Courses for a Cause Brings Farm-Fresh Food to the Table, Sept. 29

Event proceeds will benefit the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit providing consumer education and alternatives to genetically engineered food

Chassie Bell
Whole Foods Market
(760) 274-1590

Encinitas, Calif. (Sept. 06, 2012) Whole Foods Market Encinitas is partnering with The Whole Journey and Feeding the Soul Foundation for an event to bring together like minded people to dine for a common mission for a cleaner food supply. On Sept. 29, the San Diego foodie and health community are invited to stand up for a good cause while enjoying an evening of farm fresh food, grass-roots live music, and cooking demonstration with celebrity Chef, Brian Malarkey at Stehly Organic Farms from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets for Courses for a Cause, can be purchased by visiting: with all event proceeds benefiting the Non-GMO Project.

“It is time for us as a nation to take healthcare into our own hands by going back to the basics of eating real, clean, and local food. By hosting a farm-to-table dinner, we hope to encourage our community to stay connected to each other and to nature,” said Christa Orecchio, founder and owner of The Whole Journey, a clinical and holistic nutrition company. “With this fundraiser for the Non-GMO Project, we hope to spread knowledge of what has happened to our food supply so that consumers can make informed, empowered decisions about what to eat and how it affects their health.

To start off the evening, guests will enjoy appetizers and a hand-crafted cocktail hour featuring Nature’s Agave Mixologists. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the farm and shop at a pop-up farm stand and enjoy a cooking demo by celebrity chef, Brian Malarkey. The four-course dinner menu, also created by Malarkey, will feature organic foods from local suppliers including Carlsbad Aquafarms, Homegrown Beef, Eben Haezer Eggs, Stehly Organic Farm and more.

Courses for a Cause will also host a silent auction featuring items such as a catered dinner for six from Whole Foods Market, tickets and backstage passes to the next Feeding the Soul Foundation concert, a three-month membership to Frog’s Fitness and more.  While enjoying Malarkey’s all-natural, gourmet meal, guests will also be entertained by some of the area’s best musicians such as Kelsea Little and The Make Peace Brothers.

A 2007 Top Chef Miami contestant and award-winning chef, Malarkey is one half of the brain trust, which in less than two years has launched five wildly successful restaurants in San Diego including, Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone. From delectable Asian cowboy cuisine to a neighborhood style seafood bar, each restaurant has opened to rave reviews, including Searsucker being named the country’s second hottest restaurant by Time Magazine and OpenTable’s Diners Choice Awards.

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization that believes everyone has a right to know what they’re eating and feeding their families, especially when it comes to experimental genetically modified organisms. GMOs are subject to bans and labeling mandates in close to 50 countries around the world, but in the U.S. unlabeled GMOs contaminate as much as 80% of packaged foods. The Non-GMO project is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. For more information on the Non-GMO Project, please visit

Tickets start at $150 per ticket and include appetizers, cocktail reception, four course meal, swag bag, farm tours and more. For ticket and event information for Courses for a Cause please visit

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About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 69,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has more than 325 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

About The Whole Journey

Based in Encinitas CA and founded in 2005 by Clinical and Holistic Nutritionist Christa Orecchio, The Whole Journey is a clinical nutrition and holistic health practice established to help people live healthier, happier and more energetic lives through whole food nutrition, supplementation and healthy lifestyle guidance. They are the only nutritional practice whose programs combine a functional diagnostic approach with holistic principles of looking at the whole individual beyond just the physical. All health programs are uniquely tailored to the individual, focusing on holistically healing common chronic health concerns from the root cause, in lieu of addressing individual symptoms. Their mission is to protect the food supply while helping as many people as possible to achieve vibrant health. Christa, their founder, is a regular weekly guest on Fox5news San Diego with a platform of food as medicine and a mind body approach to wellness and nutrition. (phone) 760.533.0163 (websites) 

About Feeding the Soul Foundation:

The Feeding the Soul Foundation promotes concerts for causes, bringing community together in creative generosity. The foundation promotes local artists, charities and businesses that make a positive difference by creating events that draw attention and opportunity to their talents and intents. Proceeds of each show benefit a different local, national or global charity. Since its formation in March, 2010, the Feeding The Soul Foundation has donated more than $40,000 to organizations that feed the hungry, empower young women through music, promote environmental responsibility, and free slaves around the world.