Slow Food East End will host a Fall Market Dinner on October 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 18 Bay Restaurant, located at 23 North Ferry Road in Shelter Island. This event will honor Susan and Myron Levine and celebrate the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, one of the oldest varieties of pumpkin grown in North America with a four-course meal that highlights the pumpkin in the meal.
Slow Food East End will present Susan and Myron Levine with the second Carlo Petrini Award for their support of programs that encourage positive farming practices, healthy eating, education and a sustainable environment through the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation. The foundation supports Slow Food East End’s Master Farmer Program and also supports Edible School Garden Programs in the area.
The Long Island Regional Seed Consortium (LIRSC) started The Long Island Cheese Pumpkin Project as an attempt to make this local variety known. The Long Island Cheese Pumpkin has been steadily disappearing from commercial seed catalogs for decades and is now listed among the 200 foods in Slow Food USA’s “Ark of Taste,” which keeps track of foods that are facing extinction. Slow Food East End is proud to be an “ambassador” of the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin by helping to save this native species.
Entry costs $95 for each Slow Food member and $110 each for non-member. The price includes the meal, tax, gratuities and a $10 per person general donation to Slow Food East End. A cash bar will be open during dinner. Space is limited and the last day to make a reservation is October 17. Make your reservation at www.slowfoodeastend.org. For more information, please contact Darlene Salatto Rose at (917)981-0501 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Lindsay Andarakis