Parties & Openings
April 22 – E. Chatham
Habitat For Humanity Brunch
April 14 – Pittsfield
Susan Merrill Exhibit Opening
April 7 – Ghent
Ghent Playhouse Gala
The Sylvia Center Celebrates 10 Farm-To-Table Years
Lisa Green reports from Kinderhook. Attendees of the annual farm-to-table dinner in the fields of Katchkie Farm always know there will be a tsunami of new, wonderfully unique foods served at the event that benefits The Sylvia Center’s programs for children in Columbia County. On Saturday, July 15, around 300 guests celebrated The Sylvia Center’s 10th anniversary with hors d’oeuvres that included smoked trout zucchini cups and forest mushroom mousse cornets; table “snacks” such as yellow beet hummus and fermented grape leaves with goat cheese; and a dinner buffet including leg of lamb, wild hives and spelt berry salad, and spinach and roast garlic pomme puree. And while the food (prepared and served by Great Performances, owned by The Sylvia Center’s and farm’s Liz Neumark) may have been the most interactive part of the evening, the mission of The Sylvia Center — to engage Columbia County’s youth in every step of the story of food from seed to plate — was front and center. Girls in the program charmed guests into smelling and tasting herbs from the teaching garden; within minutes, donations offered met the auction goal of $30,000; and the field that supplies produce for the program spread out before the tented tables in all its glory. [Above, New York State Representative Didi Barrett presents founder Liz Neumark with a citation in appreciation of The Sylvia Center’s decade of service.]
Madeleine Fischer, program coordinator, and Kristen Jovanelly, garden educator and manager, with Joey Ramos, a pulmonary and critical care physician; Elvira Tapler, Michael Tapler and Judy Fishman, a dinner co-chair.
Krystle Watler, who finds The Sylvia Center to be a “meaingful program,” and Ronald Davis, attend their second farm-to-table event.
Despina Leandrou, Michael Laudati and Geoffrey Firth; Mitchell Khosrova and Elaine Khosrova with dinner co-chairs Tanu Kumar and Jacob Israelow.
Joey Ramos, Howard Pulchin of APCO Worldwide and a new board member, and board member and dinner co-chair Debbie Gardner.
Students of The Sylvia Center show their berry-picking skills to a guest; Brandon Grossof FOODMatch, a supporter of The Sylvia Center, and Laura Gross.
Interior designer Amie Weitzman, a sponsor, and Betsy Jacobs, a dinner co-chair.
Nico Miller, board members Dodi Meyer and Chaim Wachsberger, and Fred Buell; board member Courtney Archer and Minkie English.
Gail Cannold, Charles Biblowit, Julie Biblowit, Michael Biblowit, Robert Siegel and Corinne Epstein.
Kyle Schanzer and Lucy Schanzer, an artist, who live in Brooklyn; mother-daughter attendees Leigh Ollman and Joanne Ollman, who have a home in Ghent.
Epitome of pastoral: a field at Katchkie Farm.
Dinner committee members and Chatham homeowners Bill Schreiber and Dara Schreiber; a dinner scene at sundown.
David Adler, Liz Neumark, Max Gomez and Wendy Dessy.