On Sunday, April 2, join The Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation and Slow Food East End for the 7th annual A Moveable Feast at Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom in Sag Harbor. Celebrating the legacy of Joshua Levine, who believed all children should be able to experience first-hand what real food is, where it’s grown, and how to grow it, the spring fête that supports East End-based Edible School Gardens will feature extraordinary bites and sips from beloved local favorites.
Over the years, the East End has become one of the largest, most accomplished school garden programs in the United States, and this annual event has played a major role in establishing 27 schools in the area, from Montauk and Orient to Eastport South Manor.
“A Moveable Feast is a wonderful event with delicious foods, drinks and great auction items,” shared Rebecca Morgan Taylor, Project MOST Executive Director. “It’s a really fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”
Funds raised during A Moveable Feast will allow the Edible School Garden to continue to flourish locally. “The proceeds support the Edible School Garden, Master Gardener program where farmers work with schools in building their garden programs. The farmers give support to the teachers, volunteers and organizations involved with the school’s gardens,” noted Morgan Taylor. “Project MOST’s Springs Seedlings Project has been a beneficiary of the program for many years and it has been instrumental in achieving our goals – teaching children where there food comes from, organic gardening and eating healthy. We have also been awarded several mini-grants from Slow Foods East End which has helped add programs and supplies to our garden education program.”
A Moveable Feast, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., will bring together some of the Hamptons’ top culinary experts who will dazzle attendees as they move from station to station noshing on impressive creations – some of which feature veggies that were harvested from the area’s school gardens.
“Building a sustainable farm and food community on the East End is important and rewarding,” noted Carissa Waechter, Carissa’s Breads. “Local food businesses need to support each other to make this movement a reality.”
This year’s event will feature dishes from Jeri Woodhouse of A Taste of the North Fork; Aldo Maiorana of Aldo’s Coffee Co.; Cheryl Stair of Art of Eating; Sam McCleland of Bell & Anchor; Debbie Geppert of Bostwick’s Clambake & Catering; Bradley Thompson of Breadzilla; Brian Szostak of Bridgehampton Inn Restaurant; Jeff Trujillo of Dark Horse Restaurant; Jeremy Blutstein of East by Northeast; Colin Ambrose of Estia’s Little Kitchen; Brendan Davison of Good Water Farms; Jennilee Morris of Grace & Grit; Joseph Realmuto and Rachel Flatley of Honest Man Restaurant Group – Nick & Toni’s, La Fondita, Rowdy Hall and Townline BBQ; Matt Ketchum of Ketchum’s Seafarm; Cory Guastella of Love Lane Kitchen; Mike Doall and Mike Martinsen of Montauk Shellfish Co.; Noah Schwartz of Noah’s; Claudia Fleming of North Fork Table & Inn; Taylor Knapp of Paw Paw Pop Up; Bobby Abrams of Red Bar, Little Red, and Red Catering; and Shawn Christman of The Sea Bean Natural Foods Co.
“I love the camaraderie of being with like-minded folks in the industry who are dedicated to feeding people what is good for the body, soul, and planet,” shared Cheryl Stair of Art of Eating.
Participating wineries, breweries, and beverage purveyors include Channing Daughters, Harmless Harvest, Jack’s Stir Brew, Jamesport Vineyards, Lieb Cellars, Macari Vineyards, Martha Clara Vineyards, Montauk Brewing Co., Palmer Vineyards, Paumanok Vineyards, Pellegrini Vineyards, Raphael Vineyards, Roanoke Vineyards, and Wölffer Estate Vineyards.
In addition to feasting on divine dishes, A Moveable Feast will feature a highly anticipated silent auction with items donated from local farms, fishermen, restaurants, vineyards and merchants on the East End and beyond.
A substantial portion of proceeds from A Moveable Feast will support the East End Edible School Garden Program, which covers stipends for three Master Farmers, and also mini-grants to back school gardens and purchase supplies.
“Edible School Gardens are setting the stage for a new generation of inquisitive, healthy and conscientious eaters – the Future is in the Garden,” added Megan Schmidt of The Good Farm Delivery.
Tickets are $100 for Slow Food Members in advance and $150 for non-members in advance. Tickets are $125 for Slow Food Members at the door and $175 for non-members.
For those unable to attend but would like to contribute to the cause, you can show your thanks to local purveyors by sponsoring a Farmer, Fisherman or Forager.
Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom is located at 11 Bridge Street in Sag Harbor. For tickets, visit slowfoodeastend.org. For more information about the Edible School Program, visit www.edibleschoolgardens.org.