Wow, What a year its been!

Here’s a month-by-month look back at some of the amazing things

that you’ve helped us achieve in 2023.





Flour Power Bakers Workshop

We kicked off the year with a workshop at CAST (Center for Advocacy, Support and Transformation) in Southold to introduce our Flour Power program. We are looking to engage home bakers to help us bake fresh healthy bread to share with food pantries on the East End. We have ambitious goals and want to make it easy for all to help. Click the link to learn more and sign up to bake with us.

Let’s Bake


Fireside at Quogue Wildlife Refuge

On a sunny winter weekend we gathered at Quogue Wildlife Refuge — if you haven’t visited, you should! Open every day, this sanctuary of 305 acres is home to a nature preserve, educational center and refuge for injured wildlife that require human care to survive. Guests were welcome to walk the trails and join us in the nature center to hear more about SFEE programs while enjoying hot soup and cider provided by event sponsor Bell & Whistle Weddings.



Flour Power Bakers Gathering

Main Road Biscuit Company welcomed our treasured bakers and potential new bakers to a Q & A session about Flour Power. These bakers gatherings allow us to connect with our community in a more intimate setting. And, as always we ate delicious nibbles — supplied by MRBC and we drank Long Island wines.

SFEE is committed to supporting our community of bakers throughout the year. With your help we aim to help food pantries with deliveries every two weeks of freshly baked healthy bread. We encourage our bakers to bake 4 loaves of our nutritious

recipe; share three and keep one for your family to enjoy. Our list of involved pantries keeps growing and we always need more bakers!





School Gardens Begin to Bloom Again!

We have one of the most successful Slow Food school garden programs in the U.S. with a mission to connect children and their families with the process of planting and growing real food.

Each year SFEE raises money to give out $10,000 worth of grant monies to schools for garden tools, supplies, and materials. Applications for grants up to $1,000 each are accepted on a rolling basis.

A huge thank you to our master farmer Maria Plitt for all her hard work in 2023 towards reseeding this program post pandemic. We look forward to a robust new year.

School Garden Program Updates




Celebrating Earth Day

Over 300 folks turned out to join us at Saint Joseph Villa in Hampton Bays along the shores of the scenic and historically fruitful Shinnecock Bay.

We gathered in gratitude for Mother Earth and all who help her thrive. The day was an excellent chance to connect with eco-activists, local farmers, growers, artists, and artisans. Guests were introduced to a new plant-based publication, an independent local bookseller with gardening books, the Shinnecock Kelp Farmers, local farmers, eco-activists promoting earth friendly programs and eco-artists using sustainable and foraged materials. Food tastings were available from local chefs and bakers, and wines were provided by Long Island Wine Country vineyards

Save the date – Sun, April 21, 2024

Earth Day 2023 Celebration





Snail of Approval 2023 Awards

Slow Food has long awarded restaurants around the world that incorporate the SF ideals of good clean and fair food for all. SFEE proudly looks beyond eateries to also award businesses from farms, wineries, fish farmers, and food producers Snail of Approval status.

This year we announced awards to:

Amber Waves Farm

ECI – Ecological Culture Initiative

Ty Llwyd Farms

Quail Hill Farm

8 Hands Farm

Suggestions for future nominations are always welcome and appreciated!

For a full list of our SOA recipients, visit our website.


Snail of Approval Awardees

Chefs To Schools

This month we also brought our Chefs To Schools program to the Greenport school and we taught the children how to hydrate with watermelon. Watermelon pizza was made and enjoyed by all.



Farm to Table Dinner at 1760 Farm.

Thank you to all who purchased tickets for our fundraiser. This locavore feast featured a honey centric menu. The night began with a farm tour aboard a tractor-pulled wagon, and a chance to meet Promised Land Apiary owner Chris Kelly who tends the Homestead Farm hives and many more across the East End. 1760 Farm-harvested produce was the highlight of a delicious four-course meal prepared by the Kaiser family, the current stewards of this historic farm established in 1760. Joe Coleman of Double Speak Cocktails rounded out the evening with his delicious spirit-free, hand crafted mocktails featuring honey infused flavors.

