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FirstLine School’s Edible Schoolyard New Orleans hosts ‘An Edible Evening’ fundraiser, Mar. 30

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There’s something special about someone who grows food, as if some magical power exists in their hands. Now imagine that power in the hands of a child. Imagine walking past rows of different crops, from tomatoes and lettuce to kale and eggplant, and realizing that all of this was accomplished by a New Orleans child.
Yep, there is such a place at the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA), a program aimed at changing the way kids “eat, learn, and live” in New Orleans by promoting healthier lifestyles.
The goal of the Edible Schoolyard “is to improve the long-term well being of the students, families, and school community by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs. ESY NOLA involves students in all aspects of growing, harvesting, preparing and enjoying food together as a means of awakening their senses, cultivating a school environment that promotes a sense of pride and responsibility for our land and natural resources, and developing a love of fresh, seasonal foods.”
On Thursday, March 30, the Edible Schoolyard presents their eighth annual Edible Evening, “a garden party under the stars,” explained Claudia Barker, Executive Director of ESYNOLA. “An Edible Evening is our largest and most delicious annual fundraiser. It has quickly become one of the city’s most popular spring parties, and local chefs often tell us that An Edible Evening is their favorite local event. Patrons get to enjoy great local cuisine from established gems like Galatoire’s and High Hat Cafe to new favorites like District Donuts and Willa Jean. The 2017 Edible Evening promises to be great, with wonderful wine, fabulous food, and delightful musical talent, all in a beautiful garden setting, the Dreamkeeper Garden at Langston Hughes Academy, where guests can walk through herb, flower and vegetable beds that are an integral part of our organic gardening and seasonal cooking educational program. Everyone will enjoy seeing the school’s interactive seed-to-table food education program sites, featuring several resident goats, chickens and a pot-bellied pig!”

With An Edible Evening being ESYNOLA’s largest fundraiser, proceeds from the event directly fund ESYNOLA’s garden, kitchen, and wellness education programming at their five open-admissions FirstLine Schools: Arthur Ashe Charter School, John Dibert Community School, S. J. Green Charter School, Langston Hughes Academy, and Clark Prep High School.

An Edible Evening 2017 features awesome food from more than thirty of New Orleans’ best restaurants, wine, music, and conversation with New Orleans’ finest. Eat some Company Burger and Pizza Delicious while drinking wine from Presqu’ile Winery, specialty cocktails from CureCo with distiller DPD Spirits, and beer from NOLA Brewing and listening to live music from Rue Fiya and Blake Amos in celebration of the amazing partnerships that make the K-12th grade food and nutrition programming so successful.
Again this year, An Edible Evening will also feature a Late Wave Party from 9:00pm-10:00pm “with additional food and late-night dancing” Killer Poboys, Taceaux Loceaux, Turkey and the Wolf, Twelve Mile Limit, and Paladar 511.
Claudia concluded, “I love watching our students develop a love of the land through our garden program, and I love watching them learn how to prepare food in healthy ways. We have so many strong partnerships and sponsors who care about our mission to change the way children eat, learn and live in New Orleans and to whom we are very grateful. Their support helps us grow and expand what we do in New Orleans.”

WHAT: An Edible Evening 2017
WHEN: Thursday, March 30 (7:00pm - 10:00pm)
WHERE: Langston Hughes Academy (3519 Trafalgar St.)


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