Edited by Chef Seth J. Cloutman, the 2012 Children of the Refugio Cookbook First Edition has been published.
Please support this project and purchase a copy and show your continued support for the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (RISE).
The cookbook is a collection of recipes from restaurants as well as community members. All profits from the sale of this publication will be split between RISE and the Gardens and will be available throughout the year at participating businesses. It is also available in the Vallarta Botanical Gardens gift shop.
Portraits of the Children of RISE, taken at the Botanical Gardens, are interspersed with recipes and photos of the dishes. Vallarta photographer, Paul van Vleck, has donated the children's portraits. Rebecca Texier, a New York City based photographer, has donated food shots. Henry Baker, a Washington DC based graphic designer, has donated the design and layout of this 60 page, full color glossy collection.
Some of the restaurants included in the cookbook include Trio, Vitea, No Way Jose, Cafe des Artistes, River Cafe, Trattoria Michel and many more. Each of the featured restaurants will also be participating in the February 11, 2012 annual RISE for Hope fundraiser.
To make donations, the foundations have online payment options for RISE and Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
Please support this project and purchase a copy and show your continued support for the Gardens and the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza.
Update December, 2012: Sorry, the cookbook was sold out and we will let you know if there is a reprint.
Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (RISE) is a non-profit shelter for babies and children under the age of 18 who have been turned over by DIF, a Mexican government social services organization that protects the rights of children. RISE opened its doors in March 2001. Some of these beautiful children come from unbearable situations having been abused, neglected, or simply abandoned. Some have been transferred from other facilities because of overcrowding, and many have been in institutions for most of their young lives.
The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a non-profit educational research center and pleasure garden high in the glorious Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in 2004 and opened to the public in 2005, the mission of the Gardens is to build Mexico's greatest botanical garden and is dedicated to the research and education of plant life, as well as showing the public all the beauty that nature has to offer.
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