Parties & Openings
May 20 - New Marlborough
VIM's Annual Chefs' Dinner
May 18 - Pittsfield
Berkshire Museum Wine Gala
May 18 - Sharon
13th Annual Trade Secrets Fair
Katchkie Farm Benefit Dinner for the Sylvia Center
Sarah Todd reports from Kinderhook.
The Sylvia Center’s annual Farm-to-Table benefit dinner was love at first bite for 235 attendees on Saturday, August 4. The fundraiser, held at Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY, showcased the talents of regional farmers, chefs, bakers, and brewers. Partygoers kicked off cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres such as Kinderhook Farm’s curry-roasted lamb spare rib; sampled a buffet spread that ranged from Club Helsinki’s Hudson Valley duck to Jeff Loshinksy’s Malaysian rice salad; and finished the evening with a spread of desserts that included Wild Hive’s polenta shortcakes and Local 111’s summer fruit cobblers. This local, seasonal ethos is emblematic of The Sylvia Center’s nourishing mission. Liz Neumark (at left, with Anne Schomaker) founded the non-profit in 2006 to help children in under-served communities cultivate positive relationships with food and nutrition. Party-goers were treated to a tour of the Children’s Garden, where young people harvest the corn, peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables that they use to prepare a healthy meal as part of the Center’s on-farm program. The evening’s events also included a raffle and music by singer-songwriter Abby Lappen. The good eating didn’t stop when the night ended—guests left with treats from Christopher Norman Chocolates for The Hudson Chocolate Bar in hand.
Charlie Brennar and Beth Linskey of Beth’s Farm Kitchen with Tony Romeo and Linda Romeo; Julie Cerny, farm education director and garden manager at the Sylvia Center, with executive director Anna Hammond.
Film editor Nihika Desai and journalist Mark Hudson; Jack Pelaccio , Eva Ross, Gabriel Ross, and Jori Emde of Lady Jayne’s Alchemy.
Alexandra Anderson and Betsy Gramkow, executive director at the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation; Arnold Johnson and daughter Sarah Johnson, who works on Farm to School policy for the New York Department of Agriculture.
Party-goers bask in the golden hour and enjoy the view of Katchkie Farm’s green acres.