Voices From the Kitchen stage production broadcasted virtually for the first time

Voices From the Kitchen is a twice-yearly experiential storytelling project featuring the voices of talented storytellers, writers, activists and thought leaders. The performances are inspired by a chosen theme — “Choices” — told through the lens of food. Proceeds benefit La Cocina’s incubator program, which offers affordable commercial kitchen space and hands-on technical assistance to low-income and immigrant women entrepreneurs who are launching, growing and formalizing food businesses.

In light of Covid, this stage production will be broadcasted for the first time as a virtual show, making it accessible to communities nationwide and beyond. It will premiere at 5:30 PM (PT)/ 8:30 PM (ET) on October 29, 2020, on YouTube. Tickets are FREE, but you must register.

Theme – Choices:

2020 has presented us with an almost endless series of choices, while sometimes simultaneously leaving us feeling that there are few viable options. This production captures inspiring and personal narratives from eight storytellers and two film shorts that speak to this unique time.

The Line-Up: Lauren Whitehead, Jia Tolentino, Aileen Suzara, Noah Cho, Mayukh Sen, Jennifer 8. Lee, Chris Colin, Nic Jay Aulston, Rachel Levin, Esther Elia, Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver, Jia Tolentino, Rinee Shah, Amanda Ray, Vaness Lim, Desire LaCap, George McCalman, Lyssa Park, Iris Chang

This year, you can order a meal kit to enjoy while watching the show from your home. The meal kits feature curated menus by the chefs born out of La Cocina’s incubator program. Food packages will include access to view the show. Chronicle subscribers can enter below to win a meal kit.

Raffle winners will be chosen at random. Winners will receive a unique voucher code, redeemable for a single ticket. Only active San Francisco Chronicle members are eligible to win.  To enter, please fill out all of the fields in the form before midnight Thursday, October 22. Multiple entries will not be considered. Winners will be drawn at random and notified by email Friday, October 23.

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Garden Day to be celebrated virtually this year

Garden Day will be held on 11 October 2020. Compared to past years, this year’s celebration of all things green will be held virtually given our current pandemic.

Created by gardening app Candide, Garden Day is a growing movement uniting people in their love for plants and flowers since 2016. From keepers of rolling lawns, community gardens and vegetable patches to potted window sills, patio planters and urban rooftops, the annual celebration is calling on plant lovers to put on a flower crown, down tools and enjoy the fruits of their labour.


To inspire South Africans to celebrate all things green, Garden Day will host several virtual events in the run-up to Sunday, 11 October including flower crown making workshops, so that you can make your flower crown, the ultimate Garden Day accessory. On the day, the movement will host its first Virtual Garden Day Gathering with a host of events, including a Q&A session with garden guru Tanya Visser, a celebrity flower crown off with actor and comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout and radio and television presenter Zoë Brown, garden-inspired gourmet cooking and more via Zoom and Facebook Live. 

Zoe Brown


This year, Garden Day is especially poignant. Over the past few months, South Africans have turned to their green spaces to find solace and balance. Gardening has been proven to boost both mental and physical well-being and create a sense of belonging and connection. With spring in the air, it offers a chance to pause, reflect and celebrate a season of new beginnings. From enjoying an outdoor picnic with your family to sharing your green haven with friends online, Garden Day is about taking a moment to celebrate the greenery that brings you joy.

Garden = happy times 

According to a recent survey by Candide, 96% of people said they felt happier when spending downtime in their gardens. The findings revealed the most popular garden activities are spending time in a favourite spot admiring plants, listening to birdsong and watching the wildlife, breathing in the fresh air and garden scents, enjoying a cuppa and a chat, taking me time with a quiet bite to eat, playing with the children, reading a book, or lazing on the grass.

Karen Dudley

It’s been proven that if you surround yourself with plants and flowers, you’re likely to be happier. I can attest to that,” says Wolseley-based flower farmer Adene Nieuwoudt. “My flowers keep me energised and enthusiastic. Garden Day is the ideal celebration to express this sentiment.

“There’s unhurried creativity that comes with gardening,” adds award-winning interior designer Donald Nxumalo. “Typically, I’m racing against the clock, but on my balcony, I can let the process evolve slowly. This balances and invigorates me. It inspires my design work.”Nieuwoudt and Nxumalo are among the 2020 Garden Day ambassadors that will put on a flower crown and lead this year’s celebrations. They are joined by some of South Africa’s favourite flower and plant enthusiasts including landscape designer Joy Phala, Babylonstoren’s floral designer Constance Stuurman and master

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You Can Virtually Tour This House to Benefit Charities Supporting Children and the Homeless

Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch
Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

From House Beautiful

For over 45 years, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse has been one of the country’s most illustrious showcases of design—but also an important fundraiser for the Bronx-based Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Over the past few decades, luminaries including Mario Buatta, Bunny Williams, Sheila Bridges, and more have outfitted a townhouse in New York City, which visitors tour with proceeds going to the clubhouse in support of the programming it offers to New York City kids. This year, while the New York showhouse was sadly cancelled due to COVID, the event moved to Dallas, where this week, the first ever Kips Bay Dallas showhouse opened to the public.

Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch
Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

In light of the ongoing pandemic and subsequent social distancing guidelines and travel restrictions, this year, the Dallas showhouse will be the first ever to offer virtual tours—meaning that, no matter where you are, you can “visit” the 12,000 square foot home in Dallas’s Preston Hollow and see rooms by 27 designers in 3D. But even better, the $20 virtual ticket will provide much needed funding not only to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, but to Dallas-based Dwell with Dignity, an organization providing transitional housing to formerly homeless, incarcerated, or abused women and families (read more about Dwell with Dignity here).

Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch
Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

“Each room of the house will be showcased along with a two minute narration of the space by each designer,” explains Jean Liu, who is an avid supporter of Dwell with Dignity and a vice-chair of the house along with Chad Dorsey and chairs Jan Showers, Christopher Peacock, and Veranda’s Steele Marcoux.

On the tour, you’ll be treated to delightfully inventive rooms by the likes of Mark Sikes, Michelle Nussbaumer, Lauren Rottet (whose entry shown above, was inspired by the nearby botanical garden), Traci Zeller, and many more—all decorated in just a few short weeks, and in the midst of a pandemic, no less!

Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch
Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

“Every designer who participated in this year’s event deserves exceptional praise,” says Liu. “Their grit and commitment to delivering top notch design during these uncertain times has been inspiring to witness these past few months.”

Want proof? Take the virtual tour now—or, if you’re in Dallas, purchase tickets for (safely-distanced and mask mandatory) in-person access here.

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