Meet Our New Leaders

October 31, 2013 in Past Events

Two new Leaders joined the Board of Slow Food East End as a result of elections held by members in October. Here are the bios they provided us with at that time.

M. Pierre Friedrichs, East Hampton

Slow Food Experience: I have been a member of Slow Food East End for the past three years with a recent emphasis on helping organize the annual event for the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation Fund, which benefits the Edible School Garden Group. Three years ago I organized, planned, promoted and executed a potluck lunch, tour and fundraiser at Mecox Bay Dairy.

I grew up on Millbank Farms, an 80-acre farm outside of New Orleans that has been in my family for 130 years where we raised our own livestock, poultry and vegetables. Most of the food my family ate was raised at Mill Bank Farms — “we always knew who we were eating.”

My career has been focused on food retailing — as a corporate caterer at Rockefeller Center, restaurant owner and front of house manager, independent caterer and private chef. I am a chef and farmer — engaged in many aspects of local farming, food and community. The past two summers I have served as a private chef for families on the East End incorporating not only products from my own farm, but those from many local growers and purveyors. We are so fortunate to live in a region where we have an abundance of farmers, food producers, fishermen/women, and vintners etc. who embrace the tenets of Slow Food.

 

Megan Schmidt, Sag Harbor

Slow Food Experience: Since moving to the East End, I have connected with people who see food and cooking the way I do through Slow Food East End.As a leader, I will do my part in keeping the momentum of Slow Food — the conversation, the implementation — strong and beneficial to the entire community. I am a board member of the Edible School Gardens group, co-founder of the Edible School Garden at The Child Development Center of the Hamptons in Wainscott; and a leader of the volunteer food-awareness group, Peconic Harvest.

In 2000, while living on the island of Maui, my family joined its first CSA program. As a city kid who took for granted where my food came from, living next to an onion farm and getting a weekly produce box, completely changed how I saw food, land and our relationship with it.

I am a health-conscious home cook, mother, food advocate and owner of The Good Farm Delivery, a “hyper” local food service for the South Fork that is currently winding down its first season. A year-round resident of the East End for 11 years, I have dedicated myself to supporting local food systems with my new company and promoting healthy food choices and conversation with my blog, The Good Bowl (thegoodbowl.com).

I hold a BA in Art History from Trinity College, and when not delivering local food, I freelance as a design and marketing consultant. A native New Yorker, I currently reside in Sag Harbor with my husband, Marc, and our young daughter.

Officers Reelected

October 31, 2013 in Past Events

We are pleased to announce the re-election of Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz as Chair, and Joan Turturro as Secretary, of Slow Food East End for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2014.

According to our bylaws, chapter officers are elected by the Leaders (Board). Elections for the offices of Chair and Secretary are held on odd-numbered years. Officers are elected by the Board by an anonymous electronic or written ballot.

Edible East End Magazine Showcases Edible School Gardens of East End in Fall Issue

October 31, 2013 in Past Events

The article highlights how Slow Food East End’s Chair Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz and Vice-Chair Bryan Futerman have led the Edible School Garden movement here, and how our chapter has developed school garden financing with the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation and other sources. Read the full article here.

 

 

Newest Edible School Garden Breaks Ground

October 31, 2013 in Past Events

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Shelter Island Edible School garden took place on Friday, October 11 at a 30 by 72-foot area next to the elementary wing of the Shelter Island School. The following information is from an article that appeared in the Shelter Island Reporter by Charity Robey on October 7, 2013. To read the entire article, click here.

New Leaders Elected with Electronic Voting

October 2, 2013 in Past Events

On September 15th, an electronic ballot was sent to all Slow Food East End members asking them to vote for 7 of the 9 candidates running to be Leaders for a two-year term, 2014-2016.  Voting took place September 17-27. Almost one-third of our membership voted, making this the largest and most democratic election our chapter has ever had.

 The following 7 candidates were elected, including the 5 incumbents running for re-election.

  • Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz
  • M. Pierre Friedrichs
  • Bryan Futerman
  • Anne Howard
  • Linda Slezak
  • Megan Schmidt
  • Jeri Woodhouse

Congratulations to our two new Leaders, Pierre Friedrichs and Megan Schmidt, who will join the leadership team that is now expanded from 10 to 12 members. Current Leaders who were not up for re-election this term and whose terms continue include Jeannie Calderale, Tullia Limarzi, Cheryl Stair, Ivo Tomasini, and Joan Turturro.

We wish to thank everyone who ran for office and everyone who took the time to vote Elections do matter, and your Leaders take their responsibility seriously.  We are looking forward to an even better year in 2014.

New York Farm Bureau Offers Ag Scholarships

October 2, 2013 in Past Events

New York Farm Bureau and Long Island Farm Bureau together are encouraging high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field to apply for the New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship, sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship award amounts are $1,500 for first place, $1,200 for second and $1,000 for third place.

Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a student Farm Bureau membership. Students are required to submit a brief essay answering the question, “If you had the power to change something in your community or on your farm, what would you change and why?”

