A Moveable Feast for the benefit of school gardens

School garden kidsIn November 2010, tragedy struck Quail Hill Farm, a CSA in Amagansett, when a young farmer named Joshua Levine was killed in a tractor accident while working on the property.

He was 35 years old at the time.

In the wake of his death, Slow Food East End hosted “A Moveable Feast” in Joshua’s memory. The dinner took place in spring 2011 at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor, and it featured dishes prepared by a number of local chefs. That first year, money raised went to help support farmers working at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

Not long afterward, Joshua’s parents formed the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation. In the years since, “A Moveable Feast has become an annual event and the primary fundraiser for Edible School Gardens, the non-profit organization that oversees nearly three dozen school gardens across both the North and South forks.

Funds raised from the feast each year keep the Edible School Gardens Program flourishing by providing stipends for three master farmers and mini grants to be used for the purchase of gardening tools, supplies and materials. The mission is to promote good farming practices, education, a sustainable environment and healthy eating for children and their families.

This year’s “A Moveable Feast,” the seventh, takes place on April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom in Sag Harbor. Hosted by the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation and Slow Food East End the evening of celebration honors Joshua Levine and supports Edible School Gardens on the East End. As a result of this event, the East End has grown into one of the largest, most successful school garden programs in the United States, with a total of 27 schools now growing gardens.

More than 20 chefs from restaurants on both forks will make be on hand at Dodds & Eder to offer up their latest culinary creations — see the line up of participants below. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and chat with some of the East End’s best chefs and beverage purveyors, while moving from station to station and feasting on their wide array of offerings, which may include veggies grown in a local school garden.

“A Moveable Feast” not only celebrates the legacy of Joshua Levine and supports Edible School Gardens, it is also the kick-off of the spring season and the waking up of the earth and the community after a long winter. In addition to exceptional food and drink, guests can expect a real party with music that will get you dancing. There will also be a silent auction featuring items donated from local farms, fishermen, restaurants, vineyards and merchants on the East End and beyond.

This year, a special block of tickets will be available through March 15, 2017 to teachers and administrators who are part of the Edible School Garden Group on the East End. There will also be an opportunity to sponsor a Farmer, Fisherman or Forager.

The donation will allow Slow Food East End to invite and show appreciation to some of the folks who grow, catch, hunt or gather our magnificent local food. For more details, visit www.slowfoodeastend.org.

“A Moveable Feast” hosted by the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation and Slow Food East End, Sunday, April 2, 4 to 7 p.m. Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom, 11 Bridge Street, Sag Harbor, NY. Tickets are $100 for members of Slow Food; $150 for non-members.

Members will receive a one-time savings of $25 when two or more tickets are purchased. For tickets visit www.slowfoodeastend.org. For information about the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation, visit www.joshualevinefoundation.org.