“Edible Evening” fundraiser at Green Charter to benefit school gardens

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More than 20 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants will meet Thursday night (March 19) at Samuel J. Green Charter School in a benefit for FirstLine Schools five “seed-to-table” food-education gardening programs across the city.

For more information see the following press release:

Edible Schoolyard NOLA’s ‘An Edible Evening’ Garden Party

Supports Kids Gardening, Seasonal Cooking Programs at Five FirstLine Schools

WHO: Edible Schoolyard New Orleans and FirstLine Schools

WHAT: AN EDIBLE EVENING benefiting Edible Schoolyard NOLA

WHEN: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, Patron Hour 6 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Samuel J. Green Charter School, 2319 Valence St.

COST: $45 per ticket, Patron tickets start at $250; available at https://donate.firstlineschools.org/EE2013.

DETAILS: (NEW ORLEANS)—Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) and its title sponsor Presqu’ile Winery will deliver AN EDIBLE EVENING: A Garden Party Under the Stars on Thursday, March 21 at Samuel J. Green Charter School, 2319 Valence St. The fourth annual event is ESYNOLA’s biggest annual fundraiser and will feature delicious bites from some of the city’s finest local restaurants, as well as live music, a silent auction and specialty cocktails. For the third year Presqu’ile, of Santa Maria, Calif., is the exclusive wine sponsor of AN EDIBLE EVENING.

AN EDIBLE EVENING has become a rite of spring in New Orleans. The event takes place in the beautiful teaching garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School, ESYNOLA’s flagship location, and is catered by 25 of New Orleans best restaurants. In addition to its title sponsor, An Edible Evening is made possible by The Murphy Foundation, Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, Bertie Deming Smith, Sodexo in partnership with Pigeon Caterers, IBERIABANK, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, The James R. Moffett Family Foundation, Rouses, Whitney Bank and Merritt Lane. The event is co-chaired by volunteers Vera Lester and Christina Sheets. Music for An Edible Evening sponsored in part by Positive Vibrations Foundation includes Seguenon Kone and NOCCA Jazz Ensemble.

Food and drink is being provided by: Atchafalaya, Bacchanal Wines, Bayona, Capdeville, Chateau du Lac Bistro, Company Burger, Cook Me Something Mister Catering, Deanie’s Seafood, Domenica, High Hat Café, Langenstein’s, Link Restaurant Group, Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop, Maurepas Foods, Midway Pizzeria, Mimi’s in the Marigny, Palace Café, Pizza Delicious, Red Fish Grill, Rouses, St. James Cheese Company, Slice Pizzeria, Slow Food with Cleaver and Co, Southern Hospitality Catering, Swiss Confectionery, Taceaux Loceaux, Three Muses, Whole Foods Market, and more.

Tickets are $45 in advance at www.esynola.org, $50 at the door. Patron tickets start at $250. To become an event sponsor or patron supporter, contact Vera Lester at verarocks@gmail.com or Alisha Johnson at alisha@esynola.org.

Edible Schoolyard NOLA, now in its sixth year, serves 2,500 students in grades pre-K through 12th across the five open-admissions, public charter schools run by FirstLine Schools, Inc. ESYNOLA is a comprehensive seed-to-table food education program that aims to change the way children eat, learn and live through hands-on gardening and kitchen classes that are integrated into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs. For more information, please visit www.esynola.org.

The mission of FirstLine Schools is to create and inspire great open enrollment public schools in New Orleans. FirstLine currently operates Samuel J. Green Charter School, Arthur Ashe Charter School, John Dibert Community School, Langston Hughes Academy, and Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School. For more information, please visit www.firstlineschools.org.

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