The relationship between Denver Urban Gardens and the locally oriented eatery Root Down began last September at a cooking contest. We had a big picnic in Ruby Hill Park celebrating the groundbreaking of our 100th community garden, explains DUG spokes-woman Abbie Harris. We had an Iron Chef-style competition where we used secret ingredients from our community farms, and chefs from seven restaurants had to come up with dishes right there on the spot. Root Downs Daniel Asher won, and he and DUG have talked about doing an event together ever since. GreenShoots2, which takes place tonight at Root Down, is the culmination of their efforts.
Harris describes the night as an opportunity for people to get together and celebrate community gardens and urban agriculture. GreenShoots2 will include garden-themed appetizers, door prizes, and screenings of A Garden in Every Neighborhood, a short documentary about the research DUG has done with the Colorado School of Public Health. It looks at how community gardens affect public health and how theyre good for neighborhoods, Harris says.
Proceeds from the event will go to support DUG, which has more than 100 community gardens in the metro area and close to twenty new ones to come in the next year, as well as various outreach and education programs.
GreenShoots2 begins at 7:30 p.m. at Root Down, 1600 West 33rd Avenue. Buy tickets, $20, at www.dug.org/tickets or at the door.
Wed., June 22, 7:30-10 p.m., 2011