Friday July 27th 2018 6:30pm

This menu is an ode to California summer. It celebrates the blushing peaches and their fuzz, the neighborhood trees laden with loquats, the resilient mint, the luminous heirlooms, the curvaceous cactus and it’s prickly pear. It’s sunkissed and cooling, grounding and uplifting, full of energy, and made with love. This five-course (mostly vegetarian & wholly gluten-free) feast is both a love poem to Summer and an altar honoring Mother Nature and the ancestors whose wisdom these recipes would not be possible without.

This offering has very limited seating and will be held in the Homestead Garden at our Laurel shop.

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Perla Yasmeen Meléndez is a chef, artist, teacher, and curandera-in -training. She is the owner of Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen, an Oakland-based catering company specializing in Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine. She is inspired by Mother Nature’s color palette, intelligence, and resilience. She believes using plants to heal is a revolutionary act. (She loves revolutionary acts.) She loves harnessing the healing power of plants in her cooking, artwork, and daily life. Perla spends most of her time cooking for clients, her own pleasure, or, in some cases, out of sheer procrastination. It is fair to say that 80 percent of all her time cooking is spent swooning over how beautiful all the fruits and veggies are.