Event proceeds will benefit the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit providing consumer education and alternatives to genetically engineered food
Encinitas, Calif. (Sept. 06, 2012) – Whole Foods Market Encinitas is partnering with The Whole Journey and Feeding the Soul Foundation for an event to bring together like-minded people to dine for a common mission — a cleaner food supply. On Sept. 29, the San Diego foodie and health community are invited to stand up for a good cause while enjoying an evening of farm fresh food, grass-roots live music and a cooking demonstration with Top Chef Miami winner, Chef Brian Malarkey at Stehly Organic Farms. Courses for a Cause will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by visiting: coursesforacause.eventbrite.com/. All event proceeds benefit the Non-GMO Project.
“It is time for us as a nation to take healthcare into our own hands by going back to the basics of eating real, clean and local food. By hosting a farm-to-table dinner, we hope to encourage our community to stay connected to each other and to nature,” said Christa Orecchio, founder and owner of The Whole Journey, a clinical and holistic nutrition company. “With this fundraiser for the Non-GMO Project, we hope to spread knowledge of what has happened to our food supply so that consumers can make informed, empowered decisions about what to eat and how it affects their health.”
To start off the evening, guests will enjoy appetizers and a hand-crafted cocktail hour featuring Nature’s Agave mixologists.
. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the farm, shop at a pop-up farm stand and enjoy Chef Malarkey’s cooking demo. The four-course dinner menu, also created by Chef Malarkey, will feature organic foods from local suppliers including Carlsbad Aquafarms, Homegrown Beef, Eben Haezer Eggs, Stehly Organic Farm and more.
Courses for a Cause will also host a silent auction featuring a catered dinner for six from Whole Foods Market, tickets and backstage passes to the next Feeding the Soul Foundation concert, a three-month membership to Frog’s Fitness and more. While enjoying Malarkey’s all-natural, gourmet meal, guests will also be entertained by some of the area’s best musicians such as Kelsea Little and The Makepeace Brothers.
A 2007 Top Chef Miami contestant and award-winning chef, Malarkey is one half of the brain trust, which in less than two years has launched five wildly successful restaurants in San Diego including, Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone. From delectable Asian cowboy cuisine to a neighborhood style seafood bar, each restaurant has opened to rave reviews. Searsucker was named the country’s second hottest restaurant by Time Magazine and OpenTable’s Diners Choice Awards.
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization that believes everyone has a right to know what they’re eating and feeding their families, especially when it comes to experimental genetically-modified organisms. GMOs are subject to bans and labeling mandates in close to 50 countries around the world, but in the U.S. unlabeled GMOs contaminate as much as 80 percent of packaged foods. The Non-GMO project is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. For more information on the Non-GMO Project, please visit www.nongmoproject.org/.
Tickets start at $150 per ticket and include appetizers, cocktail reception, four-course meal, swag bag, farm tours and more. For ticket and event information for Courses for a Cause please visit coursesforacause.eventbrite.com/.