GrowingGreat Holds Farm to Table Gala in Manhattan Beach
Jul 14, 2014 02:56PM
By DigMB Staff
Michael Zislis, left, and Peggy Curry, Manhattan Beach resident and co-founder and president of Growing Great, for their ongoing philanthropic smile for a camera at the non-profit's Farm to Table gala Saturday night in Manhattan Beach.
Complete with vineyard, edible gardens, water features and beautiful grounds, the estate of David and Cindy Hoag was the perfect setting for the non-profit's first Farm to Table event.
Local celebrity chefs David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach Post and Fishing With Dynamite) and Alan Jackson (Lemonade) demonstrated cooking techniques with fresh, flavorful ingredients.
In addition, guests were treated to wine tastings, a farmers' market sampling table and appetizers from Chef Dustin Lewandowski of Wolfgang Puck – MGM Grand.
Manhattan Beach caterer The Ripe Choice, helmed by chef Tammy Lipps, provided a locally sourced, family-style farm to table meal under the stars, Chef Tammy served an assortment of sweet and savory breads with house made jam; arugula, watermelon, cucumber, red onion salad with pepitas and chipotle honey vinaigrette, a quinoa and grilled vegetable salad, avocados stuffed with black rice, mangoes and scailion with a cilantro lime vinaigrette, and a house-rubbed brick chicken with grilled peaches
Chef Stephanie Franz of The Strand House prepared dessert for the evening, which included a silent auction and live auction hosted by local celebrity JD Roth, concluded with a special awards ceremony honoring the Michael and Andrea Zislis and Mary Lou Weiss.
GrowingGreat, which began in Manhattan Beach and is still based in the city, has inspired more 250,000 children and their families to lead healthier lives in its 15-year history. The organization is a school garden and nutrition education organization dedicated to inspiring children and adults to adopt healthy eating habits.
Some of the evening's guests included Manhattan Beach residents Pauline and Derk Saltzmann, Valerie Maxwell and Scott Wilson, Jayne Justice, Carolyn Seaton, Nancy Hersman, Kris Mackerer D'Errico and Tony D'Errico, Les Silverman, and Michael and Andrea Zislis. Other attendees included Mickey Marraffino, Cyndi McMaster, and Jason Shanks, owner of Nikau Kai Waterman Shop in downtown Manhattan Beach.