30 Years & Growing is next Thursday, September 3! We are busy putting together a fantastic day of programming including a press conference, entertainment, contests and most importantly, good food. Confirmed guests and activities include:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, delivering remarks at a 10:30am 10:00am (new time!) press conference
Councilmember Jan Perry
Robert Tse, Deputy Secretary of Trade Development, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture
Kurt Floren, Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner
Vance Corum, and other organizers of LA’s first farmers’ markets, including 20 original farmers and organizers from the first Gardena market
Evan Kleiman, chef/owner of Angeli Caffe and host of the weekly radio show Good Food on KCRW, will serve as emcee for the event
Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic for the LA Weekly will announce the winner of the Redesign Your Farmers Market contest (there’s still time to enter, deadline is September 1!), and serve as a Salsa Contest judge
Nancy Silverton, chef/owner of Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and co-founder of La Brea Bakery
Jeffrey Saad, chef, Spice Smuggler, and runner up on The Next Food Network Star
Jaime Martin del Campo & Ramiro Arvisu, chefs/owners La Casita Mexicana
Mary Sue Milliken, chef/owner Border Grill and Ciudad
Susan Feniger, chef/owner Border Grill and Ciudad and Susan Feniger’s Street
Eric Lukosky, chef, The Farmers’ Kitchen
Claude Beltran, executive chef, Noir Cafe
Kenneth McCaskill, chef of Engine Company No. 28
Tara Thomas, chef, Traxx Restaurant
Neal and Amy Fraser, executive chef and director of operations, Grace
Michael Cimarusti, executive chef, Providence
Eric Greenspan, chef/owner, The Foundry on Melrose
Christine and Robert Moore, Little Flower Candy Co.
Ben Ford, executive chef/proprietor, Ford’s Filling Station
Urban farmers from many local programs like the Stanford Avalon Farmers in Watts, Crenshaw High School’s Eco Club, The Garden School Foundation, 24th Street Foundation, North Hollywood Farmers and more.
A Taste the Harvest booth sponsored by SEE-LA offering free samples of seasonal produce from heirloom tomatoes to stone fruit, including chef demos, to be announced.
A booth sponsored by GOOD, The Architect’s Newspaper and edible LA focused on design solutions for local food including Erik Knutzen & Kelly Coyne, Homegrown Revolution; Sara Marie Paul, Ramirez Farm CSA; Mike Blockstein, Public Matters & Sharlene Gozalians, South L.A. Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) Initiative; Tara Kolla, Silver Lake Farms; and an exhibition of finalists from the Redesign Your Farmers Market contest.
A booth sponsored by Farmlab
A timeline chronicling the history of farmers’ markets in Los Angeles and graphics designed by the 30 Years & Growing team: Joseph Prichard, Michelle Park and Manuel Garcia
Over 40 local farmers, prepared foods and fresh food vendors as well as local artisans
And it wouldn’t be a birthday without cake! We’ll celebrate 30 years with the cutting of a carrot cake, which means free carrot cake for all attendees.
Check back often as this list is updated frequently. And we’ll see you at City Hall on September 3!