The application submission deadline is November 18, 2013. To nominate someone for the scholarship or to request an application, call 1-800-342-4143 or visit www.nyfb.org and then scroll down to “Farm Essentials” for scholarship information and the application.

Edible School Gardens Meeting Wednesday, September 18th

September 1, 2013 in Past Events

From Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz, Slow Food East End Chair
Our first meeting of the school year will be at Bridgehampton School on Wednesday, September 18th at 4pm.   I will send out an agenda closer to the meeting date but the first meeting will enable us to catch up with each other, hear about how each garden has fared, and to discuss the Master Farmer program and available resources.
Date:       Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
Time:       4-6pm
Place:      Bridgehampton School
Address:  2685 Montauk Highway Bridgehampton, NY 11968
Contact:   Judiann  Carmack-Fayyaz : JCFayyaz@gmail.com
Please visit our Edible School Gardens website for more information. If your garden is not posted, if the information is not current or if you have new press and/or a better picture, please contact Megan Schmitt @ meganandella@gmail.com so that she can update the website.

North Fork Foodie Tour Sept. 8

August 28, 2013 in Past Events

Sunday, September 8, 2013
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm, Youngs Avenue between Routes 25 and 48, Southold
Tickets: $25 per person, children under 12 free. Click here to purchase.

The North Fork of Long Island is famous for delectable fare — think Peconic Bay scallops and Long Island duck, strawberries, potatoes and wine country. The tradition of farming has continued and expanded. Now it’s taken on yet another life as artisans have begun to produce distinctive foods and explore methods of sustainable agriculture.

On Sunday, September 8th, the North Fork Reform Synagogue gives you a chance to meet the extraordinary people who have dedicated their lives to producing unique local foods and wines and learn how they do it.

If you purchase your tickets in advance, you can pick up a map of tour locations and information on times of special events any time after 9:00 am at Peconic Land Trust’s Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm in Southold. Then you’re off on your own personal do-as-you please foodie tour. It’s a great time to invite your “foodie friends” out for the weekend

To see a listing of all the participating farms. vendors, and events taking place at Charnews Farm during the day, click here to download the flyer.

Help Us Out at the Foodie Tour, Won’t You?

Slow Food East End will have a tasting table at the start of the Foodie Tour. Loads of people pick up their tickets and start the tour at the Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm in Southold. It’s a great opportunity to tell people about what Slow Food means and to encourage people to join the Slow Food movement. If you’d like to help, send an email to volunteers@slowfoodeastend.og

 

You’re Invited: Slow Food East End Annual Potluck Supper and Meeting

August 13, 2013 in Past Events

Sunday, September 15, 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Shelter Island Historical Society
Havens House Barn
16 South Ferry Road
Shelter Island, NY 11964

All members and friends of our chapter are invited – and encouraged – to attend. This event is free, open to all – and it’s really the highlight of the year. Havens House Barn is a beautiful reproduction of a historic building convenient to both the North and South Forks. Bring a favorite “slow” dish to share and a serving utensil. BYOB, too.

Order of Business  FUN!

  • Learn more about our Slow Food Chapter
  • Get to know current officers and chapter leaders
  • Meet candidates for new leaders
  • Share a wonderful meal with Slow Food friends

Please RSVP!

We’d like to know if you are coming so we can plan accordingly.

Please email Linda Slezak at LndSlzk1@gmail.com to confirm your attendance.

All For the East End Bash to Benefit Local Non-Profits

June 23, 2013 in Past Events

All For The East End is planning the biggest party of the summer to raise money for East End nonprofit organizations and 1000 discounted tickets are available right now*. It will be a fab night of grooving and moving to Nile Rodgers and Chic, plus Swedish DJ sensation Avicii. This fun music event is a benefit for All For The East End (AFTEE), a unique charitable organization focused solely on raising money for the nonprofits that make the East End of Long Island such a great place to live.

Proceeds from the concert will support AFTEE’s establishment of an East End Fund. Nonprofits will have the opportunity to apply for grants from this fund, so our chapter could benefit from this event.

Event:  AFTEE’s Nile Rodgers Dance Party – East End
Date:  Monday, August 19, 2013
Time:  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location:  Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY

Tickets:  All For The East End website: www.aftee.org
Rain or Shine!

*As a community organization, the AFTEE board has set aside 25% of the general admission tickets to be sold at $50 on a first-come, first-served basis to residents of the East End. Because of the special pricing, these tickets will be subject to specific requirements. To qualify for a resident ticket, your primary residence must be in one of the five East End towns. Your billing zip code must match your residential zip code. Gate entry will be through a separate entrance and will require picture ID and proof of residency with valid credit card. Purchasers must be present at the gate.

All For The East End is a 501(c)(3) non-profit establishment whose primary purpose is to raise awareness of the role not-for-profit organizations play in making the east end of Long Island one of the most desirable places to live in the world and to establish a fund of new money that they will have access to through a grant process. The Long Island Community Foundation will manage and administer the disbursement of funds obtained through AFTEE’s efforts.