Edible Schoolyard New Orleans welcomed 500 friends and supporters to a party in the beautiful school garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School.
A signature program of FirstLine schools, Edible Schoolyard 2022 is a charter school management organization that operates four open-admissions public schools in New Orleans with a mission to teach children to make healthy connections through food and the natural world. The program raised approximately $115,000, including sponsorships, patron gifts and ticket sales, which go towards offering children more than 2,000 garden and culinary education classes at the four schools each year, as well as many food-centric family events.
The Murphy Foundation, enthusiastic supporters since 2006, served as the lead sponsor. Other significant sponsors include Miggy and Jay Monroe and the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, as well as Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Bertie Deming Smith, Cathy and Hunter Pierson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Dr. Victoria Snider, Capital One and the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate.
Patrons mingled throughout the lush landscape and enjoyed music by Seguenon Kone, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots and DJ Otto for a dance party at the end of the evening. Luna Botanicals erected a giant moss wall in the school’s cafeteria.
Presqu’ile Wines, owned by the Murphy family, were the exclusive wines served at the event. Cure created cocktails with spirits from Roulaison Distilling Co., and a beer garden featured brews from Cajun Fire Brewing Co. and Urban South Brewery.
Chef Katie Pedroza served as Food Chair, inspiring donations from many supportive restaurants. These included 2 Brothers 1 Love, Addis Ethiopian Kitchen, Black Roux Collective, Carmo, Company Burger, High Hat, Kitchen Table Cafe, Mister Mao, Molly’s Rise and Shine, Piety and Desire Chocolates, Pizza Delicious, Toups’ Meatery and Windowsill Pies.