Farm to Kitchen Urban Picnic
***EVENT UPDATE -- 10/28/20011***
Unfortunately, Chef Kevin Gillespie will not be able to attend our event. We would still like to see you though, and we will still have a fabulous lunch for you!
We have added a discounted ticket price, so you may choose the level you want to contribute, given the change.
Thanks for your support!!
Come out on October 29th and help celebrate the beginnings of a new local food center!
Alisa Barry, creator of Bella Cucina, and Donna Toepfer, social entrepreneur, are excited to announce their partnership in the creation of a new social enterprise. They will be working to create a community food center that will offer a wide variety of opportunities for community engagement including kitchen space for local food businesses, classes for both consumers and businesses, an edible learning garden, and a host of great events.
All of Bella Cucina's artisan food products, as well as all of their delicious take-away meals for their new retail shop, Porta Via, are made by hand in their kitchen near East Point. This expansive commercial kitchen facility is situated on several acres, is close to Marta, and is an ideal location to grow a local community food center.
First, the soil was prepared...for the edible learning garden
The beautiful people of Crop Mob Atlanta came out last month and helped to get some of the green space on the property ready to grow into a beautiful garden. The garden will not only supply ingredients for Bella Cucina and Porta Via, but it will also provide space for hands-on gardening classes.
Now to plant the seeds...of community
That's where you come in. Come spend the day! See the fantastic results of the Crop Mob work day, take a tour of the kitchen facility, enjoy discounts on Bella Cucina products during the sample sale, and hear all about what's being planned for the new community food center.
A fabulous lunch will be prepared outside on Tuscan grills by local celebrity and Top Chef fan favorite, Chef Kevin Gillespie. He'll share some grilling tips and pointers to those that would like to hang around and watch him in action. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket and find a great spot in the shade to relax and enjoy!
Kyla Zaro-Moore from Sustenance Design (www.sustenancedesign.net) will be conducting a gardening class in the afternoon, sharing her expertise on year round garden planning and what to consider when preparing for the winter.
Mike Lorey, local meadmaker and brewer, will be sampling out some of his delicious libations including various meads and maybe a beer or two. This artisan is planning to open a local meadery called Obec Medovina (www.obecmedovina.com).
A screening of the award winning documentary, GROW! (www.growmovie.net) by Anthony-Masterson, will cap off the day. This amazing film was shot on 12 different farms across Georgia and provides an honest and inspiring look at the next generation of sustainable farmers.
There are a few other exciting surprises planned, but you'll have to come out to find out!
Here are the details:
Saturday, October 29 from 11 am to 4 pm.
Urban Picnic tickets are $45 per person; Georgia Organics members get a $5 discount.
The kitchen tour, lunch, garden class, and movie are included.
(Sample sale purchases are separate.)
All proceeds from this event will help seed efforts to open the community food center.
The Farm to Kitchen Urban Picnic will take place at:
Bella Cucina's Kitchen
1870 Murphy Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
Take I-85 to Langford Parkway (Hwy 166). Take Langford Parkway west to the Fort Mc Pherson exit and just follow our Urban Picnic signs from there.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Bella Cucina's Kitchen (View)
1870 Murphy Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
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