Please Join PCGC and Union Pasadena’s Chef Bruce Kalman At the Historic Henry A. Robinson House April 29, 2017

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The Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy is pleased to announce that Chef Bruce Kalman of Pasadena’s renowned Union Restaurant will create a fabulous buffet of Northern Italian cuisine for guests at our 2017 Seeds of Transformation Garden Party on Saturday, April 29, at the Henry A. Robinson House.

Chef Bruce, a James Beard award nominee and star of the Food Network, is known for designing what he calls “a deeply personal, seasonally Californian interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine.” His succulent meat dishes, homemade pastas, and house-pickled vegetables have helped earn Union Pasadena national renown in just two years, with appearances on “best of” lists from the L.A. Weekly to The New York Times. The menu, which will be paired with vintage Italian wines, will include Chef Bruce’s signature specialties including duck prosciutto, pork meatballs, lemon chicken, sustainably-harvested fish, and house-made pastas and cheeses. A well-known pastry chef, he’ll finish the menu with classic Italian favorites cannoli and tiramisu.

The Conservancy is an all-volunteer “homegrown” nonprofit foundation that stewards and finances school and community gardens in Northwest Pasadena’s neglected “food desert” neighborhoods and underwrites Master Gardeners to educate families and coordinate programs. In just four short years, the Conservancy has supported four new gardens and two Master Gardeners – including creating the first full-time Master Gardener position serving 5,000 of Pasadena’s public school students.

Each year, the Conservancy’s volunteer Board of Directors must raise from the community all of the funds that PCGC donates to projects to improve family health and promote botany education in Northwest Pasadena. The Conservancy depends on the generosity of local individuals, families, foundations, and corporations to help meet Northwest Pasadena’s great needs. Requests for Conservancy funds have more than tripled in four years.

The 2017 Garden Party will take place amidst three acre of magnificent gardens at Robinson House, a 1905 Craftsman masterpiece on South Grand Ave. The home and grounds, designed in 1905 by the Greene Brothers, has been carefully restored over several years by owners Phaedra and Mark Ledbetter. Community leaders Bea Bennett and Adele Binder are serving as Patron Chairs, and Susan Osen and Jill Hotvet are Event Chairs.

Tickets, starting at $150 per person, are available by clicking here. Patron donations of $500 and above include two tickets to the April 29 event, along with a private patrons-only party at a private estate. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Chef Bruce Kalman of Union Restaurant plans the April 29 Seeds of Transformation menu with,
L to R: Susan Osen, Beth Hansen, Union partner Marie Petrullo, Jill Hotvet, Eileen Read, and Union employee Jules Exum.