Mario Batali Programs
As a Garden friend and chef extraordinaire, Mario Batali has a featured role in The Edible Academy. Visit "Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens," an interactive space filled with beds of vegetables and herbs where you can pick up recipes for his popular dishes, and learn how to create fresh, seasonal family meals. Looking for a unique al fresco dining experience? Join us for one of our acclaimed Family Dinners with Mario Batali's Chefs this summer.
Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens
Starts April 5. Open daily 1:30–6 p.m. Included in any All-Garden Pass.
As Honorary Chairman of the Edible Academy Committee, Mario Batali is deeply committed to the goal of promoting the benefits of a healthful lifestyle. Each of the kitchen gardens featured here showcases Italian heirloom vegetables and other nutritious edible plants. Kids can explore with Mario's Menu Mystery game, featuring favorite vegetables and herbs from nine of his restaurants' kitchens.
New vegetables will be sprouting throughout the growing season, with each of the garden beds devoted to a group of crops. The plants are accompanied by Kitchen Tales, the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group's chefs' stories of their own experiences cooking and eating their favorite vegetables.
Watch the Kitchen Tales series:
Family Dinners with Mario Batali's Chefs A MasterCard Priceless NY Event
Sundays, July 27, August 10, September 14 & 21; 5–7:30 p.m. Separate event ticket required.
Celebrate the Edible Academy and Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens with chefs from the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group's acclaimed restaurants. Each dinner features a three-course, family-style menu designed by a featured chef using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Also enjoy hands-on gardening and craft activities, live cooking demonstrations by top chefs in the outdoor Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen, and more. Programming geared for kids ages 4 to 12. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Edible Garden Harvest Festival
September 27–28. Separate event ticket required.
Celebrate the bounty of the fall season with cooking demonstrations, samples from local New York and producers, and artisanal beer and wine. On Sunday only, take part in the annual Family Picnic featuring a cooking demonstration by Chef Batali and his cohost from ABC's The Chew, Carla Hall. More information coming soon. Sign up to be notified by e-mail when tickets go on sale.
The Edible Academy and programs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden are supported by the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., Amy Goldman Fowler, Ph.D., Robert F. Gossett, Jr., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Marion Moore Foundation, Inc., Morgan Stanley, the New York City Mayor’s Office and the City Council, Newman’s Own Foundation, Norinchukin Foundation, Inc., Jill and Alan Rappaport, and Whole Foods Market®.