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Slow Food’s First Annual Fertile Ground Benefit

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
7:00 – 10:00 pm

37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY (DUMBO)

$150.00 per person

To purchase tickets, call 718-260-8000


Slow Food’s First Annual Fertile Ground Benefit

May 25, 2005

Slow Food USA will host “Fertile Ground,” their first annual benefit for Slow Food in Schools on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 7:00 pm in Brooklyn, NY. The event will honor the work of pioneering school nutrition consultant and author, Ann Cooper, formerly Executive Chef and Director of Wellness and Nutrition at The Ross School in East Hampton, New York. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse restaurant and the Berkeley School Lunch Initiative, and Marcia Gay Harden, Oscar-winning actress, are Co-Chairs of the event.

The evening includes a silent auction and cocktail reception followed by a live auction. An online auction will also be held from May 13th to 22nd at Funds raised from the auction will go towards funding national initiatives as well as providing seed money to local Slow Food in Schools projects.

Individual tickets are $150. For more information, to donate auction items, or to purchase tickets, please contact Sara Firebaugh or Ragan Rhyne at (718) 260-8000.

Slow Food in Schools is a national education program comprised of more than twenty garden-to-table projects around the country. The projects help children develop an appreciation for real, wholesome food and an understanding of sustainable food practices through cooking classes, school lunch initiatives and by cultivating school gardens. Through “Fertile Ground” and other initiatives, Slow Food USA plans to introduce these concepts to lunch programs in all schools.

In 2004, Slow Food in Schools launched Harvest Time in Harlem. Harvest Time’s goal is simple: to disrupt the cycle of fast food, rushed meals, and other damaging eating habits that prevail in East Harlem and similar communities.

Slow Food USA is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving local food traditions and promoting a sustainable food supply. The organization was founded in Italy nearly two decades ago as a response to the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome’s historic Piazza di Spagna, and has since grown into an international movement with more than 80,000 members in 100 countries worldwide.


...Published: May 2005