Austrian chef Nora Pouillon turned on the grow light for the organic food movement when her own Restaurant Nora became the first certified organic restaurant in the U.S. Certification requires that at least 95 percent of all ingredients come from certified organic farmers, growers, and suppliers. The Washington, D.C., restaurant’s certification in April 1999 catalyzed the USDA to further develop organic certification standards and guidelines used for restaurants. Pouillon continued down the organic path to become a founding member and current advisory board member of Wholesome Wave nationally. On Wednesday, March 23, join Wholesome Wave Georgia in celebrating Pouillon’s contributions, her memoir "My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today" and "Cooking with Nora" cookbook. Naturally, there will be organic bites for noshing, and SweetWater Brewing Company will provide beverages. The party starts at 6 p.m. at Atlanta’s EcoManor. Buy tickets online for an Evening with Nora Pouillon, $30 individual/$50 couple (plus small service fee). Ticket sales directly benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia and its mission to strengthen local food communities by empowering networks of farmers to facilitate access to and awareness of healthy food choices and to bring these healthy, locally grown foods home to all Georgians.