Chefs, Farmers and Fishers Collaborate on Inaugural Fundraiser for Sustainability, Slow Food


The Eastern Long Island Chapter of the American Culinary Foundation has been very active lately, working to get East End chefs and culinary students at Suffolk County Community College engaged in the community. Membership chair Christopher Singlemann has been steadily publicizing their monthly meetings and working with other organizations to promote good local food.

Next Sunday, September 28, ACFELI is teaming up with Slow Food East End to host a dinner/fundraiser at the Westhampton Country Club. The event, S.E.E.D., which stands for sustainable East End development, is raising money for Slow Food’s  Edible School Garden project, which hires farmers work with local schools in their gardens and greenhouses, and ACF’s Chefs Move to School, an initiative created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Sam Kass, White House senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives, as part of the White House’s Let’s Move campaign, which partners chefs and teachers to encourage healthy eating and proper nutrition.

Participating chefs include Tom Schaudel  of A lure, the Petulant Wino and Jewel; Lia Fallon of Brewology, Speonk; Ralph Perazzo of BBD’s; Todd Jacobs of Fresh Hamptons; Noah Schwartz of Noah’s; Doug Gulija of Plaza Café; and Jay Jadeja  of East West BistroThe complete list is here.

Participating farms include Browders Birds, Invincible Summer Farms, Margene Farms, Oysterponds Shellfish, Long Island Mushroom and Sang Lee Farms. Lenz Winery, Mattabella Vineyards, One Woman Wines & Vineyards, Raphael, Roanoke Vineyards, St. James Brewery and Southampton Publick House are bringing along their wine and beer.

The event starts at 4 p.m., and admission is $75. VIP tickets also are available for $125 and include admission to a screening of Shell Shocked, a film about the fight to bring oysters back to New York Harbor. The screening is at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center and will be followed, at 3 p.m., by a sparkling wine and oyster reception at the club, 35 Potunk Lane, Westhampton Beach, where the master of ceremonies will be George Hirsch.

Click here for more information or to order tickets, or call Chris Singleman at 631-807-2668.