kale @ wanderlust

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Two years ago now, I was forcing two garment racks of designer clothes through the middle of Times Square in knee-deep snow as my phone blew up with Starbucks orders.  Flash forward to now.  Halleluiah, I’m only buying coffee for myself!  Although my heart still beats for New York and my previous life working in wardrobe for film and tv, I have found an extraordinary metier drawing kale from the comfort of my own home and searching high and low for yellow plum tomatoes for a photo shoot.

Nevertheless, when I met Kristin, the beautiful mind behind The Kale Project, we quickly bonded over how our New York lives turned Parisian, passionately re-devoted to food.  Leaving her advertising job behind in New York, Kristin discovered that kale was nowhere to be found in Paris.  The stuffy wartime vegetable did not have the superfood credentials as its American cousin.  In fact, it had been completely forgotten in France.  Although it can often be seen nestled amongst the flowers in public gardens, it was nowhere to be found on plates.  For a little over a year, Kristin has been working directly with farmers, raising awareness, and documenting the movement on her blog. Most recently she can be found sharing her kale creations at Paris’ newest coffee jaunt, Loustic.  Although a simple idea, the movement is indebted to Kristin’s courage and dedication and proof that one person can make a significant change (or insert Ghandi quote here).

I am happy to announce that his Saturday, we will be hosting a free kale workshop at Wanderlust!  Kristin and I will be playing with the aesthetic side of kale by inviting guests to create an edible kale bouquet.  The bouquet can then be turned into a simple spring salad.  And we will be sharing the superfood powers of kale and fun surprises along the way.  We hope to see you this Saturday April 20th from 2-5pm!

Wanderlust, Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

http://www.wanderlustparis.com/events/workshop-adultes-the-kale-project/

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9 comments
  1. you do some incredible illustrations! it sounds like you’re having a great time in paris!

    • thefrancofly said:

      Thank you very much. Greetings from Paris!

    • thefrancofly said:

      Hope to see you Saturday, Lindsey.

  2. Isn’t it amazing how much our lives have changed, Jessie? And it takes a lot of courage to take that first step!

    Have a great time–I have a lot of admiration for Kristin’s project and her determination. You are both two ladies making your own way on your own terms–brava!

    • thefrancofly said:

      Thanks Heather! Wish you could make a kale bouquet with us! Bisou.

    • thefrancofly said:

      le plaisir est partagé

  3. Brilliant – so inspiring that you are both making your dreams work for you in Paris. I’m inspired! And also can’t wait for kale to become de rigeur in Paris, bon courage!

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