Pre-Conference Events

As of March 13, 2017

FIELD COURSE/MOBILE WORKSHOP
FOOD JUSTICE IN LA
Tour leaders: Sharon Cech and Rosa Romero
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 8:30am-4:30pm
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 50 people
COST: $70 per person (lunch and snacks included).
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Light urban walking
DESCRIPTION: Come and learn about innovative food justice initiatives in Los Angeles and hear from local nonprofits and activists on a tour guided by Occidental College’s Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI), a long-time leader in LA’s good food movement. We will visit and hear about a variety of community-driven food access strategies ranging from farmers’ markets and corner stores, to urban agriculture projects, and enjoy lunch at Mercado la Paloma

 

FOOD FORWARD/THE HUNTINGTON

Tour leaders: Patty Micciche and David Kasunic
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 8:30Am-4:30pm
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 30 people
COST: $55 per person
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate harvesting; Moderate walking. Please wear clothes you are comfortable in and close-toed shoes.

DESCRIPTION: After spending the morning with Food Forward, you’ll be able to stroll through The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Food Forward will deliver an orientation on safe harvesting techniques and will supply fruit pickers, clippers, gloves, harvest bags and ladders, to help pick as much fruit as possible. Then, enjoy The Huntington’s Botanical Gardens; they are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens. 

 

WRITING WORKSHOP
MIGRATING MEDIA: BYTING  WORDS

INSTRUCTOR: Betty Fussell
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 1pm-4pm
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 13 people
COST: $50 per person.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Classroom
BIO: Best Known for her The Story of Corn, Betty Fussell is the author of twelve books; her most recent being Eat, Live, Love, Die: Selected Essays. Her works range from biography to cookbooks, food history and memoir and have been honored by the IACP’s Jane Grigson Award, Food Art’s Silver Spoon Award, James Beard Foundation’s Journalism Award and Who’s Who in Food & Beverage. She has taught food writing, food history and food preparation at universities, colleges, culinary schools and cooking stores across the United States and in Mexico. She is currently completing a second memoir titled How to Cook a Coyote: A Manual of Survival.
DESCRIPTION: By eradicating borders, the Internet has changed not just the cultural foodscapes of the Pacific but of the language we use to describe them.  Since the Internet has changed both our spatial and temporal perspectives, writing about food has never been so easy nor so complex. By focusing on how best to communicate in words and images the essence of a local food scene, this workshop aims to clarify the challenges of our global revolution.

 

MEXICAN FOOD TOUR OF BOYLE HEIGHTS
Tour leaders: Sarah Jo Portnoy and Divana Oliva
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 10:30Am-3:30pm
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 25 people
COST: $50 per person (lunch included).
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Light urban walking
DESCRIPTION: During the first part of the 20th century, Boyle Heights was originally a diverse neighborhood made up of Jewish, Japanese, and Mexican immigrants. Today, working class Latinos live in Boyle Heights. We will explore Boyle Heights Jewish history with a stop at the Breed Street Shul, remnants of the original Brooklyn Avenue (renamed Cesar Chavez Avenue), and more. We will then explore the different forms of Mexican street food available in Boyle Heights today with stops at El Mercadito to try edible crickets and sample mole; Mariscos Jalisco, one of L.A.’s most beloved taco trucks; Guisados, one of L.A.’s most popular taquerías, La Monarca, a Mexican bakery chain that uses on high-quality ingredients, and Princesita Market, a tortilla factory that uses non-GMO corn imported from Mexico.

 

 

…Check back throughout the Spring as we confirm new events and opportunities.

 

 

 

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