Roots CSA is committed to give back to the community by using a portion of any profit generated to host healthy cooking workshops aimed at teaching local community members how to cook simple, healthy, and delicious meals using the produce from their local CSA farmers! On a quarterly basis, the workshops will rotate amongst the various CSA sites in L.A. and Orange County.
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November 8th, 2015
On Sunday November 8th, Roots Community Supported Agriculture hosted pickling workshop at Farm Organic Cuisine in Monterey Park. This workshop was lead by our awesome friend/food preserver Jessica Wang!
Folks who attended had the chance to get their hands dirty with two pickling recipes. With guidances from Jessica, over 20+ participants pickled some napa cabbage to make some absolutely delicious kimchi! Along with the kimchi, folks pickled some Daikon & Carrot Vinegar Pickles!
If you weren’t able to attend this pickling workshop, you are in luck because we love to share so here are both of the wonderful recipes!
2. Daikon & Carrot Vinegar Pickle: http://www.rootscsa.org/
June 20th, 2015
Roots CSA continued our series of healthy cooking workshops, “Connecting with your Roots,” this teaches community members not only about health and nutrition but also how to cook simple, healthy, and delicious meals. We at Roots feel that this is necessary within the communities we serve because they are used to enjoying their traditional dishes and in the process of preparing some of these dishes; ingredients are usually never measured out but rather added until favors and taste come together. In the process of cooking, no nutritional facts are available so these cooking workshops take traditional dishes community members love and show folks how to make healthier version(less fat, sugar, and salt) of these dishes without compromising the taste and flavors.
On June 20th in partnership with Filipino Migrant Center and American Heart Association, APIOPA was a part of the Check. Change. Control celebration at Hudson Park in Long Beach. This event funded by Dignity Health/ St. Mary Medical Center. We were able to host a healthy cooking workshop lead by Chef Tolosa and her son, Julian. Participants learned how to make a healthier version of Lomi a traditional noodle soup with a mustard leaf salad. Thank you to all the volunteers and organizations for making this possible!
April 25th, 2015 On Saturday, April 25th Roots Community Supported Agriculture, in partnership with the American Heart Association and Filipino Migrant Center hosted a healthy cooking workshop for community members in Long Beach, California. This workshop was led by Chef Tolosa with the assistance of her son, Julian. Both taught the participants how to make a healthier version of Mongo Guisado and Pangat, which are some Filipino dishes. Thank you to all the volunteers and organization for making this possible!
January 25th, 2015 On Sunday, January 25th Roots Community Supported Agriculture, in partnership with the API Obesity Prevention Alliance and the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI), hosted a healthy cooking workshop for community members in Gardena, California.
June 23rd, 2014
El Centro Loretto Apts. in Los Angeles, CA: I had the fortune and privilege to join the people of the apartment in watching Chef Encarnacion Tolosa make the Philippine dish “kare kare”. It was interesting to hear that this dish would require incorporating peanut butter with other elements to create a stew—essentially, peanut butter stew. “Peanut butter stew” has the potential to sound bizarre or ingenious. I thought both. Bizzare, because peanut butter is sophisticated and beautiful on toast next to jelly, with celery, or smothered on a spoon when I spend a quality night with Netflix; I had never seen it in a stew. Ingenious still, because sometimes, the best flavors come from unexpected ingredients. In any case, I was excited to try the dish. Chef Tolosa’s demonstration was part of a cooking workshop hosted by Roots CSA. The premise of the workshop was to raise awareness towards healthy eating and to really introduce not only the environmental importance of sourcing produce more locally, but the economic benefit these small farms would reap as a result of community support. And while she was making the kare kare, Chef Tolosa explained to the audience about the harmful effects of eating food infested with pesticides.
April, 6th 2014
Monterey Park, CA: On Sunday, April, 6th 2014 the Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) officially launched, “Connecting with your Roots,” a new healthy cooking workshop series aimed at teaching local community members not only about health and nutrition but also how to cook simple, healthy, and delicious meals using Asian produce. The first workshop took place at the Bruggemeyer Library in Monterey Park and had over 30 community members in attendance. APIOPA invited Chef May Chen out to share three simple Taiwanese vegetarian dishes that not only taste great but can also help prevent obesity and other health related problems. As a vegetarian for over thirty years, Chef May Chen shared, “My family has a long history of diabetes so I take extra precaution when it comes to my health and what I put into my body. I actually source most of the food I eat from my own backyard.”