Friday, October 22, 2010

Artisanal LA: Have You Gone Local?

Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local

We are extremely lucky to be part of such a diverse entrepreneurial city!  Los Angeles is teeming with countless, unique, local purveyors.  It's so important to take advantage of this remarkable resource. When you purchase local products you're helping out in more ways than you can imagine:  you're strengthening the economic base of the community, preserving the character of our community by fostering one-of-a-kind businesses, reducing environmental impact, helping to provide more jobs to residents and most importantly you are encouraging local prosperity.  It just plain feels good to buy local.   Many Angelenos don't know the myriad of genius local products that are available to them - this is where Shawna Dawson comes in!  She is the creator of the first annual Artisanal LA , a 2 day extravaganza taking place this weekend October 23 & 24, 11am-6pm, dedicated to shopping, tasting and learning all there is to celebrate local, handmade goods.  There will be workshops with independents like Wollypocket,  Demo's on Pickling 101 with our famous local ladies Chicks with Knives, Panels on Local Beekeeping with Backwards Beekeepers, a book signing with Primal Cuts: Cooking With America's Best Butchers author Marissa Guggiana, just to name a few.  The list goes on and on - there will be over 75 vendors showcasing their local products.  Artisanal LA takes place Downtown at The Cooper Design Space Penthouse.  Tickets are $10 (if purchased ahead of time through Eventbrite) and $15 at the door - cost of admission pays for both days! Children 12 and under are free (yes, it's a family friendly event - lots of crafts for the kids to do throughout the day!).   Remember:  Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local!

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