Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Feb 26, 2014
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Farm to Table Dinner
Saturday, July 19, 2014
to Benefit The Sylvia Center


Buffet dinner, fresh from the fields of Katchkie Farm featuring seasonal and local ingredients. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit The Sylvia Center’s programs for youth in Columbia County.


Cocktail hour will take place from 6-7pm and we will sit down for dinner at 7pm. We hope you will join us for this delicious night at the Farm! Our dinner will occur rain or shine.


Click here to learn more
about The Sylvia Center



Debbie Gardner

Steven Harris & Lucien Rees-Roberts

Renee Iacone


Committee Members
Rob Arango & Gary Stefanick
Peter Aschkenasy
John Banta & Daniel O’Donnell
Didi & David Barrett
Jennifer Baum
Elliot Berkowitz & Kelly Schunk
David & Betsy Berliner
Scott Berrie
Myra & Charles Biblowit
Warren & Lenny Collins
Jerry Croghan & Louis Hedgecock
Cindy & David Edelson
Sheldon Evans & Martha McMaster
Judith R. Fishman
Scott Frankel & Jim Jospeh
Ben Giardullo
Nancy Ginsberg
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman
John Hannam
Nicholas Haylett & Timothy Husband
Bill Irwin & Martha Roth
Jacob Israelow & Tanushri Kumar
Beth Linskey
Stephen Metcalf & Koethi Zan
Amy & Curt Middleton
Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger
Ornella Pisano & Pietro Rossini
Michael Pollack
Ruth Reichl
Paul Shechtman & Bonnie Yochelson
Nina Simmons
Peter Spears & Brian Swardstrom



Ticket and Sponsorship Levels

Online ticket sales have ended. Please contact Jenn by phone at (212) 337-6075 or by email at jenn.so@sylviacenter.org to inquire about purchasing tickets.




Seed Ticket $150

One ticket to the benefit.  Supports the purchase of ingredients for 1 Fresh Food program day. $100 of this ticket is tax-deductible. Purchase Online


Root Ticket $500

One ticket to the benefit.  Supports 1 year of Seed to Plate program for 1 student. $450 of this ticket is tax-deductible. Purchase Online



Journal Ads $300

An ad buys you a page in our printed journal. Ads due by June 30, 2014. All ads are 100% tax-deductible. Download RSVP Form


Leaf Sponsor $5,000

Provides funding for a full year of the Seed to Plate program for 1 school in Columbia County. Includes reserved seating for 10; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $4,500 is tax-deductible. Download RSVP Form


Flower Sponsor $10,000

Provides funding for Fresh Food Comes from the Farm for 3 Columbia County schools.  Includes reserved seating for 10; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $9,500 is tax-deductible. Download RSVP Form


Fruit Sponsor $15,000

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; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $14,500 is tax-deductible. Download RSVP Form


If you are unable to attend but would like to support The Sylvia Center, contributions can be made here.


Come for the meal, stay for the weekend!


No refunds available.


About The Sylvia Center

The mission of The Sylvia Center (TSC) is to inspire children to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Through our programs, children learn what fresh food is, how delicious it tastes, and how to prepare it for themselves and their families. We teach skills that inspire children to establish independent healthy eating habits – so that they may lead healthy and productive lives.


On the farm, children learn about their food from seed to plate as a part of an immersive program where they are able to harvest produce, cook a meal and eat together while looking out over the fields.


In 2013, The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm reached more than 1,000 children, teens and families — 760 of whom were participants from Columbia County and the Capital District. Also last year, TSC successfully piloted our Seed to Plate program, a series program taught in schools and youth centers that includes a capstone trip to the farm.



Spring Planting Day with Dan Zanes

Feb 24, 2014
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You’re Invited!

Saturday, May 10, 2014 Rain or shine!
at Katchkie Farm, Kinderhook, NY


Join The Sylvia Center and Dan Zanes, from Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes and Friends, to celebrate the coming of spring. Come sing songs and help us prep the garden for the growing season! All ages are welcome.


$10 suggested donation per family. To attend the event, please register at SylviaCenterSPD2014.eventbrite.com


Please bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the farm, or pre-order a boxed lunch for the day of the event when you register.


About Dan Zanes

Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican son jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. With his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, he has toured around the world sharing his handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. For more than a decade Grammy award winner Dan Zanes has been presenting his musical friends to the world with his original albums, introducing new songs and reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are—it’s just that people forgot about them. Referred to as “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” by Time Magazine, his widely-acclaimed music has all been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Find more about Dan Zanes at www.danzanes.com.



Sylvia’s Table: Farm-Fresh Cookbook On Sale Now

Aug 15, 2013
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Every year, children flock to the Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm in upstate New York to learn firsthand about where fresh food comes from—how to grow it, how to harvest it, and how to use it to prepare great-tasting meals. Now Sylvia’s Table brings these lessons and recipes straight from the farm to your kitchen in a deliciously unique cookbook for families. From Homemade Apple Roll-Ups to Butternut Squash Bread Pudding and from Spinach and Strawberry Salad to Grilled Tamarind Turkey Burgers and Baked Sweet Potato Fries, here are almost two hundred recipes that you and your family will enjoy.


Featuring recipes from “the friends of Katchkie Farm”—chefs like Michael Romano of Union Square Cafe and Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto; culinary experts including Food & Wine’s Dana Cowin; cookbook authors Giuliano Bugialli, Rozanne Gold, Deborah Madison, and, Sara Moulton; and many others—this is a family cookbook guaranteed to be loved by cooks (and kids) of all ages.


Available Now


Order Today!

All profits go to benefit The Sylvia Center.



Online Auction

Apr 30, 2013
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Support the Sylvia Center, Bid Online!

Now through May 16


Auction lots range from a day of distilling with spirits maven Allen Katz; to private cooking lessons and meals with chef Rozanne Gold and food editor Mindy Fox; to your own private supper club staged by chef and food writer Tamar Adler and composer Gabriel Kahane.


Your bidding will help us raise funds towards a matching grant of $50,000 from Robin Quivers’ 15 Foundation to expand our culinary education program for youth, teens and families living in NYCHA public housing.




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