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Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ seventh annual garden party highlights a decade of garden and culinary education.

Event Co-Chairs Ruth Kullman and Alison Hartman

FirstLine Schools

“An Edible Evening” 2016 celebrated Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ 10th year of joyful interactive garden and culinary programming with a special Patron Party honoring four of the program’s founders: Randy Fertel, Karin Giger, Cathy Pierson, and Dr. Tony Recasner.

Guests enjoyed seeing Langston Hughes Academy’s interactive seed-to-table food education program site, which features several resident goats, chickens and rabbits, an outdoor classroom and a full garden.

The event featured specialty cocktails, beer and food from New Orleans restaurants and wine from Presqu’ile Winery. Presqu’ile and its founders, the Murphy family, are long-time supporters of education, the environment and the arts. The Murphy Foundation was joined by an Anonymous Friend of FirstLine; the Emeril Lagasse Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murphy; Newman’s Own Foundation; Mrs. Bertie Deming Smith; Martha and Gary Solomon; The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation; The G.W. McIlhenny Foundation; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana as top sponsors of this year’s event.

The 10th Anniversary Patron Party began at 6 p.m., sponsored by Phillip Lopez’s Root and Square Root with music provided by Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses.

The Main Party followed at 7 p.m. with musical guests Ron Jones & Bigger Than Easy and Zena Moses & Rue Fiya.

M SQUARED returned as the sponsor of the annual Late Wave Party, featuring DJ Brice Nice that ended the evening of partying on a groovy note. Night owls and young professionals arriving around 9 p.m. indulged in food offered by restaurants El Libre, Killer Poboys, Paladar 511, Taceaux Loceaux, Twelve Mile Limit and We’ve Got Soul.


What: “An Edible Evening,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
When: Thursday, April 14
Where: Langston Hughes Academy Dreamkeeper Garden


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