NEXT EVENT:
 
Come join us for a very rare and spectacular evening...W.I.L.F.S. and The Kitchen Terminal are beyond excited to bring you James Beard Award Winning cookbook author and teacher Anne Willan!  Founder of the prestigious Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne, which operated in Burgundy France from 1991 until 2007...She'll be joining us for the evening and sharing stories from her long career as a highly decorated Chef, Teacher, Author, and Entrepreneur.  You will not want to miss this!!!!  
 
 WHEN:  May 27th,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
 
WHERE:The Kitchen Terminal,
2617 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
 
TICKET PRICE: $30:
includes evening with Anne...
wine, cocktails, and a variety of savory and sweet treats! 
 
 
 
 
"Secrets from the Culinary Road" and evening with Anne Willan
 
Join James Beard Award winning cookbook author and teacher Anne Willan for a very special evening of snacks, stories, and the secrets to a life well-lived. From the basement kitchens of Versailles to the walled gardens of her Burgundy château, hear first-hand how a part time job teaching glove-making evolved into an amazing career in food. Taste some of Anne's favorite recipes as she shares her secret ingredients to a life in the kitchen which continues with a several book projects in prospect.
 
Books will be available on site for sale and Anne will be happily signing. For more information about Anne:  http://lavarenne.com/about-anne/
 
 
Hope to see you there!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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W.I.L.F.S.,  Border Grill, & LA Kitchen  are honored and beyond
excited to host an evening celebrating the legendary
Chef Nora Pouillon and her newest memoir:
"My Organic Life: How A Pioneering Chef Helped Shape
the Way We Eat Today"Nora Pouillon with Laura Fraser
 
WHEN:  April 30th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
WHERE: Border Grill, Santa Monica, CA
TICKET PRICE: $32, includes admission to event,
appetizers, and cocktail
 
 
 
Nora Pouillon has been a lifelong pioneer and champion of organic, environmentally conscious cuisine.  She founded America's FIRST certified organic restaurant, Restaurant Nora, and made it her mission to bring organic foods to the American table.  Born in Vienna, Austria, Nora came to the United States in the late 1960s. She was shocked to discover the processed, chemical-laden foods Americans were eating, which she realized contributed to their health problems. That's when she embarked on her crusade to promote a healthier lifestyle. Determined to make a difference, first as a teacher and then as the country's premiere organic restaurateur, she charted a path that forever changed our relationship with what we eat. Spanning the last forty years of our culinary history, My Organic Life gives us the remarkable life of a little-known hero of the organic revolution.
This is an evening you do not want to miss!!!!  Come join us for evening of lively conversation, stories, and a glimpse of Nora and My Organic Life. 
Books will be available on site for sale and Nora will be happily signing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***POSTPONED***

 

          Family Friendly Event!  

 
    WHERE: Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey   
(specific location will be given with rsvp)
 
 
W.I.L.F.S AND FarmBox LA will be hosting a picnic in the park! Bring your kids and a blanket along!!!  We have an exciting give away as FarmBox LA will be giving one of their gorgeous farm baskets to a lucky family!  We'll also have a variety of fun (and educational) games geared towards teaching children the importance of fruits and veggies!  With healthy snacks and beverages for everyone to munch on, opportunities for the children to learn about healthy eating and growing vegetables from the seed up...why not come!?!   We'll have a planting station ready to go so they'll get their hands dirty and also take home their own starter plant.  
 
The lovely Reisha Fyzer of FarmBoxLA is passionate about agriculture, nutrition, and cooking. As new a mom she looks froward to hosting this event. She'll be sharing how and why she began FarmBox and what makes them truly unique compared to an online grocer...    In the meantime she would like to offer a coupon to all of you: For $10 OFF your next FarmBox purchase, use code "WILFS" to redeem when checking out.  

 

Tickets for Adults: $15  
Kids Join Us For Free!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAST EVENTS

 

An evening of craft beer, food pairings, private tours and discussions with Founder, Lynn Weaver of THREE WEAV3RS Brewing Company!

