Homecoming Farm is excited to welcome Long Island Chef Tom Schaudel as the culinary master at their inaugural Cocktails in the Cloister event, celebrating their 22nd growing season, on September 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The money raised will support all the work of Homecoming Farm, including their educational programming and commitment to providing beautiful, certified organic, locally grown, fresh food to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN).
A Long Island resident and champion, with many successful restaurants in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, including Jewel, Alure and Kingfish Oyster Bar, Schaudel offers his support to many nonprofits across Long Island. “I’m happy to participate at an event celebrating an organization that keeps it homegrown on Long Island,” says Schaudel. In addition to his sure-to-be-delicious recipes, Schaudel is going to mix a signature cocktail created with honey from Homecoming Farm’s hives.
“We are grateful for Tom’s generosity and honored to have him play such an integral role in our celebration,” says Elizabeth Keihm, Homecoming Farm’s executive director. “Cocktails in the Cloister will also include live music and a gorgeous setting that most Long Islanders have never experienced.”
This event is made possible by the gracious generosity of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, as it will be held in their beautiful Cloister Garden and Rosary Hall Chapel. The chapel was built in 1878 based on 13th-century German architecture, and the 1992 restoration brought back the beauty of its stained-glass windows and cathedral wood ceiling.
The Cloister Garden, located directly next to the chapel, was built so the sisters could experience and enjoy being outside while remaining in the cloister. “Our guests at the event will be transformed to another time, a simpler time, as they enter the chapel and see the colors in the garden,” says Keihm.
Homecoming Farm, Long Island’s first community supported agriculture (CSA) and NOFA NY Certified Organic farm, is located on the land of the Sisters of St. Dominic and is a sponsored ministry of the congregation. They are committed to the understanding that the human and natural worlds are one community of life. They believe that when we care for Earth, we care for ourselves, each other and future generations while creating sustainable communities.
Cost: $200 per person. Location: 555 Albany Ave., Amityville. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 631-608-9307 or visit HomeComingEarth.org.