Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

May 8, 2015
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FTT-2015-invite-postOn Saturday July 25, 2015, The Sylvia Center invites you to our annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner in the fields of Katchkie Farm. Our dinner will feature seasonal and local ingredients. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit The Sylvia Center’s programs in Columbia County. We hope you will join us for this delicious night at the Farm!



Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman

Debbie & Ralph Gardner

Steven Harris & Lucien Rees-Roberts

Renée Iacone & Steve Clearman

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger


Committee Members

Rob Arango & Gary Stefanick

Peter Aschkenasy

Didi & David Barrett

John Banta & Daniel O’Donnell

Jennifer Baum

Sebastian Beckwith

Elliot Berkowitz & Kelly Schunk

David & Betsy Berliner

Scott Berrie

Myra & Charles Biblowit

Mark Chaikowski

Warren & Lenny Collins

Cindy & David Edelson

Sheldon Evans & Martha McMaster

Nina Freedman

Ben Giardullo

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman

Judy Grunberg

Jean Hamilton & Rick McCarthy

John Hannam

Nicholas Haylett & Timothy Husband

Jacob Israelow & Tanushri Kumar

Beth Linskey

Michelle Lovelace & Lloyd Zimett

Dean Martinus

Stephen Metcalf & Koethi Zan

Dodi Meyer, MD

Amy & Curt Middleton

Howland Murphy

Michael Pollack & Barbara Marcus

Ruth Reichl

Steve Rosenberg

Nina Simmons

Paul Shechtman & Bonnie Yochelson


Ticket and Sponsorship Levels

To purchase tickets online, please visit
To purchase sponsorship tables and tickets directly and avoid the Eventbrite fee please download and fill out this RSVP form and mail with payment to:

The Sylvia Center
304 Hudson Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10013

If you are purchasing a Seed or Root Ticket and would like to sit with another guest attending the dinner, please e-mail Jenn at Please note that we will make every effort possible to seat you with those whom you have requested.


Sponsorship Levels

Leaf Sponsor $5,000   Download RSVP Form  |  Purchase Online
Provides funding for a full year of the Seed to Plate program for 1 school in Columbia County. Includes reserved seating for 10; one quarter-page program ad; recognition in program and online materials. $4,500 is tax-deductible. 

Flower Sponsor $10,000   Download RSVP Form  |  Purchase Online
Provides funding for Fresh Food Comes from the Farm for 3 Columbia County schools.  Includes reserved seating for 10; one half-page program ad; recognition in program and online materials. $9,500 is tax-deductible.

Fruit Sponsor $15,000   Download RSVP Form  |  Purchase Online
Provides funding for one full-time Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm intern, or for Fresh Food Comes from the Farm for 5 Columbia County schools. Includes reserved seating for 10; one full-page program ad; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $14,500 is tax-deductible. 

Ticket Levels

Seed Ticket $150   Download RSVP Form  |  Purchase Online
One ticket to the benefit. Supports the purchase of ingredients for 1 Fresh Food Comes from the Farm program day. $100 of this ticket is tax-deductible. 

Root Ticket $500   Download RSVP Form  |  Purchase Online
Includes 1 ticket to the benefit and recognition in program and online materials. Supports 1 year of Seed to Plate program for 1 student. $450 of this ticket is tax-deductible. 

Sprout Ticket $100   Download RSVP Form  |  Purchase Online
For children under age 12. $50 of this ticket is tax-deductible. 

Our dinner will occur rain or shine. No refunds available.

About The Sylvia Center

The Sylvia Center’s programs in Columbia County engage youth in every step of the story of food from seed to plate, showing them the joys of growing, preparing, and sharing fresh food together. We teach skills that inspire young people to establish independent healthy eating habits — so that they may lead healthy and productive lives.

During the growing season, May through October, our students observe the farm in full operation and become farmers themselves in The Sylvia Center’s Learning Garden. A sensory tour introduces young people to the plants: they are encouraged to touch, smell, and taste. Later, they hoe, weed, dig, and harvest before moving to the outdoor learning kitchen to chop, mix, and cook their harvest into a healthy, delicious group lunch.

Proceeds from last summer’s dinner helped us reach 1,625 young people and their families in Columbia County with our on-farm and community-based programs, and helped provide 14 youth and school groups with bus scholarships so that they could come to the farm for full-day programs.

This year, the proceeds will help us reach our goal of bringing 2,000 young people to the farm, expanding our Seed to Plate program to more local schools and community centers, and continuing to build partnerships with community organizations.

