Are you obsessed with eating fresh and local? Do you believe that everyone– no matter what neighborhood they live in or how much money they make– should have access to fresh produce? Then you do NOT want to miss this event!
On Friday, October 16th, from 7-10 p.m., join local chefs and growers at the Navy Yard (5201 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia PA) for PHeaSt– the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) one-of-a-kind celebration to benefit the City Harvest program. PHeaSt pairs local growers and top-tier regional chefs for an extraordinary garden-to-table dining experience.
Guests will spend the evening sipping craft cocktails and sampling garden-fresh dishes from the region’s finest restaurants, like the “Pulled Pork & Kimchee on Toast” dish created by Chef Gabriel Alcaraz of Fitler Dining Room (formerly of Sbraga and Fat Ham). The chef– who collaborates closely with a local farmer on his menu throughout the year– says that PHeaSt is unique because it celebrates the intimate relationship between growers and chefs. “At the start of every growing season, I sit down with Farmer Dave from Z Food Farm to brainstorm the menu,” Chef Alcaraz explained. “If I want to showcase a unique vegetable or herb for a particular dish, he tries to accommodate me as much as possible.”
The PHS City Harvest Program taps the skills and energy of urban gardeners to make fresh produce more widely available in under-resourced neighborhoods by growing and donating more than 20,000 pounds of produce each year, helping to feed about 1,200 families per week during the growing season. Featured grower Natania Schaumburg– founder of Bubbe’s Backyard– works with her neighbors and her 98 year old grandmother to provide fresh, healthy produce from her backyard garden to low-income residents in her local community. “The City Harvest Program provides all the materials to make my project possible– from the soil to the plants to the materials I need to extend my growing season. They make it possible for our neighbors to have access to fresh food!”
Through City Harvest, PHS and its partners have empowered urban gardeners to share the fruits of their labor with families in need. The program is creating an infrastructure of agricultural supply and education centers, as well as expanding fresh food production, distribution, and consumption in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, thereby creating a healthier future for thousands of city residents. City Harvest also has offered more than 850 inmates opportunities to gain job skills, give back to their communities, and look forward to promising futures.
“By joining us at PHeaSt, you’re helping PHS to build a strong network of urban growers and community gardeners who grow and distribute fresh produce in their local communities to neighbors in need,” says Julianne Schrader Ortega, Chief of Programs at PHS. “This is especially important in Philly where 22% of us lack access to enough food to live healthy, active lives.”