First, Artisanal LA. Here’s an event that’ll let you taste all the eco-edibles from local chocolatiers, confectioners, bakeries, restaurants, and breweries. The impressively long list of participating vendors includes both well-known local favorites to small newbie companies operating out of home kitchens.
Go for Compartes Chocolatier’s truffles, crafted using seasonal organic ingredients — or Homegirl Cafe’s Latin-flavored dishes made with fresh, cafe-grown produce — or Eagle Rock Brewery’s locally-made beer. Or be adventurous and try out artisan delights from foodies without storefronts. I’m especially eager to try Marcie’s Pies, made with farm fresh fruit from “beyond organic” Jimenez Family Farm in Santa Ynez valley.
The weekend-long event also has a full schedule of workshops, speakers, and demos. For the leafier nibblers, Chef Jonathan Rollo of my favorite salad spot, Greenleaf Chop Shop, will demo using local and seasonal produce; carnivores can learn about heritage meats and home butchering from Lindy & Grundy. Plus, there will be workshops on everything from herb gardening to hand-sewing egg cozies to pairing biodynamic wines with food.
Plus, eco-foodies will get to enjoy music from DJ Bryan Davidson, pick up free seedlings from Pitchfork’s Mud Baron, and receive free gift bags if they’re one of the first 1000 to arrive — all with the happy knowledge that some of the proceeds of the event will benefit LAUSD Edible School Gardens.
Artisanal LA happens Sat., Oct. 23 and Sun., Oct. 24 in the 11th floor penthouse of The Cooper Building, 860 S. Los Angeles St., downtown Los Angeles. Get your ticket in advance for $10 ($15 at the door)
Can’t afford the $10? Then head over to HomeGrown Culver City — a free celebration of “food, sustainable gardening and an ecological lifestyle,” according to the event website. This event’s one that keeps giving — because you’ll be able to learn at HomeGrown Culver City how to grow and make your own food too.
After all, the intent of the event is to get more people gardening. Lots of hands-on workshops, from gardening on raised beds to making jam to composting with worms, will help you dig into the homegrown movement. The event also promises kid-friendly entertainment and local food vendors serving dishes made with local ingredients.
The event’s free, but attendees are encouraged to bring canned or packaged healthy food and new children’s winter clothes to Beyond Shelter, a nonprofit that helps homeless families with children find permanent housing. HomeGrown Culver City happens Sat., Oct. 23 from 9 am to 5 pm in Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City.
Images: Artisanal LA and HomeGrown Culver City