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Cultivating Conversation: A Dine and Learn Series
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
National City, CA
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Cultivating Conversation: A Dine and Learn Series
Cultivating Conversation: A Dine and Learn Series
Exploring Immigration and the Immigration Dynamic in Our Community

Featured Chef: Flor Franco, Franco on Fifth
Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Camarena, Casa Cornelia Law Center

Join us for a delicious, informative, and engaging evening in our lovely fall garden. You'll enjoy a tour of our gardens and peek in the historic Noyes house, an amazing meal, and conversation with an immigration expert. Chef Flor Franco of Franco on Fifth will create a delectable, seasonal meal inspired by her roots in Mexico. Elizabeth Camarena, Associate Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center, will provide an insider's view of the historic and current immigration situation, as well as an overview of her work with Casa Cornelia.  We'll explore the complexity of our border region through a facts-based, open-minded, and friendly conversation.

Chef Flor Franco Bio:
Born in the rich epicurean tradition of Veracruz, Mexico, Chef Flor Franco's path was practically preordained. Raised amongst farmers and cooks in a region that marries the ingredients and centuries old culinary knowledge of several Mexican states and bordered to the east by the generous Gulf of Mexico, Franco's talent for perfection and technique is as deep as her propensity toward mastering the foods and flavors of the world.

Franco relocated to San Diego after attending university in Guadalajara and immediately became a power player. Garnering acclaim and a reputation for excellence, Franco has supported the launch of several successful restaurants and chains, and served as the Executive Chef for several award-winning venues and restaurants, two Sundance Film Festivals, a Conde Nast dinner, and hundreds of the worlds best culinary events. She continues this tradition of excellence as a chair member of several charitable organizations, and with her latest project, Franco on 5th, an event venue and chefs atelier that houses cooking classes, wine tastings, art exhibits and private dinners. Franco has also been culinary director of the Berry Good Food Foundation for seven years.

Elizabeth Camarena Bio:
Elizabeth Camarena, Esq. is the Associate Director at Casa Cornelia Law Center (CCLC) in San Diego, California. Casa Cornelia is a non-profit law firm which provides quality pro bono legal services to approximately 2000 victims of human and civil rights violations each year. Throughout her association with Casa Cornelia, Elizabeth has provided direct representation to clients as well as supervised, trained and mentored attorneys in each area of Casa Cornelia's practice. As Associate Director, Elizabeth works closely with the Executive Director and other dedicated team members on the administration of the Law Center. She speaks on immigration law and policy and participates in community education presentations throughout San Diego County. Before joining Casa Cornelia, Elizabeth worked in the private sector providing counsel and representation on family and employment based visas. Prior to private practice, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Asylum Office in San Francisco.


Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center (View)
2525 N Avenue
National City, CA 91950
United States


Education > Tours
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Charity
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Green
Other > Health & Wellness

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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