This year, more than any other year I've taught in South Los Angeles, I've never had so many students come to school hungry. My 2nd grade students were coming in cranky and tired and I had no idea why until I asked them. One of my girls broke down crying saying all she had for dinner were potato chips. It hit me and it hit me hard this year, there are way too many kids growing up hungry. 85% of our student population is on reduced/free lunches here at my school. A large percentage of those students actually rely on their two meals at school and usually go home hungry with little or nothing to eat at home. I've never told Dylan this, but I'd bring extra apples and oranges or our delicious dinner leftovers to school because I know I would have a little one run in with a hungry stomach. We've got some major battles to fight for our youth.
I love everything about Share our Strength and their commitment to ending childhood hunger. It was great seeing our community of eaters, volunteers, chefs and restaurant owners come together to support Share Our Strength at this year's Taste of the Nation Los Angeles.
Susan Feniger and Cochinita Pibil Tostaditas
Horseradish Dusted Braised Short Rib on Smoked Potatoes and Quinn Hatfield
Crème Fraîche Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote
Marcel Vigneron and Thai Shrimp Skewers with POM Spherification
Marinated Hamachi with Cucumber Vinegar, Avocado, Granny Smith Apple and Crispy Chocolate Hazelnut with Chocolate Mousse
Chilled Porcini Soup with Mirabelle Coulis, Foie Gras Chantilly/Espuma and Macedoine Salad, Uni Dressing, Maine Lobster
Shortrib Tortelli “Caramelles” with Sweet Corn, Chanterelles, Summer Truffle
Carne Deshebrada with Fresh Guacamole, Chipotle Sauce and Mole Poblano Con Pollo
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
Grilled Pork Sliders,Onion Bacon Jam, Violet Mustard
Charred Beef with Grated Radish
Duck and Fennel Sausage with Grape Apple Slaw
Braised and Grilled Piedmontese Beef Cheeks with Lime Hoisin Glaze, Summer Corn Foam, Micro Cilantro
St. Germain Champagne Cocktail
Giving back never tasted and felt so good. See everyone next year!