Farm to Table Dinner Details





Slow Hour at Macari Vineyards


Our Slow Hours feature a wine tasting plus an informative introduction to worthwhile organizations. At Macari we welcomed Long Island Organics Council to share news about the East End Countertop Food Cycler Pilot Program. We used the night to remind our guests that eliminating food waste from landfills is the easiest and most significant way for individuals to impact and combat global warming.


Slow Hour at Duck Walk Vineyards

(in May) featured a wine tasting and an introduction to Food Rescue US-North Fork, committed to locally reducing food waste and hunger by collecting unused edible foods to share with local food pantries.


Slow Hour Events



Slow F.I.S.H

The Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center welcomed our members to a Taste and Explore a celebration of our East End Merroir. Local F.I.S.H. (Fresh Indigenous Sustainable Healthy) tastes were supplied by Lombardi’s Love Lane and wines were donated by Long Island Wine Country vineyards who celebrated 50 years of East End viniculture this year.


Guests enjoyed a private tour of the site’s renowned hatchery and the chance to talk with fishery experts and learn more about why oysters are among the most sustainable and beneficial seafoods. Live demonstrations included how to fillet a variety of fishes and properly shuck an oyster.

Slow F.I.S.H. details





Slowing Down on the Forks.

September is the month that East End promotes our affiliations with Slow Food USA and Slow Food International.

Slow Food USA’s annual membership drive takes place every September.

Gaining the support of new members helps insure our national organization is able to thrive on a local level. SFEE is one of the most active chapters in the USA.

We also celebrated Slow Food International’s partnership with Negroni Week – a global initiative to raise and distribute funds to local SF chapters working to promote food and beverage production that is good for everyone and good for the planet.

In September SFEE received one of the 29 grants that were made globally this year to various chapters whose programs work to change the world through food and beverage. WOO HOO! Thanks to all who helped and continue to support our efforts for our Flour Power program.



Slow Hour at Amber Waves

This event allowed us all to learn all about this amazing organic woman-run farm. We took a tour of the farm, shared some incredible farm fresh food and Long Island wines and were taught how this amazing farming operation operates.

They have a great CSA membership, which not only includes lots of their great produce, but also allows you to pick your own flowers — and they are gorgeous.

As they enter their 15th season, Amber Waves is poised to become one of the foremost educational farm operations in the nation, brimming with boundless potential. And with their prepared foods, fresh farm produce, and flower fields, they continue to connect to our Hamptons community in all the best ways. This non profit operation was awarded our Snail Of Approval award for good reason!

Amber Waves Farm




SFEE Celebrates Our Community.

We held our annual public meeting at Veteran’s Park in Mattituck to gather with our East End community. We welcomed our new incoming Board members and paid tribute to our outgoing members Pennie Schwartz, Robyn Tyson-Stoehr and Peter Berley for all their amazing contributions — way too many to list!

The meeting kicked off our week-long virtual auction which was a great success with over 75 auction items donated by our SFEE community. We are grateful for the amazing response, together we raised over $15,000!

The money raised through this auction is the way SFEE is able to fund our Feed the Forks initiatives including School Gardens and Flour Power.

Our donors



Toasting a Year, Working Together!

It’s been a busy year and we were grateful to celebrate our bonds with a dinner together. The wine cellar at Macari Wines is a handsome, cozy location where we took time to reflect and to look forward. Dinner was served by A Catered Fork and our very own Al Goldberg provided a delicious homemade finale, his famous fruit-topped cheesecakes.

We thank our entire volunteer Board for all their work in 2023.


Here’s to looking at you 2024…

Our all-volunteer board and chapter is continually growing. We urge our community not just to follow our work but to reach out and get involved. From Flour Power to producing local events, joining our team is a great way to meet new friends and help support our mission. Special note: if you have financial training we are looking for a treasurer to join our board. Email us at slowfoodeastend@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.

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