WHEN:
Thursday, January 29th 4pm-7pm

WHERE:
Three Weavers Brewing Company and Tap Room
1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Unit A-B, Inglewood, CA 90301

PRICE: $20/person -

RSVP BY TICKET PURCHASE by Jan 28th.

 

 

 

 

Hosted by Nicole Gordillo Schimpf of Tap & Cheer.
Includes a flight of 5 core beers paired with small bites, a rare tasting of the Noble Ale Works/Three Weavers collaboration beer, Messenger, and a private tour of the brewery.

Join the W.I.L.F.S. for a New Year Kick off. Enjoy the beautifully designed tasting room where walls are covered in art by local artists. Learn about how Lynn came to be a successful female owner of a budding new brewery with an award-winning female Brewmaster, Alexandra Nowell.

This is one W.I.L.F.S. event you don’t want to miss!


“To create community through beer,” is the goal of Three Weavers Brewing Company. The company believes in spending time with family and friends and they craft beers that promote such gatherings. The seasonal and variety of their products give reason to frequently gather, share and become a community.

Deeply rooted in the concept of responsibility - to their environment, industry, community and employees, Three Weavers truly exists to share their love and appreciation of well-crafted beer with the world.


 

 
 
 
 
Thanks Be to Giving W.I.L.F.S!
November 11th, 1pm-7pm (time varies!)
 
We are thrilled to be teaming up with S.P.Y. (Safe Place for Youth) on November 11th. No, it's not because we love another group with a catchy acronym for a name... it's that we're pretty darn impressed with all S.P.Y. does for the homeless youth in the Venice community!
We will be preparing and serving a meal for approximately 60 youth, serving about 4:15pm on the day. We're planning a nice Fall meal of Chili, Corn Bread, Salad and Desserts.
  
Click here and sign up to help out or donate goods:   http://bit.ly/1thPvIh

Can't make it and just want to donate a little something please click the donate link below!

(ALL proceeds go directly to SPY)

 

 

 

  

We in need of helping hands, goods, and or donations:
HELPING HANDS:Would you like to help cook? Would you like to Help Serve?---We're in need of 2 cooks from 1pm-3:30pm  (meeting at the home of the lovely Megan Davis in Venice)---We're in need of 6 people to serve from 4:00-5:30 (at S.P.Y. in Venice)
 
GOODS/DESSERTS:Would you like to make a pie?  Cobbler or other yummy treat?---We're in need of 6 donated items that would serve 10 people     (to be dropped off at Megan's in Venice)
 
DONATIONS:Any sort of donation would be amazing! Monetary (we're aiming for donations around $10) to help us get all the food needed for the main course and sides, or perhaps you have a surplus of farm produce or goods!   **Anything that is not spent or used will be donated directly to S.P.Y.
 
They're always in need for clothes for their 'Closet'.  Right now it's getting chillier and warm items like sweaters, jackets, etc. are desperately needed Anything again helps!!!!
  
After service, we'll head over to the home of the lovely Nicole Gordillo Schimpffor some wine and catch up on all the fun stuff - before we all get weighted down with holiday plans! All who have donated money, food and time are welcome!
                                   

  

                   For more info on SPY: http://safeplaceforyouth.org/what-is-spy  
  
 
 
 
What: Fundraiser - Special Private Screening of Documentary Film
"
Ground Operations: From Battlefields to Farm Fields"
with Special Guest Speaker Director Dulanie Ellis 
When: Sunday, August 24th from 4pm-7pm
Where: Westchester Elks Lodge
8025 W Manchester Ave., Playa Del Rey, CA  90293
 

Come join us on Sunday, August 24th from 4pm-7pm at the Westchester Elks Lodge for our most spectacular W.I.L.F.S. fundraiser yet!!!!

 

W.I.L.F.S. will be hosting a private screening of the film Ground Operations: From Battlefields to Farm Fields.  Director Dulanie Ellis will share her award winning documentary film and social action campaign that champions the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers. Let’s help them get started and build their resources, so that veterans can create healthy new lives for themselves and delicious food security for communities across America!  We will have farm-table foods, a viewing of the film, farmer-veteran speakers, and a robust conversation about local food and farming. Veteran Frank Golbeck from Golden Coast Mead will also be offering a Mead Tasting of his locally produced deliciousness.

