will also have a booth at Occidental College; see above.) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Granada Hills; see website for locations.
- Canele in Atwater Village will host a three-course market-inspired dinner for $35 per person. They cover their costs for the night and everything else goes to benefit Food Day. 5 p.m., 3219 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles.
- BLD Restaurant will prepare a local farm-to-table family style prix-fixe dinner, featuring all local farms, wineries and breweries. Dinner includes wine and costs $45. Dinner without wine costs $34. BLD will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. 7:30 p.m., 7450 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.
-- Betty Hallock
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