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Parties & Openings

Nov. 11 - Chatham
PS21 Gala

Nov. 4 - Pittsfield
NAACP Awards Dinner

Oct. 29 - G. Barrington
Halloween At L'Atelier

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‘Think Like A Farmer, Taste Like A Chef’ At Katchkie Farm

Lisa Green reports from Kinderhook. “You don’t have to like it, but you do have to try it” is the rule when school kids are introduced to new foods at The Sylvia Center. That wasn’t a problem for the 350 supporters who gathered at the farm for its eighth annual Farm-to-Table Dinner, hosted by Great Performances in the fields of Katchkie Farm. On a glorious summer evening, guests roamed the fragrant garden, took photos of the llamas, chickens, sunflowers and sunset and, of course, enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner under the tent right across from the fields highlighted the connection between farm and table. Guests silently bid on individually designed wheelbarrow benches and in a live auction for — yes — a pig, or jam and pickling sessions. The Sylvia Center engages youth in every step of the story of food, from seed to plate, working with students in New York and bringing local school kids to the farm, where they work in the garden and learn culinary skills. Proceeds from the evening’s event will help with the goal of bringing 2,000 young people to the farm this year. Above, Marvin Israelow and Dorian Goldman, event sponsors; Liz Neumark, the founding force of the farm and center, and CEO of Great Performances; and Renee Iacone and Steve Clearman, sponsors.

Koethi Zan and Stephen Metcalf, both on the dinner committee, with Allison Whiting; Amy Faxon and Roger Faxon of NYC.

Camille Massey, Lucia Massey and Gillie Holme.

Kara Stevens, Edouard Brimbeuf, Cleo Berliner, Ella Viscardi, David Berliner, a dinner committee member, and Nina Freedman, who is on The Sylvia Center’s board of directors; Shelley Levine and Larry Schwartz of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Chris Sansbury and Hallie Ziesmer of Old Chatham; Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner with Lucien Rees-Roberts, an interior designer, and Debbie Gardner, both dinner co-chairs, and Anna Hammond, executive director of The Sylvia Center.

Sebastian Beckwith, whose company, In Pursuit of Tea, donated the iced tea, and Joyce Huang, the center’s finance director and business manager.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and Jean Hanff Korelitz, whose novel Admission was the basis for the Tiny Fey film, and who donated the opportunity to name a character in her upcoming novel; Leanne Bell and Gwen Beal of Connecticut.

Heather Kowalski and Curt Gobrecht of Lover’s Leap Farm, who donated one of their heritage pigs for the auction; Patricia Coughlin and Lise Suino of Kinderhook and NYC.

Anna So and Shaun So, supporters of The Sylvia Center, and their daughter.

Manifestation of farm to table; Cody Anderson and Jessica Anderson, who live in Chatham Center.

Timothy Husband and Nicholas Haylett, who are both on the dinner committee, with Despina Leandrou, Nathan Kernan and Thomas Whitridge of Ink, Inc.; Students learn a lot in Farmer Bob Walker’s fields.

Farm Education Director and Garden Manager Julie Cerny tells guests about the sensory tour that introduces young people to the garden.

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