Edible Schoolyard NYC Event

The Party:  Edible Schoolyard NYC’s “Putting Down Roots” fundraiser in Manhattan on April 7

The Hosts:  Alison Cayne, Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman, Elizabeth and Jeffrey Leeds, and Fernanda Niven were the co-chairs; David Chang, the award-winning chef and founder of the Momokuku Restaurant Group, served as the culinary chair; and Questlove was the musical guest.


Event co-chairs Elizabeth Leeds, Amanda Fuhrman, Alison Cayne, and Fernanda Niven

The Concept: Thirty-two renowned chefs, including April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig, Tom Colicchio of Craft and Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem created meals for the more than 400 attendees.


Kate Brahares, Executive Director of Edible Schoolyard NYC, with the participating chefs  

The Décor: Event designer, Bronson van Wyck, transformed the industrial space at 23 Wall Street into a stunning and magical urban garden.

The Raison D’Etre: The sold-out event raised more than $1 million for Edible Schoolyard NYC to continue building organic gardens and kitchen classrooms in underserved communities.

EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD NYC'S Spring Benefit, Putting

 Kate Brahares, Edible Schoolyard NYC’s executive director, with culinary chair, David Chang 

J’adored:  The delectable food, the creative cocktail hour that was presided over by renowned mixologist Dave Arnold of Brooker and Dax, the tablescapes, which included trailing vines, soon-to-be-planted spring bulbs in jams jars, and the occasional roasted pig and platter of oysters, and the chic mix of people.

Sighted: Martha Stewart; actor, Oliver Platt; fashion designer, Lela Rose; restaurateur, Danny Meyer; Proenza Schouler designers, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez; Lucy Sykes Rellie; Aby and Samantha Boardman Rosen; W magazine editor-in-chief, Stefano Tonchi; Bon Appétit editor-in-chief, Adam Rapoport; and PAPER magazine editor-in-chief, Kim Hastreiter


Edible Schoolyard NYC supporter, Martha Stewart

To Attend Next Year:  Call 347.565.0100  or email info@esynyc.org

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