Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Slow Feast in the Field at Green Gate Farms

Third Annual Benefit for Unique Public Charter School

Austin, TX - October 10, 2009 - On Saturday evening, October 24, 2009, Green Gate Farms will host its third annual Slow Feast in the Field celebrating local, naturally grown, freshly harvested food to benefit the Austin Discovery School (ADS).

This magical evening will feature a progressive five-course gourmet meal served outdoors at the historic Bergstrom homestead. Guests will dine on seasonal fare surrounded by fields of produce. The menu will feature heirloom vegetables and Duroc/Berkshire pork raised at the farm and prepared by Chef Jesse Bloom of Ecstatic Cuisine.

“We look forward to hosting this event each year because Austin
Discovery School is one of the most innovative elementary schools in
Austin,” says Erin Flynn, co-founder of Green Gate Farms, a family-owned and operated sustainable farm eight miles east of downtown
Austin. “Putting on this feast is such fun: the farm twinkles and the
food is divine.”

Local sponsors include: Slow Food Austin, Sweet Leaf Tea, Richard’s Rain Water, Marquee Event Group, Flat Creek Estate, Stacey Hoyt Events, Mary Louise Butters Brownies, Elixer Coffee, Texas Olive Ranch, Good Flow Honey, and Texas Medicinals.

This intimate dining experience is limited to 100 guests. The Austin Discovery School will use funds from the event to support it’s innovative programs, which include one of the county’s most established organic Junior Master Gardener® programs. Tickets are $100 per plate and are available at http://www.austindiscoveryschool.org/.

About Austin Discovery School, http://www.austindiscoveryschool.org/
Cinnamon Henley, Executive Director, 512.674.0700
Austin Discovery School (ADS) is an innovative free public charter school serving children in grades K-6. A small, community oriented school, ADS offers spacious, naturally lit, beautiful classrooms with a 32:2 student to teacher ratio. ADS features hands-on math and science, integrates literacy across the curriculum, and offers fine arts and an organic Junior Master Gardener® program. Our fresh approach to education emphasizes social responsibility, good health, and environment while pursuing a rigorous academic program.

About Slow Food, http://www.slowfoodaustin.org/
Sara Weber, Slow Food Austin President, 512.964.6514
The Slow Food Austin Convivium hosts slow educational and taste events throughout the year. It is part of Slow Food International, founded in 1986 in Italy, in reaction to the opening of first the McDonalds in Pizza Spagna near the historic Spanish Steps in Rome - a nod to the contrast with fast food values. The organization was created to celebrate and promote rich and delicious food traditions that are part of our cultural heritage.

About Green Gate Farms, http://www.greengatefarms.net/
Skip Connett and Erin Flynn, co-owners, 512.949-9830
Green Gate Farms, a small family farm, uses sustainable methods to
grow vegetables, flowers, and meat just eight miles east of downtown
Austin at the historic Bergstrom farmstead. Visitors and volunteers
are encouraged to participate in our weekly CSA membership program,
shop at our farm stand, tour the farm, and join in our workshops and

For a copy of the flyer with additional information, click here.

About Ecstatic Cuisine, http://www.ecstaticcuisine.com/
Jesse Bloom, Chef 512.919.5100
Ecstatic Cuisine creates spectacular food events that inspire clients, nourish community, and sustain the earth. They use Iocal and organic ingredients in a unique brand of world fusion cuisine. Their professionalism, passion, and uncompromising gift for flavor combine to create food experiences that are, in a word, ecstatic.

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