FAMILY
GARDEN
PICNIC

Sunday, September 28, 2014
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
rain or shine

Join Garden Board Member and Chef
Mario Batali on a culinary adventure with
a delicious picnic lunch 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:


Join Garden Board Member Chef Mario Batali and his co-host from ABC's The Chew, Carla Hall, for an exclusive family picnic and cooking demonstration, with all proceeds benefiting the Garden's Edible Academy, hub of the children's vegetable gardening program. This exciting culinary adventure begins at 11 a.m. with a delicious picnic lunch designed personally by Mario. Enjoy your picnic on the beautiful Garden grounds, and then dig into some hands-on fun in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. Activities abound as kids can compete in a CORN-SHUCKING CONTEST, follow clues to find MARIO'S MENU MYSTERY, climb a GIANT OAK TREE, HARVEST VEGETABLES in the garden, and make their own CHEF'S HATS, HARVEST BAGS, SEED PACKETS, PICKLES, and more!



At 12:45 p.m. Carla Hall will arrive to sign books and chat with guests before joining Mario for a live cooking demonstration at 2 p.m. An exclusive reception hosted by Mario and the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic Chairmen will follow, featuring seasonal hors d'oeuvres designed by Mario and Carla—a perfect end to a beautiful day celebrating the joy of gardening and cooking.

The Edible Academy, and its planned state-of-the-art facility, will significantly expand the edible gardening program opportunities, so that twice as many children, parents, and teachers (from 40,000 to 80,000) can learn how to grow fruits and vegetables, as well as make the important connections among plants, gardening, nutrition, and the benefits of a healthful lifestyle.

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Schedule of Events

  • 11–2 p.m.

    Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic and Activities

    Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

  • 12:45–1:30 p.m.

    Booksigning with Carla Hall, Mario's co-host on ABC's The Chew

    Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

  • 2–2:45 p.m.

    Cooking Demonstration Featuring Mario Batali and Special Guest, Carla Hall

    Conservatory Tent

  • 3–4 p.m.

    Exclusive Reception hosted by Mario Batali and the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic Chairmen with Carla Hall

    Conservatory Courtyard

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TICKETS and PACKAGES

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

Family Garden Picnic Ticket
Adults: $125 Children: $75

Individual tickets include:

  • The Family Garden Picnic Lunch designed by Mario
  • Children's Activities in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning with Carla Hall
  • Guaranteed seating for Mario's Cooking Demonstration
  • Access to the Harvest Festival

Family Garden Foodie Ticket $125

Individual tickets include:

  • Guaranteed seating for Mario's Cooking Demonstration
  • Exclusive Reception hosted by Mario Batali and the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic Chairmen with Carla Hall featuring seasonal hors d'oeuvres by Mario and Carla
  • Access to the Harvest Festival

Family Package $500

Tickets for a family of 4 including:

  • The Family Garden Picnic Lunch designed by Mario
  • Children's Activities in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning with Carla Hall
  • Reserved seating for Mario's Cooking Demonstration
  • Exclusive Reception hosted by Mario Batali and the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic Chairmen with Carla Hall featuring seasonal hors d'oeuvres by Mario and Carla
  • Listing on the Program
  • Listing for your child(ren) on the Young Gardeners Committee
  • Access to the Harvest Festival

Sponsor Package $1,500

Tickets for 2 adults and 4 children including:

  • The Family Garden Picnic Lunch designed by Mario
  • Children's Activities in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning with Carla Hall
  • Reserved seating for Mario's Cooking Demonstration
  • Exclusive Reception hosted by Mario Batali and the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic Chairmen with Carla Hall featuring seasonal hors d'oeuvres by Mario and Carla
  • Listing on the Program as a Family Garden Picnic Sponsor
  • Listing for your child(ren) on the Young Gardeners Committee
  • Complimentary NYBG Family Membership
  • Access to the Harvest Festival

Patron Package $5,000

Tickets for 10 guests including:

  • The Family Garden Picnic Lunch designed by Mario
  • Children's Activities in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning with Carla Hall
  • VIP seating for Mario's Cooking Demonstration
  • Exclusive Reception hosted by Mario Batali and the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic Chairmen with Carla Hall featuring seasonal hors d'oeuvres by Mario and Carla
  • Listing on the Program as a Family Garden Picnic Patron
  • Listing for your child(ren) on the Young Gardeners Committee
  • Complimentary NYBG Family Membership
  • Gift Membership for your child's favorite teacher
  • Access to the Harvest Festival

Benefactor Package $10,000

Tickets for 20 guests including:

  • The Family Garden Picnic Lunch designed by Mario
  • Children's Activities in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
  • Access to Booksigning with Carla Hall
  • VIP seating for Mario's Cooking Demonstration
  • Exclusive Reception hosted by Mario Batali and the Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic Chairmen with Carla Hall featuring seasonal hors d'oeuvres by Mario and Carla
  • Listing on the Program as a Family Garden Picnic Benefactor
  • Listing for your child(ren) on the Young Gardeners Committee
  • Complimentary NYBG Family Membership
  • Gift Membership for your child's favorite teacher
  • Access to the Harvest Festival

CHAIRMEN

  • Genevieve and Peter C.H. Brown
  • Jennifer and John Duffy
  • Emma and Todd Goergen
  • Sharon and Bill Jacob
  • 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
  • Susan Lynch
  • Eliot and Wilson Nolen

HONORARY CHAIRMAN

  • Jill Joyce

FOUNDING CHAIRMEN

  • Julie and Nick Sakellariadis

HONORARY CHAIRMAN of the EDIBLE ACADEMY COMMITTEE

  • Mario Batali