The 10th annual “An Edible Evening” gathered guests for a garden party to benefit Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. All proceeds from this celebration of local cuisine, wine, live music and student-made goods ensure that children learn to make healthy connections to food and the natural world, through hands-on, garden-based food and nutrition education classes at all FirstLine Schools.
Torrential rains brought the party indoors, but a moss wall created an illusion of being outside in the school atrium. A bounty of one-of-a-kind organic centerpieces adorned tables composed of ESY-grown snapdragons, calendula, bachelor button, nigella, swiss chard and herbs from four school gardens.
A student photo gallery featured portraits of students celebrating the joy of gardening at Langston Hughes Academy, with goats, chickens and a pot-bellied pig named J-Lo Pig.
Guests enjoyed a DIY boutonniere station, assembled tea bags using dried garden herbs and created their own garden-themed clay brooches, necklaces and magnets with artist Remy Diamond.
Patron Party catering was provided by Jack Rose, The Bayou Bar and a signature cocktail by Hot Tin. The main party featured more than 30 local restaurants. The exclusive wine was provided by Presqu’ile Wines, and a beer garden included beer from Miel Brewery & Taproom, Parish Brewing Co., Parleaux Beer Lab and Urban South Brewery. Cure created the signature cocktail using Porchjam Distillery Spirits.
Sponsored by Positive Vibrations, musical entertainment included Segenon Kone as well as the George Porter Jr. Trio, Déjà Krewe and DJ Brice Nice. The Tangiers Combo played at the Patron Party.
The silent auction offered 60 packages, ranging from Broadway in NOLA tickets, an Emeril Lagasse Wine Package, French Quarter Rendezvous and a 30-A Getaway. There was also a London Getaway Raffle and Jewelry Pull of 200 pieces.
Kieta Mutepfa and Stacy Leeman Guest served as Event Co-Chairs. Silent Auction Co-Chairs were Chrissy Carmody and Madhavi King.
Event at a Glance
What: “An Edible Evening,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
When: Thursday, April 4
Where: Langston Hughes Academy
Charles West Beard, Koneca West, Executive Director Claudia Barker and Carrie Bevans
Jay Altman, Carol Starr, Claudia Barker and Randy Fertel
Jim and Stacy Guest with Lauren and Ryan Haydel
John and Kathleen Stassi with Kerrie Partridge and Karin Giger
David Barbier, Sabrina Pence, Alison Hartman and Greg St. Etienne