july, 2020

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Wed, July 8, 2020 8:00PM

Virtual Venue

Event Details

What do food justice, community service, and HAMILTON have in common? They intersect with immigration, ownership of the American story, representation, and legacy.
Join us for a mid-week episode of FOCUS ON… to unpack some of these broad themes and to celebrate critical work being done in our community to support our neighbors on Wednesday, July 8th, at 8PM.
We’ll talk with special guests Kyle Connaughton – chef and owner of Three-Star Michelin Restaurant SingleThread; Duskie Estes – celebrity chef and new Executive Director of Farm to Pantry; and Lizbeth Perez – Programs Manager for Corazón Healdsburg and winner of the 2019 Jackie Hoffner Heart & Hope Award.
*******SingleThread will be cooking a special takeaway dinner for the evening – place your orders here! – $25 per order will be donated back to Farm to Pantry
HAMILTON will serve as a launching pad for our discussion, so please watch it ahead of time. The film version of HAMILTON, the Broadway musical debuts on Disney+ on July 3rd. Make it a family affair, and check out the show that launched a new generation of theater-goers, social activists, hip hop fans, and history buffs. 
This will be a live-streamed interview online. Please click here to subscribe to YouTube or click here to follow us on Twitch. Both services will send you an email whenever we go live. You can also meet us over on Facebook!


KYLE CONNAUGHTON is the Owner-Chef of SingleThread. Kyle Connaughton began his culinary career in L.A. with an apprenticeship at one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in the city and continued training in both pastry and savory at Spago Beverly Hills, The Dining Room at Ritz Carlton, Lucques, Hama Sushi, and A.O.C. This was followed by several years cooking in Japan for the famed chef Michel Bras and in numerous traditional Japanese cuisine restaurants. In 2006, Kyle joined Heston Blumenthal to become the Head Chef of Research and Development for the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen. He is a contributor to the “Modernist Cuisine” series, a co-developer of the Culinary Science Bachelors Degree program for the CIA, and co-author of the book Donabe – Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking. In 2014 Kyle co-founded the culinary development firm Pilot R+D with Dan Felder, Dr. Ali Bouzari, & Dana Peck.
DUSKIE ESTES is the Executive Director of Farm to Pantry, a gleaning non-profit rescuing fruits and vegetables from Sonoma County farms and deliver it to people in need. After two decades of dedication to ethical sourcing and advocacy for small farmers in her farm-to-table restaurant, ZAZU Kitchen+Farm and her meat company, Black Pig Meat Co. A graduate of Brown University, Estes’s career has included critical acclaim as well as television appearances on Food Network and PBS. Estes has worked in a variety of mission-driven roles. At Share our Strength, she organized and led a direct service program for chefs in the hunger relief, now known as Cooking Matters. She also ran the kitchen at Glide Memorial in San Francisco serving up to 3,000 people a day. At the White House, she was an intern working on Hillary’s healthcare bill in the Clinton Administration. Last year, she also cycled 300 miles for No Kid Hungry with Chef’s Cycle to raise 2 million dollars with 275 other chefs. 
LIZBETH PEREZ is a Programs Manager for Corazón Healdsburg. Lizbeth was born in Mexico City and has resided in Healdsburg since 2001. Lizbeth comes to Corazón with a variety of professional experience in the wine and hospitality industries. Lizbeth is passionate about her community and has experience working in Mexico as a Social Worker and Adult Educator. Lizbeth has first-hand experience with the challenges of being an immigrant including language barriers, lack of understanding of community systems and requirements, cultural differences, struggling for affordable housing and feeling isolated in her search for better opportunities in life. In 2008 when her first son started kindergarten at Healdsburg Elementary School, Lizbeth got involved with the English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) where she has been a member for many years helping other parents develop leadership skills to make their voice heard asking that Healdsburg Schools meet the needs of all of our children. Lizbeth is a part-time student at SRJC, studying to become an accountant. Lizbeth is thrilled to join the Corazón Healdsburg team where she looks forward to providing community support similar to what she is so grateful to have received, allowing her to fulfill her passion of serving community.