Slow Food’s First Annual Fertile Ground
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 www.slowfoodusa.org.
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
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.