The dedicated employees and volunteers at Community Food Bank work with 180 partner agencies—ranging from schools and community centers to places of faith—in an effort to combat the high level of food insecurity throughout Fresno, Madera, and Kings Counties. Operating out of a 50,000-square-foot distribution center, the team delivers more than 22 million pounds of food each year, including 12 million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables, to clients in the community experiencing food hardship. The staff and volunteers also train their partner agencies on nutrition, food safety, and the effects of hunger to increase the impact of their work in the community. Every month, 160,000 clients get to enjoy nutritious meals thanks to programs such as Nutrition on Wheels, a mobile kitchen, and the BackPack Program, which provides weekend meals to children who may not have a stable source of food at home.
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Friday Night Live, a hybrid evening of stepping satisfaction, begins with a 50-minute beginner or intermediate/advanced ballroom-dance lesson led by BallroomLIVE's expert instructors. After repairing your pair of left feet, enjoy dinner and cocktails at 7:30 p.m., and then delve into dancing until 10 p.m. Use the night as a chance to implement freshly refined steps or to simply enjoy an active soiree with dance-minded minglers. For additional pre- or post-event education, check out today's feature deal for three group-dance lessons at BallroomLIVE.
Arte Américas is a nonprofit cultural emporium of Latin-Americana that integrates more than 10,000 square feet of eclectic artwork, theater classes, live music, book readings, poetry slams, and many workshops. This season's summer concerts in the Plaza give you a chance to gyrate your hips to the sizzling cumbia of La Sonora Explosion Dinamitera (August 6); groove to the songs of Santana as delivered by Zebop (September 3); or anachronistically Charleston to 40-Watt Hype's fusion of hip-hop, Latin, soul, and R&B (September 10). And come Mother's Day, your membership puts you y tu mama tambien on the VIP list for the perpetually sold-out Rebozo Festival, which recognizes the achievements of Hispanic women in categories other than Being Salma Hayek. The laid-back atmosphere of Arte Américas is reflective of the vibrant Hispanic and Latino influences found throughout the museum as you stroll around, absorb the creative energy, and daydream about siestas where you're dreaming about siestas.
After working at Disneyland as part of the Disney College Program, Dreams Come True Entertainment’s owner Leeanna French couldn’t put her princess obsession to rest. Rather than spending her life waiting for a prince or book deal to come, she flipped this experience into motivation to start her own business. Today, she and her staff of trained dancers add a professional flair to parties with the arrival of costumed characters ranging from evil queens to Jedis, all of whom have been classically trained to portray authentic accents.
Raul and Maria Gutierrez were raised on fajitas in their native Mexico, where many families raise their own chickens and make tortillas by hand. After honing their culinary skills in several Houston restaurants, the couple chased their dreams to Fresno, where Fajita Fiesta was born. Instead of sprouting from a pinto bean, the eatery sprang from one of the Gutierrez’s favorite dishes: tacos al carbon, a union of handcrafted tortillas, fresh pico de gallo, and charbroiled steak, chicken, or pork. Made fresh every hour, the tortillas serve as a canvas for creativity by exhibiting savories such as grilled shrimp, onions, and poblano peppers. For deep-fried fare such as chimichangas and sopapillas, Raul and Maria use canola oil to minimize saturated fat. Margaritas add a heady kick to the evening's festivities, and horchatas end meals on a sweet cinnamon note, with textures smoother than a freshly shorn saxophone. The kitchen also caters feasts for a variety of events, filling bellies with hearty chicken moles and bite-size eats such as mini taquitos.
The sound of water burbling in a fountain greets patrons as they enter North India Bar & Grill. Further in, ornate chandeliers dangle from the ceiling, illuminating rows of plush, copper-colored banquettes. On select nights, part of this dining room transforms into a nightclub, where your can down an extra-spicy indian mary or spin around and around in circles before anybody notices you literally have two left feet.
As visitors let loose a few yards away, chefs buzz about the kitchen, pouring honey-cashew cream sauce over tender morsels of lamb and marinating chicken in authentic spices before roasting it in a 900-degree oven. They also concoct a selection of Indian-American fusion recipes including a flatbread wrap loaded with cream cheese and lamb and a tandoori-chicken pizza.