 

Come join the fun by making this one of your charitable donations for the year!

Ticket cost is $40 per ticket / $75 per couple

Mead Tasting $10 per person

This event will be open to anyone, however we will be limited to 50 spots

 
CLICK HERE TO RSVP
 
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PAST EVENTS
 
What: Guest Speaker Catherine An
When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
 
We met for a beautiful afternoon lunch at Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden + Venue with guest speaker, Catherine An, Managing Partner of House of An restuarant Group (Crustacean, Thang Long, An Catering & Tiato). Thank you to Nicole of Tap & Cheer for helping us organize this event.  We enjoyed the bountiful kitchen garden for a lunch of wholesome comfort food with an exotic bent and a casual, ecoindustrial vibe. Catherine An's Market Garden Cafe concept was named after her mother's favorite ingredient. Tiato has been a staple ingredient for Chef Helen An, of the famous Crustacean Restaurants, cooking for over a decade.
 
What: Garden/Chicken/Bee Trifecta
When: Sunday, May 18, 2014
 
Are you interested in growing your own food? Raising chickens? Keeping bees? You can do any or all of those things right here in Los Angeles. Christy Wilhelmi, AKA Gardenerd, opened up her home to show how bees and chickens can coexist happily with gardens. We enjoyed dishes made from the garden (eggs, honey, and more) and chatted about how you can start a little homesteading paradise for yourself. Christy Wilhelmi is author of Gardening for Geeks and founder of Gardenerd, the ultimate resource for garden nerds everywhere. She grows 70-80% of her family's produce in under 200 square feet. Christy is also a board member of Ocean View Farms organic community garden, an advisory board member of Our Time Bank, and co-chair of this year's Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase.
 
What: Food Photography & Marketing Tips
When: Sunday, April 27, 2014
 
Have you ever wondered how some websites and blogs seem to post the most perfect pictures? How about those gorgeous photos on Pinterest? Well, we know how they do it and we shared! WILFS joined photographers Cassandra Heiser and Inga Sehested as shared their professional tips and secrets on how to create the perfect picture. Both Cassandra and Inga have been professionally working behind a lens for years. Jocelyn Pettway of ModMan Agency shared her tips on when, how, and why to market your photos! Jocelyn handles the Instagram for Kreation Juice which is up to nearly 5k followers! We enjoyed beautiful cocktails, mini sweets, & hors d'oeuvres... all of which we photographed.
 
What: Dining at Fork Restaurant
When: Monday, March 24th, 2014
 
Forget Manic Mondays! We celebrated the evening with wine and delicious food pairings! Through our wine exploration we be tasted amazing pours from Topanga Vineyards and learned how best to utilize and pair a wine based on it’s own attributes. The event was hosted by Elaina Leibee, a beer and wine enthusiast and educator that has worked in Food and Beverage for 16 years, as well as Megan Davis, F&B veteran and GM of the restaurant group that has brought us: Venice Ale House, Bank of Venice and Fork In The Road. Our guest speaker was Sandy Garber, proprietor of Topanga Vineyard Wines. She shared both her wines and journey in the industry.
 
What: Social Media Funday
When: Sunday, February 9, 2014
 
WILFS joined Sara De Leeuw of My Imperfect Kitchen and Melissa Nerdy Talwar of Nerdy Connections as they presented the world of blogging and social media. This was an event organized by W.I.L.F.S. and the LA STILETTO NETWORK. Business owners, current bloggers, interested bloggers and people who would like to better their personal social media brand can all benefit from this event. A mini menu was provided by the restaurant for meal options.
 
What: Fundrasier with Robert Egger 
When: October 2013
 
Amazing guest speaker and James Beard 2004 Humanitarian of the Year, Mr. Robert Egger joined us from the LA & DC Kitchen. Thank you to The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories for an amazing night.
 
