Monday, July 20, 2009

Time for Dinner!

Pizza Antica in Lafayette will be hosting an elegant and informative dinner to raise funds for an inspiring project of Slow Food Delta Diablo. The event, entitled “Time for Dinner” will take place Tuesday, August 11, 2009, beginning at 6 pm.

Chef Gordon Drysdale has developed a creative five course menu using sustainable and local ingredients. He will be present to talk about the menu and his food philosophy with guests. In addition, there will be farmers and other producers in attendance to discuss the production of their foods and the importance of healthy eating for children. We will have advocates and Slow Food leaders on hand to talk about the involvement of Slow Food USA in school lunch reform.

This year, in particular, is an important one for Slow Food USA which is launching its “Time for Lunch” campaign to bring good food into schools across the US and to change federal policy on school lunch. This campaign will draw attention to the need for real, healthy food for the more than 30 million children who participate in the National School Lunch Program.

Funds from this dinner will support the Growing Healthy Youth project managed by members of Slow Food Delta Diablo and supported by Kaiser Permanente and Slow Food USA. This is a school garden, taste education and cooking demonstration project at Diablo Community Day School (DCD). DCD is an alternative middle and high school for students in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District who have been expelled from comprehensive schools in the district. In a sense, it is the last chance for these students to complete their education in the district. The school is a small learning community averaging 50 students enrolled in all grade levels.

Gordon Drysdale brings three decades of experience to his role as Partner and Executive Chef of Pizza Antica. Nearly everything on his menu of American-inspired Italian food is hand made down to the mozzarella cheese that tops the restaurant's signature Roman-style pizzas. Prior to joining Pizza Antica, Drysdale spent many years with Real Restaurants in San Francisco running such acclaimed eateries as Bix, the Buckeye Roadhouse and Café Museo at the Museum of Modern Art. Drysdale opened his own place, Gordon's House of Fine Eats, in 1999 where his innovative take on classic American cooking earned him Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurant Award in 2000.

The cost of the evening is $125 per person and includes wine. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets.

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