By now, you’ll see the Lighthouse Dinner on the horizon, just two weeks away on March 27th from 6:00pm-9:30pm. And you may be thinking to yourself, I know what to expect. You might have been to Lighthouse before, the locally-sourced, seasonal dishes as familiar to you as the organic drinks. But this Change Food Benefit Dinner and Auction is unpredictable in nature: the warm, homey picnic tables will be topped with Chef Joey Scalabrino’s creations, uniquely crafted for this family-style meal, in Celebration of Brooklyn.
The young (26-years-old?!) and decorated Chef Scalabrino has a knack for upending expectations, according to the The New Yorker, so that’s what we will – well – expect to see when he gets a hold of ingredients from Brooklyn’s best.
Microgreens courtesy of Edenworks’ aquaponics operation in Brooklyn will bring 40x the beneficial nutrients of conventional leafy greens to the table. They’ll be complemented by organic produce from Local Roots NYC, whose local support of 15 farmers and 20 small-batch producers benefits over 650 households, and by pesticide-free lettuce, which Gotham Greens’ cultivates in 100% clean energy rooftop greenhouses.
Pescatarians rejoice, for Chef Scalabrino will also have the opportunity to experiment with Sea to Table’s small-scale sustainable wild shellfish. We won’t even have to sacrifice the clean-eating high when dessert is served – Sweet Loren’s all-natural cookies and brownies complete the final course. You’ll leave with a gift bag in hand (Who can say what delicious surprises await?!) and a pleasant buzz, compliments of Brooklyn’s own Strong Rope Brewery.
Luckily, it’s not too late to purchase tickets and experience for yourself the product of philosophies shared between two leaders in the sustainable food movement: Change Food’s Diane Hatz and Lighthouse BK’s Naama Tamir. Lighthouse flourishes due to Tamir’s roots; her family quite literally built the space and her understanding of an unprocessed, healthful lifestyle built the concept. And Hatz, in typical Change Food fashion, has once again managed to orchestrate a meeting of great food minds, enjoyed as a fantastic night out.
To share this meal with Hatz, Andrew Ive of Food-X, Viraj Puri of Gotham Greens, and Robert Graham of FRESH Med NYC is a treat in and of itself! We look forward to seeing you there.
Carly Brand is studying Sustainable Urban Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She looks to Change Food for future generations and loves to hear your perspectives at firstname.lastname@example.org.