What: Compost Essentials with Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd
When: September 2013
 
This month the knowledgeable and humorous Christy Wilhelmi, gardener extraordinaire and founder of Gardenerd, will be taking away our trash…literally! She will be teaching us how to jumpstart, maintain, and tend to a compost pile so that we will have the ability to turn our trash into black gold for our gardens. We will be learning through lunch then taking our scraps to the pile. Apartment dwellers do not fret! We will also be covering info on worm bins in a small spaces. Come on out and get a bit dirty! (Gardenerd.Com is an all-encompassing resource for your garden needs...check it out!)

 

What: Perfect Pickling with Laurie Dill (Your Local Hive)
When: Sunday, August 25, 2013

 

WILFS learned how to pickle and "put up" the bounty of our summer fruits and vegetables, ready to enjoy anytime throughout the rest of the year. The elegant Laurie Dill, a Master Food Preserver, a Master Gardener and founder of Your Local Hive, lead us through the classic refrigerator, fermented and water bath pickles, while showing us how to create the perfect pickle sampler plate. Throughout the evening, we tasted samples from Your Local Hive's artisan product line, while pairing with tastings of their favorite local biodynamic wine from Martian Winery in Los Alamos.
 
What: Personal Training & Nutrition with Nikki Lian
When: Sunday July 21, 2013
 
This even was hosted by business owner and fitness-fanatic Nikki Lian of NYKO Fit! NYKO Fit focuses on bringing clients a balanced physical, mental, and social health. We were personally coached by Nikki through one her fit-breaks! Afterwards shared her nutrition knowledge and tips as we munched down a healthy breakfast! Nikki Lian is an ISSA certified personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist. For over ten years she has been training & teaching people the skills neccessary to making a healthy lifestyle change.
 
What: Urban Farming with Sian Seligman of Sow Swell
When: Sunday, June 30, 2013
 
Green thumb goddess Sian Seligman of SOW SWELL shared tips and tricks as to how to get your own urban farm started. WILFS came on out and got educated! Food and beverages were served as always. ☺ Sow Swell is a design-inspired urban farming company. They seek out the best and most innovative urban farming projects and find ways to make them easily integrated into city living. Check out more info about Sow Swell on the Resource Page!
What: Sweet & Savory Meet-up 
When: Sunday, April 28, 2013
 
This month’s W.I.L.F.S. meeting was sweet & savory! For the next get-together our hostesses were the lovely Hadley Hughes and Clemence Gossett, owners and pastry chefs of The Gourmandise School! Both ladies are well-loved figures in the Santa Monica/LA food community. They shared their kitchen tips as well as secrets of pastry perfection. As entrepreneurs they also shared their business story. A lesson in the kitchen, wise words of wisdom, food & wine… what’s better than that?
 
What: Meet-up with Helen Springut!
When: Sunday, March 24, 2013
 
This month's meet-up was held at "This is Not a Pop-UP". It's the brainchild of two women who are both food and business savvy. One of which is Helen Springut who was our guest speaker. Helen has had quite a journey through the LA food scene and will be sharing some of her industry insight. This is a BYOB event, should you want something of the liquor/beer/wine category. It was a three course dinner family style.
 
What: Coffee Pairings with Wise Coffee 
When: February 24, 2013
 
WILFS discovered how coffee influences our experiences with the food that we pair with it. Like wine pairings, coffee pairings are becoming more and more sought out by chefs, cafés and restaurateurs to heighten their patron’s dessert experiences. We indulged in fruit pies, chocolate treats and desserts, a cream/dairy based dessert, fresh fruit, sorbet, and other scrumptious pastry and dessert offerings by W.I.L.F.S. members, including Red Bread, Venice Ale House, Tracy Kontos, FREITAG Pies and more! Wise Coffee pairied various micro-roasted, organic, fair trade coffees with these amazing treats, providing us the unique opportunity to taste the pairings and their effects on our dessert experiences first hand! Check out more info about Wise Coffee on the Resource Page!
 
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