Sotheby’s Auction House hosted the second annual Art of Farming event last week to celebrate edible heirlooms and the art involved in their creation. This special evening provided a unique platform for local farmers, purveyors, celebrity chefs, food industry experts and philanthropists to join together for a shared interest in supporting local agriculture and sustainable food options for all New Yorkers.
The evening included a cocktail reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres by Rouge Tomate, followed by a seated dinner with guests at long family style farm tables. Dinner was buffet style with a groaning board incorporating dishes reflecting the bounty of the season. Featured dishes were created by a line-up of prominent NYC and tri-state area chefs known for their pride in farm-to-table cuisine.
Participating chefs included Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen, Alexandra Guarnaschelli of Butter, Jeremy Bearman of Rouge Tomate, Bill Telepan of Telepan, Mark Meyer of Cookshop and many more.
The highlight of the night was the live auction of incredible food and drink experiences led by a Sotheby’s auctioneer. “I came last year, loved the event and couldn’t wait to get back. I thought it was beautifully managed and the spirit in the room was great,” says Jaime Niven, the Sotheby’s auctioneer for the evening. “We were able to raise a lot of money. I got to gain about 2 lbs. Seriously, though, I think it was a wonderful event,” he adds. All proceeds from the event benefit GrowNYC New Farmers Development Project and The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm.
GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
The Sylvia Center (TSC) is a garden-to-table program based at Katchkie Farm that inspires young people to discover good nutrition through thoughtful, direct experiences with seasonal fruits and vegetables, on the farm and in the kitchen.
“The Art of Farming auction and dinner at Sotheby’s represents a new level of commitment to sustainable agriculture and good earth practices while supporting and celebrating local flavors,” says Liz Neumark, Founder and CEO of Great Performances. “The Art of Farming is a true celebration of the farmers, chefs, and food makers who feed us, and we are thrilled to have Sotheby’s as an ally in supporting food diversity from the farm fields to our kitchens.”