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Kinderhook, New York

There will be frolicking in the fields of Kinderhook’s Katchkie Farm on Saturday, July 13th to benefit The Sylvia Center, http://www.sylviacenter.org, a nutrition education and youth development organization that serves children, teenagers and families in Columbia Co., NY and New York City. The dinner in the farm’s rolling fields is presented by Great Performances, http://www.greatperfomances.com, the celebrated sustainability oriented catering and events company whose founder and CEO, Liz Neumark, established The Sylvia Center in 2006. This will be the 12th edition of the event which got a name change this year to The Sylvia Center’s Farm Dinner: Where Cooking Grows! (formerly the Farm to Table Dinner).

The meal will showcase Hudson Valley ingredients, including produce from Katchkie Farm, throughout, while spotlighting The Sylvia Center’s activities with tours of the organization’s on-site teaching garden, where students learn how food grows and the skills to cook healthy meals. Indeed, two of the passed hors d’oeuvres presented during the evening’s pre-dinner reception will be conceived and prepared by teens participating in The Sylvia Center’s 12-week Cooks for Health program currently in session at Philmont, NY’s Philmont Cooperative Market.

They are only nine of the 1,500 children The Sylvia Center will serve this year in Columbia Co., where one in six children under 20 years old live in food insecure households, and where one in three youth are overweight. In 2019, The Sylvia Center will work with an additional 1,500 young people from all five boroughs of New York City. Proceeds from the 12th Annual Farm Dinner: Where Cooking Grows! at Katchkie Farm will fund essential programs in Columbia Co. for school children and teens, as well as enable the creation of more community partnerships.

The gastronomic highlight of the evening’s festivities will be a bountiful buffet dinner reflecting Great Performances’ plant-forward philosophy with dishes by its talented culinary team such as Eggplant Meatballs, tomato sauce, summer squash noodles; Crudo Style Shaved Vegetables and Greens,: Wood Fired Chicken, with hibiscus and spice; Crispy Quinoa Aero Farms baby kale & Arugula; Braised Short Rib, with Tajin Field vegetables from Katchkie Farm; Tikka Masala Carrots; Beet Salad, with raspberries, peach onions, extra virgin olive oil and cider vinaigrette; Peach & Nectarine Pie; and Buttermilk Biscuit Blueberry Pandowdy.

When guests take their seats on the long tables under a tend with sweeping views of Katchkie Farm’s verdant fields, natural pond and virgin forest, they will find: Four Fat Fowl Cheese; Pickled Radish, Chilis and Green Beans; Assorted Baguette, Grissini & Focaccia; and amuse bouche of Raw Borscht with cashew crème, dill.

In keeping with the event’s tradition, service will be provided by Great Performances staff who volunteer their time in support of The Sylvia Center. Another tradition, a silent auction, will feature many local products from the likes of Harvest Spirits, Lovers Leap and Kinderhook Farms. The auction will also offer regional experiences including those associated with Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Art Omi and Damsel Farms. And local cattle auctioneer, Colonel Ed Moran, will add a new dynamism to the traditional live auction at the event.

The 12th Annual The Sylvia Center’s Farm Dinner will take Place on Saturday, July 13 at Katchkie Farm, 745 Fischer Road, Kinderhook, NY 12106 with cocktails at 6pm and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $250, which will support one Full Plate on the Farm visit to Katchkie by a community group or a public school class, and can be purchased via https://www.sylviacenter.org/farm-dinner-ticketing/// For more information, call 212-337-6066 or email events@sylviacenter.org.

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