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The Art of Cooking 2013

Oct 21, 2013
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Thank you to everyone who made The Art of Cooking such a successful, delicious and unforgettable evening!

On Tuesday, October 15th, thanks to the generosity of so many, we raised over $350,000 to fund The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health Program in New York City Housing Authority community centers. The event was the perfect moment to honor two early supporters of the Cooks for Health program: Rachael Ray and the Yum-o! organization, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. The evening’s menu was curated by Rozanne Gold and inspired by The Sylvia Center’s seasonal and plant-based curriculum.

Student chefs from the Williamsburg NYCHA community center came and helped prepare hors d’oeuvres — including eggplant mozzarella crostini and green tomato gazpacho — and demonstrated some of the skills they have mastered through The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health program. They did a great job and had a blast talking about their favorite foods with Rachael Ray, whose natural enthusiasm and passion for healthy cooking with children inspired the evening.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude, and excited for the future. So many students will learn to cook in the coming year because of your support. Thanks to all for believing so much in the children we work with, and for making it possible for us to continue — and grow! — the work.

Here are just a few snapshots from the evening (click thumbnail to view full photo), and our brand-new video below, followed by special thanks to all our event sponsors, donors and supporters.






A big thank-you to all of our event supporters!


Gala Chairs

Cindy & David Edelson

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman

Amy Todd Middleton & Curt Middleton

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger


Gala Committee

Sharon Avneri & Colin Finkelstein

Lizzie & Scott Domansky

Lara & Doug Holtz

Dina & David Weinstein

Amy Berlin Wolpert & Ivan Wolpert


Benefit Committee

Jody & John Arnhold

Ellen Ball

Donna & Anthony Barrett

Laura & Lloyd Blankfein

Alison Block & Stephane Gerson

Ashley Bradley

Allison Cayne

Ronnie Davis

Wendy Dessy

Leslie Dezer & Ricardo Salmon

Lauren & Lee Feldman

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

James Frey

Barrie Glabman & Adam Schwartz

Rozanne Gold & Michael Whiteman

John G. Hall

Anne Heyman & Seth Merrin

Harriet & Len Holtz

Maureen & Jonathan Holtz

Robert L. Ireland, Jr.

Stacey & Curtis Lane

Fran & Jack Levy

Amanda & Marcel Lundberg

Jackie Mahal & Ben Segal

Dodi Meyer MD

Katie Michel

Janet Montag

Lori & David Moore

Gary Podell

Heidi & Richard Reiger

Rebecca & Arthur Samberg

Mindy Schneider & Michael Lesser

Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler

Jill & Howard Sharfstein

Peggy & David Tanner

Mish Tworkowski

Teri & Barry Volpert


Platinum Sponsor

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman


Gold Sponsor

Tishman Speyer


Silver Sponsor


Cindy & David Edelson

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger

Rebecca & Arthur Samberg

Alice & Tom Tisch

Joanne & Fred Wilson


Platinum Ticket

Ulrika & Joel Citron

Sherrell Andrews Kuhbach

Fran & Jack Levy

Teri & Barry Volpert


Gold Ticket

Susan Cahn & Mario Batali

Amy & Roger Faxon

Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman

Sonia Gardner

Robert L. Ireland Jr.

Madhu Katta

Stacey & Curtis Lane

Michael Pollack

Mindy Schneider & Michael Lesser

Margaret Segal & David Topper

Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler

Lisa Wolfe & Joseph Ravitch

Remco Van Vliet

Lise & Jeffrey Wilks


Auction Donors

Preston Bailey

Mark Bittman

Brooklyn Roasting Company


Fernanda Capobianco, Vegan Divas

Delaware North Companies

Cindy & David Edelson

Rob Endelman

Barbara Girodano

Rozanne Gold

Eve Goldberg

Great Performances

Steven Haigh, Zuma

Lara Holtz

Renee Iacone & Steve Clearman

The Jacobs Family

Zackary Lauth, Waited Collective

Loews Hotel

Manjiro Designs

Amy Todd Middleton

Murray’s Cheese

Nespresso USA

Paula Oland

Adam Platt

Ben Pollinger & Nick Livanos, Oceana

Paulette Tavormina

Farm to Table 2013

Aug 12, 2013
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We’d like to thank everyone who was involved with making our 6th Annual Farm to Table Dinner a lovely and successful experience!


