Foundation Rwanda and La Brea Bakery present Foundation Rwanda: An Evening of Food & Fotos LA, an evening of award-winning photography combined with fine cuisine from some of Los Angeles’s top chefs to support women and children affected by the 1994 genocide. The first annual LA Food & Fotos event will take place at The Paley Center for Media on April 7th, 2011 at 6:00 pm.
The evening will feature signature dishes from top chefs including Suzanne Goin (AOC, Lucques, Tavern, Hungry Cat), Dahlia Narvaez (Pizzeria Mozza) and Suzanne Tracht (Jar) in addition to other leading chefs and mixologists. Foundation Rwanda: An Evening of Food and Fotos LA, is also sponsored by 901 Silver Tequila, and will feature photographic art including the Intended Consequences exhibit of portraits and testimonies from Rwanda by Newsweek photojournalist Jonathan Torgovnik. The exhibition, underwritten by CBS, will be on view at The Paley Center for Media gallery March 2 – May 1, 2011.
“Foundation Rwanda’s innovative use of new media and photography informs us about the consequences of sexual violence and genocide and inspires us to take action. The children that Foundation Rwanda supports may represent Rwanda’s dark past, but they also represent the light and hope for a better future through education,” said Nancy Tellem, Sr. Advisor to the CEO, CBS Corporation.
Founded by Torgovnik and Jules Shell, Foundation Rwanda was established to improve the lives of children born as a result of sexual violence during the Rwandan genocide by providing funding for their education; linking their mothers to income generating activities and psychological and medical support services; and raising awareness about the consequences of genocide and sexual violence through photography and new media.
“We are honored to have joined Foundation Rwanda to help bring awareness to this very important cause,” says John Yamin, CEO of La Brea Bakery. “One night of camaraderie with our culinary friends will positively impact the lives of thousands of women and children who are faced with the consequences of this terrible tragedy each and every day.”
The event will also include an auction of high-end culinary items and entertainment and sports experiences. All proceeds raised from the evening will benefit Foundation Rwanda to help sponsor education for 1500 children in Rwanda. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.foundationrwandafoodandfotos.com