High End Chefs Support School Gardening, LAUSD's Program at Risk
At a Zocalo food panel focused on defining Los Angeles' cuisine moderated by the Pulitzer Prize winning Jonathan Gold last year, there was no specific dish or item that could be defined as owned by this city. Tacos, burritos, sea food, sushi were all brought up (mind you, this was before Kogi BBQ and the mobile food truck culture ever existed, so much changes in less than a year, right?), but none felt like the quintessential L.A. food. But one consistent theme was apparent with Gold and others: a chef's long-term relationship with farmers and farmer's markets. In other words, what L.A. should be known for is not one specific food or dish, but the locally grown and sustainable food trend, the panel seemed to agree.
Now, two restaurant chef/owners in Culver City are assisting local schools by helping reinvigorate a garden at Farragut Elementary School. Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station and Akasha Richmond of Akasha are using food industry connections to make it happen, according to the LA Times in a feature about the rise in popularity of school gardens.