Join us this August 23, 2018 for API Forward Movement’s annual fundraiser, Farm to Chopsticks, emcee’d by DANakaDAN! This year we are proud to feature dinner from GREEN ZONE Organic Pan-Asian Cuisine - a restaurant that regularly supports the local, small farmers of APIFM’s Food Roots network. We’re also thrilled to bring you a demo and tasting from Korean-Argentinian “master griller” CHEF PABLO KIM, founder of Pablo Kim’s Chimichurri and one of the top 11 finalists of Masterchef Latino 2017. And don’t miss out on drumming from KIWA’s Generating Action through Resistance and Culture group! This is also your chance to celebrate this year’s APIFM community leader awardees, and bid in our SILENT AUCTION!

Interested in sponsoring Farm to Chopsticks 2018? Check out the sponsorship form here. Thank you to our current sponsors: Capital Group, IW Group, California Endowment, Nielsen, The Wilderness Society, and the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment! Please check out the full list of supporters and contributors for this year's event here.

You can also support this year by participating in our SILENT AUCTION. Taking bids now until the end of this year's Farm to Chopsticks! Items include unique art pieces, Samsung NOOKs, and much more.

All proceeds from Farm to Chopsticks will support Forward Movement's grassroots education and organizing for food, health, and social justice in AANHPI communities of Los Angeles County.

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Farm to Chopsticks Logistics
Date: August 23, 2018
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Garden Tea Room
Attire: Business Casual
Parking:  Here are a few parking lots in the area:

Joe’s Auto Parks
350 E. 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA, 90012 (4 min walk)
Rate: $10 daily / $5 after 4pm
Time: 6:00am-12:30am

Japanese Village Plaza
111 S. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90012 (5 min walk)
Rate: $10
Time: 24/7 (no overnight parking)

Aiso Parking Lot
101 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (5 min walk)
Rate: $14 daily / $3 after 5pm
Time: 7:00am - 12:00am

Joe’s Auto Parks (Little Tokyo Mall)
319 E. 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA, 90012 (3 min walk)
Rate:$10 daily / $5 after 4pm
Time: 24/7

About Our Awardees

Ken's Top Notch Farms
In 1992 Ken Lee purchased 20 acres of land after leaving the world of engineering behind to return to his farming roots. In the 25 years since, his farm has grown into a 250 acre certified organic orchard. Ken takes great pride in farming in the safest and most environmentally friendly way possible and loves making people happy with his beautiful organic produce. Ken's farm is part of APIFM's Food Roots network.

Jessie Sanchez is a Filipina American Eagle Rock resident who is so enthusiastic about healthy eating and our program that she’s been coming to multiple classes per week in different neighborhoods—Historic Filipinotown and Chinatown. Besides attending classes, Jessie has also stepped up as a leader, volunteering to help out when we offer pop-up produce markets and when we table at community events. She credits the classes with teaching her how to lower her sodium intake. “Before, I didn’t use herbs, except onion powder, pepper, and bay leaves for Adobo. But now I’m using all the different herbs! Like paprika, thyme, and oregano. Also, I’m trying different kinds of vegetables. I’ve started eating healthier. I am cooking the recipes from the [SNAP-Ed] cookbooks. I also share what I learn with my neighbors and members of my church." Jessie came with APIFM to speak about her healthy eating journey at a statewide conference on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education this past year.

Lisa Thong is a marketing and public affairs consultant with more than ten years of experience in government, nonprofit and private sectors. In a volunteer capacity, Lisa currently serves as Vice President of the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, a consumer protection board. She was appointed to a public member position by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016. Most recently, Lisa was an Account Director at IW Group managing portfolios which included California Community Foundation, the Hepatitis B campaign for the Centers for Disease Control, City of Hope and more. Previous work experience also includes service as senior special assistant at the Office of State Controller John Chiang as well as field representative at the Office of State Senator Jack Scott. While at Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) during the 2008 General Elections, Lisa worked on nonpartisan civic engagement issues impacting the AAPI communities in the Greater LA area. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and a sequence in Asian American Studies. Lisa currently serves as Board Chair for APIs Mobilize and is a member of the CAUSE Leadership Council. A daughter of refugee parents, Lisa is committed to public service and advocacy for diverse communities.
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About Our Emcee
DANakaDAN is an alternative rap artist from Los Angeles, CA. His eclectic, high energy style draws on inspiration from everything from Macklemore, to Skrillex, to J-Cole. On top of music, DAN is known for his work with pioneer digital artists Wong Fu Productions and pioneer musicians, Far East Movement, as a lead producer + personality. Through his work with these artists he's produced over 150 digital films, features, and music videos including his personal documentary series, AKA DAN, where he documents his life as a Korean Adoptee meeting his biological family for the first time including an identical twin brother he never knew about. HIs digital work has been seen by millions online around the world. He recently worked with NBC to put out the sequel to the documentary, AKA SEOUL, which is currently making its rounds in the Film Festival circuit. He's been featured on MSNBC, BBC, NPR and has even been invited by the White House where he took part in activities to help amplify the work of the Asian Pacific American arts communities. As an musician he's been able to travel the world performing and collaborating with artists from all walks of life. He's collaborated and worked with other digital artists like David Choi, Lydia Paek, Ryan Higa, The Kinjaz, Ki Hong Lee, Clara C, and more. DAN’s second album, “Escape from L.A.” is currently available online at all music streaming platforms. For more information please visit him on social media @DANakaDAN or his website

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Dinner by JiL Cam of GREENZONE

Chef JiL is one half of the duo that runs GREENZONE Pan-Asian Cuisine. Inspired to offer healthy, organic Asian food that doesn't sacrifice flavor, JiL Cam, her partner Terry, and their 9 year old daughter dreamed up the menu for GREENZONE in 2006. Since then, the restaurant has expanded to two locations in San Gabriel Valley, and has been featured in LA Eater, LA Times, LA Weekly, LA Magazine, and many other outlets! APIFM is proud to source produce to JiL and GREENZONE from our Food Roots network of small, local farmers. GREENZONE's dinner at Farm to Chopsticks will feature those same veggies!

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Demo and Tasting with CHEF PABLO KIM

Chef Pablo Kim was born in Argentina. The son of Korean immigrants, he was raised in a mix of European, Latino, and Asian culture. In Argentina there are two major passions: fútbol and asado. Pablo was a fan of fútbol but he was fascinated with Argentinian barbecue since childhood. Starting as a teenager, Pablo made asado at the beach, on the street, and in the backyard for friends and family, incorporating Korean flavors with traditional Argentinian cooking. Immigrating to the United States in high school, Pablo graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2007. Although initially working in finance, Pablo never forgot his passion for asado. In 2016, after observing that there was no widely-available brand of chimichurri in the American market, he decided to create his own brand: Pablo Kim’s Chimichurri. In 2017, Pablo was part of Masterchef Latino, making it into the top 11 finalists. After this experience, Pablo decided to start his catering service, with the intention to share the Argentinian Asado that he grew up with.

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Drumming by KIWA GARAC More info to come! Back to top
Silent Auction

We're hoping you'll support us by starting a friendly bidding competition for a good cause. This year's silent auction is online, and closes during the Farm to Chopsticks event on 8/23/18. Prizes include a 2-night hotel stay in Baja, Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOKs, and custom fishing rods! Get your bids in now!

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Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!
Interested in sponsoring Farm to Chopsticks 2018? Check out the sponsorship packet here.

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