Check out this dinner table! If these folks can do dinner for 200 in an orchard, think of what you can do at home next weekend. In a great earth friendly summer celebration, this past Saturday night I attended the Peconic Land Trust's annual At The Common Table Dinner at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. All of the food and wine came from the farmland we were sitting on, a neighboring vineyard and from the sea nearby. All of the chefs donated their time, and all the tickets purchased went to conserving working farms and natural lands on Long Island.
Due to reading Yvonne Chouinard's autobiography five years ago, I signed Apartment Therapy up to match his commitment to earth preservation. For the past three of those years we've been sending 1% of our annual revenue to the Peconic Land Trust out on Long Island. Over time the gift has grown and provided a meaningful part of their annual budget. You can read all about our initiative right here.
Which means a big thank you to all of you who read Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn. Due to your readership we're able to not only contribute a good deal of money, but we're also able to publicize their work and promote a healthy and long term relationship with the earth.
Food was served, but a great deal of pickles, ramps, beets and condiments were already on the table
Over at The Kitchn, we're running a yearlong series of posts called "A Year on the Farm", written by Cambria Bold, who has been travelling to the farm each season to get her hands dirty, journal a full day and share what life is like on a community supported organic farm throughout the year.
The head farmer, Scott Chaskey gave the keynote speech from the top of this ladder. Later in the meal, at dessert, he spoke again and called me up to share our partnership.
In the middle of the dinner on Saturday night, I was called up to introduce Apartment Therapy to the crowd and talk a little bit about our annual commitment through 1% For The Planet. The crowd was quiet, all ears were open and I was super proud to be able to tell them that our large online community and our staff were right there with them.