Monday, Sustainable Jersey announced that New Jersey chefs and farms will come together to celebrate the Farm to Table movement and promote awareness about sustainability efforts while raising financial support for Sustainable Jersey. The Sustainable Fare for Sustainable Jersey is a fundraiser planned for August 9, 2012 under the stars at Terhune Orchards in the new red barn built by the Amish and topped with solar panels.
Guests will enjoy a five-course meal with wine pairing, cocktails, and music by the Riverside Bluegrass Band. The following chefs have donated their time and talent for the event: Chris Albrecht of Eno Terra in Kingston, Jim Weaver of Tre Piani, Scott Anderson of Elements, Chris Graciano of Witherspoon Grill, Edgar Urias of Blue Point Grill, and Gab Carbon and Matt Errico of The Bent Spoon.
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey; currently 378 towns are registered and working towards Sustainable Jersey certification and 108 are certified.
“Support for Sustainable Jersey has become critical to the progress many towns have made in advancing environmental stewardship and healthy communities,” Terhune Orchards’ owner and Sustainable Jersey Board President Pam Mount said. “The night will be a celebration of local food and the chefs, restaurants and farms who are known for their dedication to focusing on fresh local ingredients. It will be a deliciously fun evening for a good cause.”
Sustainable Jersey has a menu of action items that are worth points. Participating towns establish a “Green Team” that leads its town through the process of completing actions to accumulate enough points to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.
The actions related to local food include: Buy Fresh, Buy Local programs, farmers markets, community, school and municipal gardens, zoning for food production and sales, and farmland preservation plans.
The farm to table benefit will take place on Thursday, August 9, 2012. Cocktails will be served starting at 5:00 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased at sustainablejersey.com or here: Register
About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey. Launched in 2009, Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity. Sustainable Jersey is empowering New Jersey towns to build a better world for future generations. It provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs.