Los Angeles

On the calendar… March 10-20, 2011

Reminder: Tonight, Thursday, March 10, 2011: We look forward to seeing many Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends at the screening of the documentary film Ingredients at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Following the film, please stay for a discussion with Felicia Friesema (L.A. Weekly), Alex Weiser (Weiser Family Farms) and Martha Rose Shulman (author, New York Times contributor, and cofounder of the Venice Cooking School). The film begins at 7:30pm; more information is available in our original announcement.

Saturday, March 12, 2011: The Culinary Historians of Southern California present Andrew F. Smith on How Food Won the Civil War and Potato: A Rags to Riches Story. This free event starts at 10:30am in the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Downtown Central Library, 630 West 5th Street. For more information, visit the CHSC website.

Saturday, March 12, 2011: Mud Baron, Los Angeles’s fearless school garden resource wrangler, has organized a 10,000-plant giveaway for school garden representatives at the Micheltorena Elementary School in Silverlake starting at 4:30pm. 1511 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles 90026.

For more information on the work Mud is coordinating in Los Angeles and around the country, visit his School Garden website.

Sunday, March 13, 2011: The Milagro Allegro Garden in Highland Park is hosting a “No Bare Root Tree Left Behind” event from noon until 2:30. This free giveaway will include Nonpareil Almond, Ne Plus Ultra Almond, Anna Apple, Royal Apricot, Black Mission Fig, Desert Delight Nectarine, Tropic Snow Peach, Florida Prince Peach, Stark Saturn Peach, Monterrey Pear, Fan Sil Pear, Dwarf Santa Rosa Plum and Beauty Plum trees. Donations to the Garden are strongly encouraged; review the Garden’s announcement flyer for more information. Also: Mud Baron will be on hand to give away 50,000 organic vegetable and ornamental seedlings (seed plugs) for school garden representatives.

Sunday, March 13, 2011: The Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) will hold its fourth general meeting on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30pm at the Venice High School Garden. All are welcome; lifetime membership is $10. The group is still in the early stages of its formation, so organizers invite you to share seeds, promote education about seed saving, and help with other administrative tasks. For more information, visit the SLOLA website.

Monday, March 14, 2011: This week’s “Closed on Mondays” dinner at Canele (3219 Glendale Boulevard in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles) benefits the Milagro Allegro Community Garden, which continues to develop its programs that serve the Highland Park community and beyond. For $35 (cash only) you’ll enjoy a three-course, market-driven, Mexico-inspired dinner. No reservations are accepted; tables are on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Closed on Mondays website.

Friday through Sunday, March 18-20, 2011: The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative presents “Communal Tables: Practicing Hospitality, Sustainability” through its St. Joseph’s Table, which honors the Sicilian food altar tradition to feed the poor, to practice hospitality, and to welcome strangers to the table. For more information, visit the Watts Towers page for this event.

Sunday, March 20, 2011:[See below for update] Altadena’s not our secret anymore! Among our friends profiled in this week’s Los Angeles Times article were Gloria Putnam and Steve Rudicel, the couple behind the Altadena Urban Farmers’ Market. The next AUFM will be held on March 20 April 17 at the Zane Grey Estate (a private residence) at 396 East Mariposa Street in Altadena from 1-4pm, rain or shine. Membership in the Arroyo Time Bank is required; information is available at their website under the AUF Market tab. Update on March 11: Market organizers have announced the next market will be Sunday, April 17, 2011.