Richard Kind performed at Teens For Food Justice's second annual FEAST Gala.
Richard Kind performed at Teens for Food Justice's second annual FEAST Gala.
(© Rob Rich)

Teens for Food Justice held its second annual FEAST gala on November 27 at La Sirena at the Maritime Hotel. Mario Batali hosted the evening, held in honor of Tara Smith.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan were in attendance.
Gloria and Emilio Estefan were in attendance.
(© Rob Rich)

The evening merged theater and the culinary arts in support of healthy, equitable food access and youth-led food justice. This unique event, produced by Eating Their Words, blended the culinary vision of world-renowned Chef Mario Batali with world-premiere short plays commissioned for the evening, from award-winning playwrights Theresa Rebeck, Eisa Davis, and Aurin Squire.

Guests and performers for the evening included Gloria​ Estefan, ​Emilio​ ​Estefan,​ ​Karolina​ ​Kurkova, Kristine​ ​Nielsen,​ ​Richard​ ​Kind,​ ​Gideon​ ​Glick​, Nina​ ​Hellman,​ ​Peter​ ​Kim,​ ​​Isabel​ ​Keating,​ ​Molly-Ann​ ​Nordin,​ ​Carmen​ ​Zilles,​ Rebecca​ ​Naomi​ ​Jones​, and Danyel​ ​Fulton​. Marlo​ ​Hunter​ directed the evening.

The playwrights and actors for the evening get together for a photo.
The playwrights and actors for the evening get together for a photo.
(© Rob Rich)

Teens​ ​for​ ​Food​ ​Justice​ is a youth-led movement to end food insecurity in one generation. Students master the high-tech science and business of hydroponic farming, growing large quantities of produce inside their schools, plus the skills to serve as health/nutrition ambassadors and food justice movement builders within their own food desert communities.