Thank You to our Sponsors

Club Helsinki

Cafe Le Perche

Fish and Game

Great Performances

Katchkie Farm

The Lofgren Agency

The Law Office of John K. Friedman

Party Rental


Thank You to our Raffle Donors

Art Omi

Beth’s Farm Kitchen

Blackwood & Brouwer Booksellers

Kinderhook Farm


Murray’s Cheese

Cabot Cheese

One Girl Cookies

April Wachtel


Chatham Wine

Hawthorne Valley Association

American Pie

Clocktower Toys

Edible Magazine Hudson Valley

Modern Farmer

Museum of the City of New York

Maple Hill Creamery

Hudson Valley Seed Library

The Main Street Grainery

Samascott’s Garden Market


Thank you to our Auction Donors

Beth Linskey

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Kinderhook Farm

Liz Neumark

Matt Riznyk

Farmer Bob Walker


Dinner Co-Chairs

Debbie Gardner | Renée Iacone


Dinner Committee

Rob Arango

Peter Aschkenasy

John Banta

Jennifer Baum

Myra Biblowit

Mark Chaikowski

Joan Davidson

Cindy Edelson

Judy Fishman

Ben Giardullo

Nancy Ginsberg

John Hannam

Christine Jones

Beth Linskey

Martha McMaster

Lauren Mundy

Liz Neumark

Ornella Pisano

Ruth Reichl

Nina Simmons

Koethi Zan


Angel Supporters

Steven Harris & Lucien Rees Roberts

Winsome Brown & Claude Arpels

Mary McCormick


Special Thanks to

Farmer Bob Walke

Matthew Riznyk

Samantha Sherman

Josh Tierney


…and our family of over 30 volunteers and interns from Great Performances, The Sylvia Center, Katchkie Farm; and friends from NYC, Columbia County and Pennsylvania, who have provided this evening’s hospitality.



Spring Planting Day 2013

May 22, 2013
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On Saturday, May 11, we had a great crowd who embraced the rain, listened to Dar Williams play guitar and talk about her passion for honey bees, and when the rain let up a bit, all made their way into the garden to plant bee-friendly flowers. Later in the afternoon, our two sheep, Priya and Yahtnah, escaped into Farmer Bob’s fields and kept up a very good chase before evading the staff and visitors by swimming across the pond. At last, we caught them! They seemed relieved to be back in their space on the farm.




Spring Planting Day with Dar Williams at Katchkie Farm

Apr 5, 2013
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

11am – 3pm
Katchkie Farm
745 Fischer Rd.
Kinderhook, NY 12106


You’re invited!

You and your family are invited to Spring Planting Day with The Sylvia Center and Hudson Valley singer-songwriter Dar Williams. We’ll sing songs, create a beautiful bee-friendly garden, and work to get our farm’s Children’s Garden ready for the growing season ahead.


Bring a water bottle, sun hat, gardening gloves if you have them, and a picnic lunch to enjoy. Feel free to bring healthy snacks to share with others. We will have a garden salad and lemonade available for purchase. Admission is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, please contact Jenn So at or (212) 337-6075.


About Dar Williams

One of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the early ’90s. In The Time Of Gods, her most recent release, covers many relevant topics such as retaining one’s moral compass, our personal responsibility in changing the world, the politics of power, and following a guiding light in the midst of chaos.


Williams has toured with such distinguished artists as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin, and was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post’s Green Blog. A dedicated environmentalist, Williams has created the initiative “Give Bees a Camp” to create a haven of beautiful bee-friendly flower gardens at summer camps while educating campers about planting and the service they are providing for bees and our planet.


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