Special guests Shaun Monson, director of Earthlings and Unity, Amy Jean Davis, co-founder of the Love Always Sanctuary and organizer of the Los Angeles Animal Save (plus former contestant on American Idol) and Alec Pedersen, Chairman of The Gentle Barn Foundation Board and co-producer of the film Unity and the upcoming film Overhaul with Shaun Monson, join #LunchBreakLIVE as we feature the scrumptious vegan menu from Hugo’s Agoura Hills. Many of the same delicious items are found at their other locations, including Hugo’s Studio City in Studio City, California, Hugo’s in West Hollywood, California and Hugo’s Tacos in Atwater Village, Los Angeles . Bon Appétit Magazine recently saluted Hugo’s Tacos as one of the Top 80 America’s Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants in Los Angeles, California and Orange County, CA! Choosing eco-conscious paper straws, made by Aardvark Paper Drinking Straws, over plastics, let’s hear co-owner Tom Kaplan’s story behind this epic decision to bring ECO to Hugo’s over six months ago! In addition, we’ll hear about the Kaplan Family partnership with the El Nido Family Centers, launching their upcoming Family Centers’ Kitchen in Pacoima, California. Also, look for Amy Jean and Shaun on the premiere issue of Raise Vegan magazine. Check out Amy’s ECO choices at CocoStraw and To-Go Ware as well. Plus, we hear the exciting announcement of Amy and Shaun’s baby!
Note* After 5 years of planning, grants and fundraisers the Kaplan Family and the El Nido Family Centers, whose mission is to empower families in low-income communities of Los Angeles County to break the cycle of poverty, child abuse and neglect, violence, academic failure and teen pregnancy through outstanding educational youth development and health services, are opening their doors of their new family kitchen. They’ve taken an industrial building and painted it, set 40+ garden beds and planted a small orchard. They’ve also started cooking classes (mostly raw), job training classes and entrepreneurial skills classes. Committed to continuing to help these amazing kids learn healthy cooking, nutrition and job skills, they’re helping them with getting into college or owning their own businesses.
Anybody interested, or knows somebody who might be, in INTERVIEWING for hire one of their graduates, let them know asap to help with their grant writing. Also, please check out the shopping list below and see if there’s an item or two you can help STOCK THE KITCHEN. Your donations are welcomed!