Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation Los Angeles

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.

Taste of the Nation

TASTE OF THE NATION

TASTE OF THE NATION
Susan Feniger and Cochinita Pibil Tostaditas

TASTE OF THE NATION
Horseradish Dusted Braised Short Rib on Smoked Potatoes and Quinn Hatfield

TASTE OF THE NATION
Crème Fraîche Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote

TASTE OF THE NATION
Marcel Vigneron and Thai Shrimp Skewers with POM Spherification

TASTE OF THE NATION
Marinated Hamachi with Cucumber Vinegar, Avocado, Granny Smith Apple and Crispy Chocolate Hazelnut with Chocolate Mousse


TASTE OF THE NATION
Chilled Porcini Soup with Mirabelle Coulis, Foie Gras Chantilly/Espuma and Macedoine Salad, Uni Dressing, Maine Lobster

TASTE OF THE NATION
Albacore Onion

TASTE OF THE NATION

TASTE OF THE NATION
Shortrib Tortelli “Caramelles” with Sweet Corn, Chanterelles, Summer Truffle

TASTE OF THE NATION
Carne Deshebrada with Fresh Guacamole, Chipotle Sauce and Mole Poblano Con Pollo

TASTE OF THE NATION
Cochinita Pibil

TASTE OF THE NATION
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

TASTE OF THE NATION
Grilled Pork Sliders,Onion Bacon Jam, Violet Mustard

TASTE OF THE NATION
Charred Beef with Grated Radish

TASTE OF THE NATION

Duck and Fennel Sausage with Grape Apple Slaw

TASTE OF THE NATION
Braised Octopus

TASTE OF THE NATION
Braised and Grilled Piedmontese Beef Cheeks with Lime Hoisin Glaze, Summer Corn Foam, Micro Cilantro

TASTE OF THE NATION
Leffe Blonde

TASTE OF THE NATION
St. Germain Champagne Cocktail

TASTE OF THE NATION
Devon Espinosa

TASTE OF THE NATION
Michael Voltaggio

Giving back never tasted and felt so good. See everyone next year!

15 comments:

Daily Gluttony said...

Practically in tears reading the intro to this post. I've never had the chance to make it out to TOTNLA, but will for sure next year.

GORGEOUS photos as always!!! :)

Jen said...

Beautiful photos! of course, the one that I honed in on was the Leffe Blond. I miss my Leffe.

Love Share Our Strength - I can't imagine being hungry as an adult, let alone as a helpless child!! That is one great organization...

weezermonkey said...

Oh, man. Just gorgeous. Every photo is a work of art.

I really like that everything is labeled, too -- so easy to see which chef created each dish.

Awesome.

Oishii Eats said...

Daily Gluttony...love this charity. Kids can't focus on a hungry stomach. We'll see you at TOTNLA next year. It's so worth it!

Jen...love the Leffe Blonde. You and Fuyu have to come next year!

Weezermonkey...thank you girl! The chefs and their teams did such an awesome job keeping us fed. No adult went hungry at TOTNLA.

LadyDucayne said...

I love your photos, but the part that touched me the most is the intro to the blog post.

My students often come in hungry and it is truly heartbreaking to think that the disgusting school lunch may be their one meal they get per day.

Very well said Jeni!

food je t'aime said...

Absolutely stunning pictures! TOTNLA is such a great event...good food and good cause. And it was amazing to meet you that day :)

Irene said...

What a great cause...I will definitely try and make it out next year!

BTW...off topic, but I love your blue dress! Do you mind me asking where you got it?

Oishii Eats said...

LadyDucayne...kids can't learn on a hungry stomach. :(

food je t'aime...it was great meeting you too!

Irene...see you at TOTNLA next year. Oh..my dress...it's ELLA MOSS. It's my favorite summer dress!

Anonymous said...

What a great organization! How much were tickets to Taste of the Nation? I want to make it out next year!

~Daniel

Exile Kiss said...

Hi Oishii Eats,

Seriously, your photos and polish and presentation puts to SHAME the most restaurants' own attempts to sell their image / menu to their customers. :)

Each one of the Share Our Strength's participants should've paid you a fee because you just made everyone look like the best Michelin 3 Star Restaurant in Paris. :)

Great work, thoughts and pics. Thanks! :)

Ookie said...

jeni, that intro truly hit a soft spot - what a sad reality. check.
food for thought. simple answer and yet the problem is so very BIG...

your work is absoulutely AMAZING! love the site.

Oishii Eats said...

Daniel...presale tix were $100, VIP tix were going for $150. Hope you make it out next year.

Exile Kiss...awww...thanks. You totally made my day!

Ookie...huge problem in our community. I know a lot of my students will be back at school this summer for their free lunch and snack. :( School lunches is another huuuge issue we need to fight.

Nomsnotbombs said...

Share Our Strength is an awesome cause. I heard an NPR story recently about how badly hunger affects kids' behavior and attention span in the classroom and how many teachers were bringing in food they brought with their own money. It's devastating!

On a lighter note, gorgeous pictures. I'm doing a little happy dance because you're posting more again :)

Oishii Eats said...

Nomsnotbombs...when my students come in hungry, they are cranky, agitated and emotional. I end up letting them sit in the back for a quick breakfast. Sometimes we try and find extra meal tickets and divide up the extra food. Knowing that you're doing a happy dance, I'll try and post more often. XOXO

abraham said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful pictures!

I can't stop unraveling each post in your blog :D

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