The Young Folks Urban Farmers extend an invitation to Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends to attend their upcoming event, “Family Supper: A Celebration of Good Food and Community” at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park.
This celebration of friends, family, community, and local food will benefit the Young Folks’ pilot project at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy‘s urban farm and will be completely sourced from local farmers. The meal will be prepared by Diep Tran, founder and chef of Good Girl Dinette, and Jullia Carr, Daniel Lawler, and Justin Gardner of the Young Folks Urban Farmers.
When: Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:00pm
Where: Good Girl Dinette, 110 N Ave 56, Highland Park (90042)
Cost: $35 per person. Tickets may be purchased online through EventBrite (via credit card) or at the Good Girl Dinette (cash or check only). Online sales will end at 9pm on October 2 or when tickets have sold out, whichever comes first.
Good Girl Dinette’s owner and Executive Chef Diep Tran has over 15 years of restaurant experience. Born into the business, her family founded one of the very first Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County and LA, Pho 79. Diep has been featured on The Food Network, and Good Food. For two consecutive years, Good Girl Dinette has been included in Jonathan Gold’s 99 Essential LA Restaurants, as well as being one of the star restaurants at LA Weekly’s Gold Standard. Good Girl Dinette is the first and only Vietnamese diner in the area, suffused with warmth and retro style where folks can connect and linger with family and friends.
Young Folks Urban Farmers is a community action network dedicated to changing the way communities feed themselves. Starting at the root of the issue, Young Folks advocates for the proliferation of urban agriculture in Los Angeles and encourages youth involvement as a key factor in changing our food system. To start, the group has partnered with the Los Angeles Leadership Academy to bring our community a fully functioning, 4-acre farm in the hills of Lincoln Heights. With the help of farmers, students, teachers, faculty, and community members, Young Folks has been developing an innovative approach to sustainability through urban food production. Young Folks is trying to build a prototype for institutions to able to feed themselves and support their constituents. Our goal is to not only be able to provide food, but to build support networks revolving around our community food system.
The farm currently occupies a half acre of the four-acre site and is growing tomatoes, beans, squash, cucumber, strawberries, melons, and peppers. As Julia Carr notes, “We have accomplished this with little formal funding but lots of support from the school, neighborhood, friends, and student interns. We are determined to cultivate the rest of the land and prove that food sustainability can be reality through hard work and a strong network of community support and involvement.”
This fall Young Folks will be teaching an Urban Farming elective to the high school students of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy as well as implementing an after school program, and the October 3 dinner will help further these programs. Slow Food Los Angeles is proud to support their efforts and we hope to see many members and friends at this event!