FAMILY
GARDEN
PICNIC

Monday, June 10, 2013
From 4 to 8 p.m., rain or shine
Join Garden Board Member and Chef
Mario Batali on a culinary adventure with
a delicious picnic supper and activities, and
watch him in action at a live cooking demo.

The Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic
has been generously underwritten by:

Additional Support provided by:


Melanie Dunea Photography

Join Garden friend and celebrity chef Mario Batali for an exclusive family picnic and cooking demonstration, with all proceeds going to the development of The New York Botanical Garden's new Edible Academy. The Edible Academy will be a dramatic expansion of the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, creating a year-round learning center that will educate 80,000 children, teachers, families, and adults each year about the important connections between plants, gardening, nutrition, and health, expanding on the wonderful programs already in place at the Family Garden. This exciting culinary adventure begins at 4 p.m. with a delicious picnic supper designed personally by Mario. Enjoy your picnic on the beautiful Garden grounds, then dig in to some hands-on fun in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.

Learn to HARVEST VEGETABLES through engaging hands-on tutorials, compete in a corn-shucking contest, follow clues to MARIO'S MYSTERY INGREDIENT, climb a GIANT OAK TREE, see a EUROPEAN EAGLE OWL, make your own CHEF'S HAT, HARVEST BAGS, SEED PETS, PICKLES, and more!

At 5:30 p.m. Mario will arrive to sign books and chat with guests before hosting a live Cooking Demonstration with Daphne Oz, Mario's co-host on ABC's The Chew at 6:00 p.m.

A special Cocktail Reception hosted by Mario and the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic Chairmen will follow, featuring signature Batali cocktail recipes and other Batali–inspired treats—a perfect end to a beautiful day celebrating the joy of gardening and cooking.

Get your tickets today!

Schedule Of Events

  • 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    Family Garden Picnic and Activities

    Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

    Booksigning with Mario Batali

    In front of the Conservatory Tent adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

  • 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

    Cooking Demonstration Featuring Mario Batali and Special Guest, Daphne Oz

    Conservatory Tent

  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Cocktail Reception Hosted by Mario Batali and the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic Chairmen

    Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

Get your tickets today!

TICKETS and PACKAGES

Get your tickets today!

For more information, please call 718.817.8773 or e-mail Caroline Balkonis at cbalkonis@nybg.org

Cooking Demonstration Tickets:

  • Access to Booksigning
  • General Seating for the Cooking Demonstration by Mario Batali and Special Guest, Daphne Oz

Members: Adults: $20 Children: $5

Non-Members: Adults: $40 Children: $15

Family Garden Picnic and Cooking Demonstration Ticket:

  • Family Garden Picnic Supper
  • Access to the Children's Activities in the Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning
  • General Seating for the Cooking Demonstration by Mario Batali and Special Guest, Daphne Oz

Adults: $125 Children: $75

Cooking Demonstration and Cocktail Reception Ticket:

  • Access to Booksigning
  • General Seating for the Cooking Demonstration by Mario Batali and Special Guest, Daphne Oz
  • Access to the Cocktail Reception in the Family Garden

Adults: $125 Children $75

Family Package:

Includes tickets for 2 adults and 2 children

  • Family Garden Picnic Supper
  • Access to the Children's Activities in the Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning Event
  • Reserved Seating for the Cooking Demonstration by Mario Batali and Special Guest, Daphne Oz
  • Access to the Cocktail Reception in the Family Garden
  • Listing on the Family Garden Picnic Committee
  • Listing for your child(ren) on the Young Gardeners Committee

$500

Sponsor Package:

Includes tickets for 2 adults and 4 children

  • Family Garden Picnic Supper
  • Access to the Children's Activities in the Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning Event
  • Reserved Seating for the Cooking Demonstration by Mario Batali and Special Guest, Daphne Oz
  • Access to the Cocktail Reception in the Family Garden
  • Listing on the Invitation as a Family Garden Picnic Sponsor
  • Listing for your child(ren) on the Young Gardeners Committee
  • Complimentary NYBG Family Membership

$1,500

Patron Package:

Includes tickets for 10 guests

  • Family Garden Picnic Supper
  • Access to the Children's Activities in the Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning Event
  • VIP Seating for the Cooking Demonstration by Mario Batali and Special Guest, Daphne Oz
  • Access to the Cocktail Reception in the Family Garden
  • Listing on the Invitation as a Family Garden Picnic Patron
  • Listing for your child(ren) on the Young Gardeners Committee
  • Complimentary NYBG Family Membership and a Gift Membership for your child's favorite teacher

$5,000

Benefactor Package:

Includes tickets for 20 guests

  • Family Garden Picnic Supper
  • Access to the Children's Activities in the Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning Event
  • VIP Seating for the Cooking Demonstration by Mario Batali and Special Guest, Daphne Oz
  • Access to the Cocktail Reception in the Family Garden
  • Listing on the Invitation as a Family Garden Picnic Benefactor
  • Listing for your child(ren) on the Young Gardeners Committee
  • Complimentary NYBG Family Membership and a Gift Membership for your child's favorite teacher

$10,000

CHAIRMEN

  • Genevieve and Peter C.H. Brown
  • Cristina and Christopher Cuomo
  • Jennifer and John Duffy
  • Emma and Todd Goergen
  • Sharon and Bill Jacob
  • Pauline Joerger
  • Nathalie and Edward Kaplan
  • Annie and James Lansing
  • Jennifer and Malcolm Nolen
  • Kimberly and Jean Putzer
  • Beth and Beau Taylor
  • Julia and Ted Weld

GRANDPARENTS CHAIRMEN

  • Anne and Tom Hubbard
  • Edie and Hamilton Kean
  • Eliot and Wilson Nolen

HONORARY CHAIRMAN

  • Jill Joyce

FOUNDING CHAIRMEN

  • Julie and Nick Sakellariadis

HONORARY CHAIRMAN of the EDIBLE ACADEMY COMMITTEE

  • Mario Batali