A Moveable Feast

Jessica Mackin-Cipro

On Sunday I headed to “A Moveable Feast” in Sag Harbor. The foodie event was held to benefit The Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation and Slow Food East End. Taking place at Dodds & Eder Home, it was a celebration honoring Quail Hill farmer Joshua Levine and supporting Edible School Gardens on the East End.

The Dodds & Eder showroom offered the perfect backdrop for guests to enjoy sampling some of the East End’s exceptional food and drink. We tasted delicious bites from locations such as noah’s, Endless Summer Catering, Hamptons Farms, Art of Eating, Peconic Gold Oysters, Bostwicks Catering, PawPaw Pop Up, The Bridgehampton Inn, Love Lane Kitchen, and many more.

“Building a sustainable farm and food community on the East End is important and rewarding. Local food businesses need to support each other to make this movement a reality,” said Carissa Waechter of East Hampton’s Carissa’s Breads in a press release for the event.

Chef Sam McCleland of Sag Harbor’s The Bell & Anchor echoed the sentiment, stating the importance of “sourcing locally [and] having a true relationship with our farmers, who are friends to us.”

The event’s keynote speaker was Sam Kass, the former White House chef and senior policy advisor for nutrition under the Obama administration. Kass joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009 as assistant chef and later became food initiative coordinator. Richard McCarthy, the head of Slow Food USA, moderated a discussion.

“I love the camaraderie of being with like-minded folks in the industry who are dedicated to feeding people what is good for the body, soul, and planet,” stated Cheryl Stair of Art of Eating, which is located in Bridgehampton.

The evening also featured student farmers who shared some of their experiences in their school’s garden. Money raised from the annual Moveable Feast events have helped the East End have one of the largest, most successful school garden programs in the United States, with 27 schools represented.

For more info visit www.slowfoodeastend.org.

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