Sunday, April 25, 2010

Alice at Lost and Found

There she was at the end of a table strewn with fava beans.  Alice... Waters a name that evokes so many wonderful things. Goddess of Edible Education.  Founder of the Chez Panisse Foundation a national movement dedicated to changing the way children eat, educating them about gardening, cooking and learning about food in public schools.

She was here to sign copies of her new book "In the Green Kitchen Techniques to Learn by Heart."  Proceeds of which benefit the Chez Panisse Foundation and on this day were to also go to The Larchmont Charter.

The book came from a Slow Food Nation event in San Fransico where an assortment of food lover's converged.  Different chef's were invited to demonstrate simple basic techniques.  

I had pre-ordered several copies and couldn't resist a peek: Beautiful pictures, hmmm...feeling hungry...I got in line to meet her.

                                                                   Alice Waters

 Greeting each person with sincerity and a lovely smile.  Listening, and taking the time to converse before inscribing a very personal note on the inside cover of each book
When it was my turn, I was almost speechless, but of course somehow found the words to express how inspiring she is, what I was doing and how much Violet loves Fanny at Chez Panisse.  A book her daughter wrote some years back.  She asked to hear more about Violet and decided to include her in the inscription in our book.

At the other end of the table sat James Birch of Flora Bella farms in Three River's.  Another name that personifies botany.  I recognized him immediately having just read about him on the Harvest to Heat website As well as being a longtime regular at the Hollywood Farmer's Market he is an educator, organic farmer growing some of the most incredibly delicious organic produce around which is served at Mozza,AOC, and AXE to name a few.  There he sat with a bushel of his gorgeous fava beans shelling and chatting.  His kind eye's got me.  I started asking questions about what to do with my abundant crop of borage. He was very informative.  So much so I harvested about 20 lbs of it today and plan to take it to Forage in Silverlake.

James Birch of Flora Bella Farms

Elated and wishing for more,but a bit tongue tied. Perhaps for the first time in my life.   I ventured next door and succumbed to several gorgeous things in Lost and Found.  

What a day.

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