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!


The Sylvia Center featured on W-ABC TV Channel 7

Aug 22, 2014
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The Sylvia Center was featured on local news Channel 7 last night with Lauren Glassberg. Watch the video here.

First Signs of Spring

Mar 17, 2014
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After such a snowy winter, it’s hard to believe that spring is arriving. But,


in January, we ordered seeds,


in February, we started seeds in the greenhouse,


and just last week, our baby chicks arrived.


Help us kick off the season by making a contribution today. Your gift will help us pay for all of the pre-season expenses that allow us to open up our Children’s Garden at Katchkie Farm to hundreds of children starting in May:


$25 will buy five varieties of seeds towards the 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers we grow at the farm


$50 will buy two weeks of organic feed for our baby chicks


$100 will buy cooking supplies for our Seed-to-Plate classes in Columbia County schools and community centers


$150 will buy a month of feed, bedding, and other supplies for our two piglets


Any amount you choose - all donations make a difference!




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


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