For more than two decades Native Seeds/SEARCH has been working to protect the biodiversity of the Southwest by collection and preserving the native seeds of the region. The Tucson-based non-profit organization is one of the leading organizations working to promote bio-diversity and thereby strengthen local food systems.
This fall the Phoenix chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, a philanthropic organization of women culinary professionals, will host a dinner to benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH. The dinner event will be held at the Farm at South Mountain and will feature an impressive lineup of some of the city's top chefs and a talk from scientist, author, and Native Seeds/SEARCH co-founder Gary Nabhan.
The benefit, called An Afternoon at the Farm: Eat. Drink. Learn., will include food, drink, and an educational talk. Nabhan will speak to guests about his work as a food activist while they enjoy a dinner prepared by several of the regions James Beard Award-nominated chefs.
The afternoon will begin with a cocktail reception hosted by Dame Kim Haasarud from Liquid Architecture and hors d'oeuvres provided by Dame Pat Christofolo's Quiessence. The reception will be followed by a welcome from food writer Nikki Buchanan, President of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Phoenix Chapter.
Next will be a wine demonstration and tasting led by Dame Amy Binkley, co-owner of Binkley's, Café Bink, Bink's Midtown, and Bink's Scottsdale. Binkley will demonstrate how stemware shape affects the taste of wine by allowing guests to taste one Arizona wine in four different glasses.
Following the wine tasting, guests will sit down for a four-course dinner prepared by Dame Charleen Badman of FnB; chef Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco and Pane Bianco; chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley's, Café Bink, Bink's Midtown, and Bink's Scottsdale; and Aaron Chamberlin of St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market Café.
The meal will be paired with wines from Dame Kelly Bostock of Dos Cabezas Wineworks Wines and esserts will be provided by more of Phoenix's top culinary talents: Dame Eugenia Theodosopoulos of Essence Bakery; Dame Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals; and Dame Helen Yung of Sweet Republic Ice Cream.
Nabhan's talk will take places between courses two and three.
An Afternoon at the Farm: Eat. Drink. Learn. will be held on Sunday, October 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $95 per person and can be purchased online. Only 75 seats will be available.