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Thank You for Making Farm to Table Dinner 2015 an Amazing Success!

Aug 7, 2015
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To the 350 supporters who came to the Farm to Table Dinner last weekend–thank you! The farm was at its absolute, most gorgeous–every flower in bloom, the long row of sunflowers created a beautiful hedge of brown, orange, yellow and green, beyond which you could see the farm and then the Catskills in the distance. Gray light under a slightly cloudy sky kept the air a beautiful temperature. Guests arrived following the same path our students take when they come to the farm to plant, cook, and eat. They passed the chickens, pigs, sheep, and our new addition from the animal kingdom–two llamas.

 

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks were passed by students from our Questar program, in their chef coats in the field house. Lovely music floated through the air while friends chatted and tasted their way through the Learning Garden. The dinner bell rang as the sun was setting and guests wandered up to the tent where long tables were set with lovely linens, farm flowers in mason jars, and an appetizer of Roasted Zucchini Blossom Flatbread. Liz Neumark welcomed the guests with thanks and invited people to start eating the simple, elegant dishes created by the Great Performances culinary team, such as Grilled Goffle Farm Chicken, Char-Grilled Peach Salad, and two special dishes prepared by Sylvia Center students.

 

Bringing such a dinner to the open fields without electricity and running water always has its amusing glitches and the flickering lights caused by the thirsty generators added a bit of thrill to live auction. The moments of darkness reminded us all that, yes, in fact, we were in the country. Nevertheless, the event brought in even more than last year’s meal and we’re happy to report that because of everyone’s generosity we will be able to bring over 2,000 students to the farm and again provide full bus scholarships to those who need them most.

 

Thanks to our ever-growing Sylvia Center family for believing in the importance of healthy food for all, and to the amazing volunteers who made the dinner so beautiful and fun. If you weren’t able to make it this year, we hope that you’ll join us next year. Please enjoy the many photos of the event below and listen to the special sound piece, depicting a day at the farm with The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm.

 

P.S. We are happy to report that almost all the leftover food from the dinner was received by Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy! And remaining flower bouquets were happily received by patients at Barnwell Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Valatie.

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Flower Sponsor

Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman

Renée Iacone & Steve Clearman

 

Leaf Sponsor

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Douglas Durst

Cindy & David Edelson

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Dorian Goldman & Marvin Israelow

Steven Harris & Lucien Rees-Roberts

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger

 

Root Tickets

Sherrell Andrews & Rob Kuhbach

Jean Hamilton & Rick McCarthy

Matter Unlimited

Donna Moylan

Amy & Curt Middleton

 

Donors

Farrow & Ball

In Pursuit of Tea

Skip Lievsay

Beth Linskey

Chef Albert Lovelace

Lover’s Leap Farm

Lee Salevan

Caleb Townsend

 

Thank You to the GREAT PERFORMANCES culinary team for this delicious dinner!

 

Special Thanks

Farmer Bob Walker & the Katchkie Farm Team

Jim Colvin

Andy King

Kristy King

Terri Lee

Emily Schreiber

Josh Tierney & the Design Team

Terri Lee

The Perfect Ten Students

The Questar Students

 

And thank you to all of our dinner volunteers from the Great Performances family and the Columbia County community for your hard work and passionate support.

 

Dinner Co-Chairs

Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman

Debbie & Ralph Gardner

Steven Harris & Lucien Rees-Roberts

Renée Iacone & Steve Clearman

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger

 

Dinner Committee Members

Rob Arango & Gary Stefanick

Peter Aschkenasy

John Banta & Daniel O’Donnell

Didi & David Barrett

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 & Michael Rosenbaum

Ben Giardullo

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman

Judy Grunberg

Jean Hamilton & Rick McCarthy

John Hannam

Nicholas Haylett & Timothy Husband

Jacob Israelow & Tanushri Kumar

Beth Linskey & Charlie Brennan

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

Paul Shechtman & Bonnie Yochelson

Nina Simmons

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!

 

Co-chairs

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 sylviacenterdinner2015.eventbrite.com
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 jenn.so@sylviacenter.org. 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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SATURDAY MAY 16TH 

10am-2pm

 

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 SylviaCenterSPD2015.eventbrite.com.

 

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

Fall Harvest Day & Community Potluck

Aug 5, 2014
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