Teacher Anthony Fuller led a group of his high school students through the gates of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and into the private dining area of FIG Restaurant. As they were sitting down, Fuller called out, “what’s the first thing you do?”
“Napkins on laps…” the teens answered, rolling their eyes. But despite the smirks, these kids were happy and excited to be tasting the food of Chef Ray Garcia, who has been helping them plant a garden at Olympic High, an alternative continuation high school, since last year.
Before working in the school garden, which is affiliated with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign, student Richard Urena admits that he had never even tried a tomato. But because of his experience planting heirloom tomatoes with his teacher and making fresh mozzarella with Chef Garcia, he says, “I had never tasted tomatoes before. But now I love them a lot… there were, like, different colored tomatoes and I didn’t realize that.”