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Sharon Lawrence Helps Green Wish LA Host Fundraiser Sunday with KNEAD at Grand Central Market

Green Wish LA has teamed up with KNEAD & Co. Pasta Bar to host a food and music event Sunday evening at Grand Central Market, to raise funds for local green organizations

Windsor Square resident and prominent actress Sharon Lawrence sent word about a food and music event she’s doing for Green Wish LA, a non-profit that helps raise funds for local food and conservation organizations. KNEAD Chef Bruce Kalman, who is also a musician, is hosting at his restaurant at Grand Central Market, on Sunday, August 14, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

Dubbed, “The KNEAD to Give – Powered by Green Wish,” the evening promises delicious bites from several of Grand Central Market’s most popular eateries, including Ramen Hood, DTLA Cheese, Valerie Confections, G & B, Golden Road Brewery, Moruno, Oyster Gourmet and of course, KNEAD & Co, which will be showcasing a new CoolHaus collaboration — cannoli ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies.  There will also be a Green Wish discount for food and beverages at Bomba, Olio and other GCM vendors.

Chef Bruce Kallman, Ed Begley, Jr, Sharon Lawrence and Raphael Sbarge at a farmer's market last fall
Chef Bruce Kallman, Ed Begley, Jr, Sharon Lawrence and Raphael Sbarge at a farmer’s market last fall

Lawrence told the Buzz she was an early member of the green ‘tribe’ here LA, serving on the board of numerous other organizations like Heal the Bay, ECO and Global Green. She currently serves on the board of Green Wish LA, along with Ed Begley Jr. and his wife Rachelle Carson, and local architect Scott Harris, of William Hefner Studio, who designed Begley’s state-of-the-art eco-friendly home. Harris serves as board president.

Green Wish partnered with Chef Bruce Kalman last year for a fall family-style dinner at his South Pasadena restaurant Union.

“We went to Bruce because of his activism on the issue of sustainability in the food industry,” said Lawrence.

This year’s partnership adds music to the mix, with Kalman as the frontman in a chef cover band, Foie Grock, along with pastry chef and television personality Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes. Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for kids (ages 5-17). There will also be both a live and silent auction.

Green Wish promises 90 cents of every dollar raised Sunday evening will go to the following five local organizations:

Local LA Charities

Food Forward-­‐ Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.

HoneyLove – HoneyLove is a Los Angeles based non-profit conservation organization with a mission to protect the honeybees by educating our communities and inspiring new urban beekeepers.

Muir Ranch Pasadena – In 2011, a dedicated team of volunteer teachers and students began converting 1.5 acres of the John Muir High School campus into an urban farm. Muir Ranch grows a variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit that are included in weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes as well as school cafeteria lunches. Students can complete community service or internship graduation requirements by enrolling in classes at the Ranch. Muir Ranch also provides paid internships to students, which are funded by private donations, special events, farmer’s market sales, and subscriptions to the produce box program (CSA).

Hollywood Orchard– To better neighborhood quality of life by operating a community orchard that is a teaching model for sustainability through its workshops on growing fruit locally, and sharing the food in open-air events held in the Beachwood Canyon community, outreach communities, and food-charity organizations. Food from some of their canning events will also be at the event on Sunday evening.

FoLAR Is a non-profit organization founded in 1986, whose mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship. Once home to steelhead and grizzlies, the Los Angeles River meandered through wetlands, marshes, willow, alder and sycamore, providing desperately needed water for the region. Now running over 50 miles long – from the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley to the ocean in Long Beach – the Los Angeles River flows through 14 cities and countless neighborhoods. When the Army Corps of Engineers initiated a flood control project in the late 1930′s, they began the process of paving 80% of the River, creating the world’s largest storm drain. Over the ensuing decades, the River that had been the sole water supply for the City of Los Angeles before the Los Angeles Aqueduct was completed in 1913 almost disappeared from public consciousness. With the cement came a perceptual shift: the River no longer existed. Instead, it was a “flood control channel,” a no-man’s land, surrounded by fences and signs.

Green Wish was started by actor Raphael Sbarge several years ago to raise funds for local green non-profits. Seeing the challenges his children’s schools were facing teaching and implementing green practices, Sbarge came up with the idea of helping raise awareness and funds for local organizations. He’s designed Green Wish to be scalable to other communities and had already set up chapters in three other cities.

For tickets visit The KNEAD to Give – Powered by Green Wish.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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