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We're delighted to host this year's big fundraiser bash, the (s)low down, at the Astor Center in Manhattan. The party will feature artisanal cocktails conceived and created by some of the top NYC mixologists, with spirits provided by local distilleries such as Owney's NYC Rum and Black Dirt Distillery, delectable seasonal dishes created by Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval awardees such as Left Bank and Frankie’s Spuntino, fabulous food demonstrations by top local chefs, wine and beer tastings and live foot-tapping bluegrass music. The party’s extraordinary raffle and silent auction is like no other, offering one-of-a-kind, food-centric experiences. And finally, there will be an after party from 9 - 11 pm to keep the night going at Quartino Bottega Organica's backyard garden. At the after party, desserts will be served from Runner & Stone and Estela.
Slow Food NYC is thrilled to honor Chef Peter Hoffman this year with our third annual "Snailblazer" Award, a designation granted to those leaders in the farm-to-table movement committed to a local, sustainable, and fair food system. Peter has championed a farm-friendly culinary philosophy at the beloved Savoy restaurant, now Back Forty West, long before the term ‘locavore’ became ubiquitous and has been at it for over 35 years. He continues these practices at his restaurants, Back Forty and Back Forty West, both Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval designees, with menus conceived around what is in season, fresh and at peak quality. He has been critical to the establishment of New York’s modern Greenmarkets and served on their advisory board for 15 years, and he also served on the board of Chefs Collaborative, which encourages restaurants to make sustainable food choices.
The evening's proceeds will benefit Slow Food NYC's program, Urban Harvest in the Schools, which provides financial and organizational support for 16 public schools throughout the city (primarily Title I), helping to initiate, maintain and expand garden and food education programs. This includes building and preserving school gardens, offering cooking classes, sponsoring field trips, and operating student-run "farmstands," all of which increase awareness of the importance of local, seasonal and quality food to one's health. The program impacts the lives of over 1,500 New York City school children. Urban Harvest has also created and runs a seed-to-plate, healthy eating educational garden program in East New York, which reaches over 150 children and community members every summer.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
Ursa Development Group
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Slow Food NYC
Slow Food NYC is the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract the culture of fast food. Slow Food stands against the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food NYC works to create a food system based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice—in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. We seek to move our culture away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and towards the cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, and the pleasures of the table.
In addition to the Slow Food NYC Board, this event is hosted by:
- Claude Arpels and Winsome Brown
- Karen Auster
- Jimmy Carbone
- Mary Cleaver
- Jennifer Grossman
- David Hsia
- Richard McCarthy
- Adam and Pamela Riess
- Bill Telepan