Off The Mat Fundraising Event by Eco Caters, Los Angeles Catering Division

Eco Caters, Los Angeles Catering, cooks for a cause, this time: Off The Mat (OTM), Global Seva Challenge.

Your Los Angeles Caterers were asked by OTM to support a cause that has been around for decades, but seems to be forgotten lately, HIV/AIDS in South Africa. How do they do it? “OTM uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change. They do this by facilitating personal empowerment through leadership trainings, fostering community collaboration, and initiating local and global service projects. They see yogis everywhere taking their yoga off the mat and into the world.” So, when your Los Angeles Caterer got the call we did not think twice and said Yes!

Each year, OTM sponsors an international service project called the Global Seva Challenge. The Global Seva Challenge is a transformational journey that builds community, provokes critical consciousness about global issues of social justice and equity, and raises significant funds to support communities in crisis. In their first two years, the Global Seva Challenge has raised over one million dollars for NGO’s in Cambodia and Uganda and has left a powerful legacy in the communities they have served.

OTM empowers Seva Challenge participants to raise a total of $20,000 each and asks them to do so through collaborating with their local communities. Engaging directly in the Seva grassroots fundraising process builds leadership skills and cultivates dedication and passion to the core mission of the project. Which is exactly what your Los Angeles Catering crew did this past weekend for our client through a cocktail party. We served our Chef’s Choice Cheese display, Antipasto with Marinated Artichoke, Sweet Peppers with Arugula, Marinated Cherry Tomato with Mozzarella, and Mixed Olives. Along with those items, our Los Angeles Caterers put out the Vegetable Crudite with Roasted Onion Dip and House Ranch. Please know both of those dips are housemade. You may be asking “where is the main protein”, well here it is: Spicy Chicken Skewers with Marjoram Red Pepper Yogurt. Which our Los Angeles Caterer notices is always a crowd favorite!

Upon reaching their fundraising goal, participants embark on the Bare Witness Tour, a journey abroad where they will spend two weeks working directly with the organizations their funds support.

The Results…

2008 | Cambodia Seva Challenge: $524,000

2009 | Uganda Seva Challenge: $577,000

2010 | South Africa Seva Challenge: You decide!

It is never too late to get involved in such causes. To learn more about this and other efforts by OTM, please visit their website:

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