February 5, 2019

Attending "Chefs x Breeders: A Dinner from the Ground Up"

As many of you know, I am a very passionate gardener. I love growing my own fruits and vegetables, trying new and rare seeds, and learning how others practice sustainable agriculture.

Recently, I attended a wonderful and most inspiring dinner highlighting flavorful, disease-resistant produce prepared by some of New York’s finest chefs. The event was called “Chefs x Breeders: A Dinner from the Ground Up”. It promoted the work of Row 7, a company co-founded by renowned chef, Dan Barber, along with vegetable breeder, Michael Mazourek, and seedsman, Matthew Goldfarb, that focuses on developing flavor-optimized seed varieties. 300-guests were invited to try dishes prepared by master chefs, such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Dan Kluger, Christian Puglisi, Heinz Reitbauer, Ana Sortun, Alex Stupak, Daniela Soto-Innes, and Daniel Humm - each using one of the new, and experimental vegetables. It was an exceptional event and one that I hope pushes forward the conversation of seed conservation and innovation.

Here are some photos - enjoy.