Friday, October 2, 2015

{#FarmtoTable} @NYBG Family Dinner with @DelPosto Chef @mattabdoo #FoodieFriday

New York Botanical Gardens Family Dinner With Del Posto Restaurant Chef Matt Abdoo
Global Gardens - The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden
Global Gardens - The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden

If the Farm to Table Movement is a lifestyle you wish to adopt, then do I have a Foodie Friday for YOU!

The New York Botanical Garden offered a series of Family Dinners this summer that featured Eataly Chefs for an outdoor three-course family meal made by some of the finest chefs New York City has to offer!

The Edible Academy at New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
The Edible Academy at New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
Gourmet meals with a twist that even kids could enjoy were on tap featuring chefs from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's restaurants to support the NY Botanical Garden Edible Academy. Thanks to a recent donation drive in honor of CEO Gregory Long's 25 years with the nonprofit, a $28 million dollar donation to the board allowed the garden to establish a year-round Edible Academy, teaching 80,000 families and children about gardening and nutrition onsite!

The dinners allow attendees to learn from the pros with cooking demonstrations, crafting and gardening activities. I got to attend the last dinner in the series with Chef Matt Abdoo of Del Posto Restaurant and Chef Melissa Rodriguez in New York City.

Photo Highlights:

The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden
Before the dinner was served there was various stations to keep everyone engaged before the cooking demonstration and sit down dinner outdoors.

Decorate a Chefs Apron at The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden
There was a create your own Apron Station! (I skipped this one, I have a ton of them and I never use them!) But kids really seemed to dig this station and it was fun watching them at work.

Make A Take Home Italian Salad Dressing at The Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden
There was a create your own Italian Dressing Station (chock full of Garden Fresh Herbs!)

Pot up a basil plant to take home station at The Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden
There was a Plant your Basil Station (I LOVED this! My Great-Grandmother was the one with the hand for Gardening, and doing this made me think of her) - And I am Proud to report my Plant is doing fine and well so far! When I cut my first pieces from it and incorporate it into a recipe I will post a photo for sure!

Potted basil plant The Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden
I will bet this Basil will always taste sweeter because I planted it myself!
The path towards the event showed off various gardens and I just had to nab shots of those!

Korea Garden - The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden
Korea Garden - The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden

Ireland Garden - The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden
Ireland Garden - The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden

Italy Garden - The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden
Italy Garden - The Edible Academy, New York Botanical Garden

I got shots of AND with Chef Matt Abdoo:

Chef Matt Abdoo of Del Posto Restaurant in New York City leads Family Dinner Cooking Demonstrations at New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York in support of The Edible Academy
Above: Chef Matt Abdoo of Del Posto Restaurant in New York City leads Family Dinner Cooking Demonstrations at New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York in support of The Edible Academy. A shout out to Whole Foods, they were one of the event sponsors!


Above: Stoked that I could nab a shot with the chef! (I arrived super early in hopes that I could)

Annie Novak of The New York Botanical Garden

Above: Annie Novak of The New York Botanical Garden kicked off the dinner. And I have to add that her Frida Kahlo socks are ON POINT!!!

Above: Had to nab a shot of my place setting of course!

The Menu:

First Course (Primi)

Above: Grilled Peaches, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Burrata Salad (this was AWESOME, I so wish 'Tastovision' was a thing!)

Second Course (Secondi)

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with Salsa Verde
Yukon Gold Potato Salad
Slow-Cooked Rainbow Chard

Dessert Course (Dolci)

Tiramisu (We discussed an 'adult version' where you soak the lady fingers in alcohol that I am TOTALLY going to try for myself! Well technically when the idea came up that you don't just have to just soak the lady fingers in coffe, I may have ASKED directly about soaking mine is a certain Spirit instead (I'm not naming it until I try out the recipe for myself! Stay thirsty my butterflies!)

The Wine Pairings:

Of course I have to share the wines that were offered to pair with the meal:

Leone de Castris Verdeca Bianco Messapia 2009, Red Wine
Above: Leone de Castris Verdeca Bianco Messapia 2009, Red Wine - You guys know I have trouble with finding balanced Red Wines that aren't so tannins heavy that they make me have that suck the roof of my mouth reaction to it, this one was PERFECT. I finally found a red I truly enjoy! The waiter was sweet enough and patient enough to hold all the bottles up so I could nab a shot of them!

Altesino Toscana Rosso 2013, White Wine
Above: Altesino Toscana Rosso 2013, White Wine

2014 Brancato Rosato Il Poggione Rosato di Toscana, Rose Wine
Above: 2014 Brancato Rosato Il Poggione Rosato di Toscana, Rose Wine

MY TAKE:

A Family Dinner isn't fun without family, so I brought Mama Butterfly along:

Above: Left: Mama Butterfly and Right: ME! Ascending Butterfly enjoying a beautiful Family Dinner at New York Botanical Garden, for those fashionistas who want to know, the blouse is by Calvin Klein and the necklace is by Silpada!

