Posted: Monday, September 22, 2014 – 2:18 PM
By Victoria Talbot
Following ticket sales that were unfortunately slow and the subsequent cancellation of Sharing the Bounty, a gathering of chefs from famed restaurants across the City to create a Farmers’ Market feast for residents with proceeds to benefit the homeless – Farmers’ Market vendors and ranchers truly shared the bounty directly with the homeless, by bringing fesh farmed food to their kitchens.
Freshly prepared food, slated to be served at the Sharing the Bounty Farmers’ Market 20th anniversary dinner was instead donated to more than 150 homeless individuals and families participating in services at People Assisting the Homeless’ (PATH) Hollywood and Los Angeles shelters on Thursday. PATH is a non-profit organization working to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities.
“Although it’s not the community dinner we originally planned for, the City of Beverly Hills, local chefs and farmers still wanted to share the bounty and assist the homeless. Local farmers donated food, restaurants prepared fresh dishes and we honored the 20th anniversary of Farmers’ Market by providing dinner to those in need at local shelters,” commented Greta Dunlap, Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market Manager.
With a storage room stocked full of canned tuna, box soup, potato chips and condiments, PATH was grateful to receive quality meats and produce to be used in meals served to members. Miguel Llorente, PATH’s head chef, was especially thrilled to cook with fresh ingredients, stating, “These are ingredients I dream about!”
“This effort is a great salute to Beverly Hills’ generous community. When we delivered the food to PATH, people were very thankful,” commented James Latta, Human Services Administrator. “We made two delivering trips to PATH and by the time we returned with the second batch of supplies the rack of lamb was already browning in the oven and filling the shelter with mouthwatering smells.”