Spring Planting Day

Mar 31, 2015
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Katchkie Farm

745 Fischer Rd.

Kinderhook, NY 12106



Join The Sylvia Center and Chef Bob Turner, Executive Chef of the Omega Institute, to celebrate the coming of spring.  Families will work together to plant in the Children’s Learning Garden and harvest early spring veggies to prepare a delicious farm-fresh seasonal lunch together.  All ages are welcome. Rain or shine.


$10 suggested donation per family. To attend the event, please register at


If you have any questions about Spring Planting Day, contact Jenn So at or (212) 337-6075.


Mar 11, 2015
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The Sylvia Center to Partner with EILEEN FISHER for Spring Event in New York City

Proceeds to benefit TSC’s Young Women’s Culinary Internship


We are delighted to announce that The Sylvia Center will be partnering with EILEEN FISHER for their Spring Event on March 21st, 2015. All nine EILEEN FISHER stores in the NYC metro area will donate 10% of the event day’s proceeds to The Sylvia Center’s Young Women’s Culinary Internship (YWCI). Their support will enable us to work closely with young women who have the potential to become advocates for healthy eating in their own communities. We have been wanting to establish a program like this for a long time and are just thrilled that our idea resonated so strongly with EILEEN FISHER.

The mission of the Young Women’s Culinary Internship is to inspire young women in the Bronx to establish independent healthy eating habits—and to become leaders, advocates and teachers in their communities. The program, which launches this fall, will provide employment and leadership development for outstanding young women who aspire to careers in food, health and social justice. The funding from this partnership with EILEEN FISHER will help to provide stipends to employ young women as Chef Assistants in TSC’s Cooks for Health cooking classes, as well as mentoring and enrichment activities.

Through their work as teaching assistants and interns, the selected YWCI Interns will be directly benefiting the health of youth in their communities. TSC’s Cooks for Health program offers six-week series cooking classes in New York City Housing Authority community centers. In class, students learn basic cooking skills and the principles of healthy eating through hands-on experiences with fresh, whole foods. Classroom lessons range from Safety & Knife Skills and Meal Planning on a Budget to Nutritious Comfort Foods and Multi-Use Meals. Each class culminates with students and instructors sitting together to enjoy the meal they have created. In 2014, over 1,000 participants completed TSC programs in New York City, and in 2015, the program will reach over 1,500 participants.

On March 21st, shop at the following EILEEN FISHER stores to support The Sylvia Center:

  • Midtown, 521 Madison Ave, NYC, NY 10022
  • Upper East Side, 1039 Madison Ave, NYC, NY 10075
  • Upper West Side, 341 Columbus Ave, NYC, NY 10024
  • Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, Suite #205, NYC, NY 10019
  • 5th Ave, 166 5th Ave, NYC, NY 10010
  • SoHo, 395 West Broadway, NYC, NY 10012
  • 9th Street, 314 East 9th Street, NYC, NY 10003
  • The Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Ave., Suite 2890, White Plains, NY 10601
  • Lab Store, 1 Bridge Street, Irvington, NY 10533

    Online shoppers nationwide can also support The Sylvia Center — go to on March 21st and choose The Sylvia Center as your designated beneficiary upon checkout.


    With over 60 stores throughout the country, EILEEN FISHER creates effortlessly chic clothes that offer women sophistication, comfort, and style that lasts. For 30 years the brand has been committed as a socially conscious company that empowers women and girls, and serves as a pioneer in eco-friendly fashion. For more information, please visit

    Thank you for making The Art of Cooking a success!

    Oct 16, 2014
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    At this year’s Art of Cooking benefit dinner, supporters of The Sylvia Center gathered together to honor the teens and families we work with in New York City, along with John Unwin, CEO of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Throughout the night, supporters mingled with our teen chefs, their families and a cohort from Green City Force, a service corps organization TSC partners with that works with New York City Housing Authority young adults. Guests enjoyed a warm and delicious meal inspired by the teen chefs themselves, as honoree John Unwin shared stories on-stage about his moving experience at Katchkie Farm last fall, when he and his team of chefs spent the day cooking with Sylvia Center teen students.
    The teens were recognized for their passion for good food that they share everyday in their homes and communities, and were presented with gifts to help them continue doing so—sets of essential kitchen equipment. For dessert, the teens were surprised with the opportunity to decorate their own cakes with Chef Rob from Great Performances.
    With the generosity of our friends, families and supporters, we were able to surpass our fundraising goal at the event this year to raise over $550,000, which will—among other things—allow us to open a new site in 2015. Thank you to everyone who helped us make this year’s Art of Cooking such a success and so much fun!