It was so perfect that I got to attend the final dinner in the series, it was a bit after Fashion Week and it was the perfect way to wind down from a chaotic week. If you arrive well before the dinner, you can stroll the Garden, hit the gift shop and check out what the Garden has to offer. This is actually a limited seating event, so you want to book early and if you are a big group, arriving early would help ensure that your party is seated together. Because they allow children and we all know children have short attention spans, be patient and try to sit up front if you can, but know they may 'roam the aisles' if their parents allow them to (I wish parents wouldn't allow the kids to roam around during the demo). I have to give special props to Chef Abdoo, he is incredibly patient/good with children! Next summer I hope the entire series lines up with my schedule!

And if they are reading: As a single girl in the city with no kids, I wouldn't get mad at a 'singles' version of this dinner. A no kids allowed version, just saying......

Call to Action/Readers Sound Off: Where do you stand in the Farm to Table Movement? Do you already or would you consider growing your own food?


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32 comments:

  1. Just beautiful pictures. I love all the different gardens, Looks like a fun and tasty experience.

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  2. That is so cool! I love to grow my own veggies, so I think a world garden of veggies would be a blast.

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  3. I would love to grow my own food, but I kill everything I ever tried to grow before. Farm to table is something I like to try for sure. The fresher the better.

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  4. What a fantastic experience! I love that they have different cultural sections throughout the garden and all of the wines sound wonderful.

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  5. How sweet you were able to bring your mother! I never been to NY Botanical Gardens Im originally from there and I have yet to go! I am definitely going on my next trip!

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  6. I love the concept of the farm to table movement. I wish I didn't live in an apartment so that I could grow my own food.

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  7. Sounds like a fun event. Comparing the gardens sounds interesting. I would have spent sometime at the make your own italian dressing station. Let us know about the Tiramasu.

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  8. I wish my thumb would be greener than it is. It's awesome that that garden has such a variety!

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  9. I got excited to see that they have Korea there in their garden. I try to grow the veggies that we love in my backyard, it's great to cook homefrown produce.

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  10. I love this. What a cool idea. All of the small gardens are so fun. What a great way to teach kids about different cultures!

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  11. What great pictures , I would have loved to have been there fresh air ,wine , a wonderful meal prepared by a great chef and fam. amazing !!

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  12. I would love to visit a place like this! Fresh foods right from the garden! Love it

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  13. I grow some veggies in a pot. I have cherry tomatoes and I get a good batch everyday. My next project would be an herb planter. Growing my own stuff is a great hobby.

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  14. I would love to grow my own food. If we had the room for it, I would in an instant. But until then we rely on farms (local) for all our needs! - Jeanine

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  15. I love those little stations where you could make your own food! I'd have a blast making my own dressing! Farm to table is always the best way to eat. This sounds like a very fun and educational event!

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  16. We just did a farm to table activity with Red Gold. Your farm to table activity looks like you got a lot of fun activities to do!

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  17. This looks like such a great event! I would love to attend something like this in our area - for now we will have to be content to round up veggies from the farm stands.

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  18. I have grown some of our food in the past, but stopped a couple years ago. I'd really like to get back to it.

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  19. That sounds lovely. The appetizer looked amazing. And I love fresh basil more than anything.

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  20. Oh wow, it must have been so fun to attend this event. I would be interested in the make your own apron and salad dressing activities.

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  21. What a beautiful setting for this event! I'm sure your mom had an amazing time with you too.

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  22. The NY Botanical Garden Edible Academy sounds amazing. My kids would have loved this when they were younger. I will have to share this with my friends that live in the area.

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  23. If only we live in NY or even just nearby, I would certainly check the family dinners at the New York Botanical Gardens. I love checking events like that. Sounds really great!

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  24. I've never been to NYC but this looks like such a fun time! Thanks for joinin the club!

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  25. Omg I am loving this!!!! I would love to grown my own food! Unfortunately I do not have a green thumb.

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  26. That would be fun to make your own dressing and/or apron. I know my kids would be all over the apron station.:)

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  27. what a fab experience! very fun, for me to see!

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  28. I love NYC and this looks like an amazing adventure. I'd love to take my girls to an Edible Academy so they could try all the things that can be grown and eaten!

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  29. I would love to have my own garden if i had the time! Something to keep in mind.

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  30. That just looks like a really great experience. I would love to do the make your own salad dressing!

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  31. This is really a very interesting garden. I love the different nationalities being highlighted. Great work.

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