CHARITY NEWS

Growing The Slow Food Movement

The Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation and Slow Food East End will host “A Moveable Feast” this Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom in Sag Harbor.
On the first weekend of the spring season, the community will come together to awaken the earth with food, drinks, music, and a silent auction. The evening celebrates the life of Quail Hill farmer Joshua Levine.

In addition, the event will support Edible School Gardens, an organization dedicated to reconnecting children and their families with organic food. Through building greenhouses and gardens on school property, students can learn firsthand where their nutrients come from. What started with only seven schools has grown to include 25 schools on the East End.

The theme this year is Grow: awareness of healthy eating habits, hard work, and philanthropy within the community.

“We hope to bring awareness of the importance of what we are doing, to the parents . . . so that they can participate and assist in what we are trying to instill in their children,” explained Myron Levine, founder of The Joshua Levine Foundation.

“When my son [Joshua] was here, and worked on the Quail Hill farm and at the Sag Harbor Farmer’s Market, he made many friends in the farming community. I have continued to be involved with that community. I have personally seen it grow, and I see the passion on their faces and the excitement they all feel about what they are doing.”

Since its first event in 2011, the foundation has received an outpouring of community participation. The foundation’s mission is to identify and support charitable programs which promote good farming practices, healthy eating, education, and a sustainable environment.

This year’s keynote speaker is Sam Kass, food entrepreneur and former White House chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition under the Obama administration. Richard McCarthy, the head of Slow Food USA, will moderate a discussion on “Growing Healthy Kids and Healthy Communities, and the Future of Food.” Slow Food’s goal is to transform the way the world produces and enjoys food.

This year’s event features business sponsors. Platinum sponsors include Dodds & Edger Landscape and The Art of Eating; Gold sponsors Norsic & Sons, and Bartlett Tree Service; Silver sponsors, Sparkling Pools & Harbor Tubs, BNB Bank, Hampton Jitney, and Tates Bake Shop; and Bronze sponsorships, Compass Real Estate, WordHampton, Dayton Ritz & Osborne, Ferraris Accounting, Jackson Dodds, Ray Smith Tree Care, Kolb Mechanical, Land Planning Associates, Merrill Lynch, Mulvey Plumbing, Peconic Gate, and Phoebe & Bell.

The silent auction items include golf course tickets, restaurant gift certificates, overnight stays at local hotels, CSA membership, experience tours, personal training sessions, and Hampton Jitney vouchers.

Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom is located at 11 Bridge Lane in Sag Harbor. Tickets are $100 for Slow Food members and $150 for non-members. For more information visit www.slowfoodeastend.org.

Nicole@indyeastend.com
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