CLIFTON, N.J. -- Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas will host a farm-to-table dinner Aug. 9 to benefit City Green, a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities.
The dinner will take be at 7 p.m. at the restaurant, 70 Kingsland Road, Clifton, with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support the “Growing Strong” high school intern program, which offers paid summer employment, youth development and job training to inner city students.
The event will feature an array of farm-fresh, local and seasonal dishes starring ingredients grown in City Green’s gardens. It will feature passed appetizers followed by a five-course dinner developed and prepared by Executive Chef Josh Bernstein and the Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas culinary team. Dinner will be paired with wines specially selected to complement the seasonal menu.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with City Green Farms,” Bernstein said. “At Spuntino, our menu development focuses on incorporating fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, and we believe in supporting local farms and vendors. City Green Farms share that belief, and we are proud to support its team’s efforts to provide fresh produce and nutrition education for residents in urban communities where farm-fresh produce and foods aren’t easily accessible.”
Tickets are $80 and can be purchased online .
Besides this event, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas collaborates with City Green on additional programs throughout the year, including its “Dig In! Growing Great Vegetables” workshop series, where Bernstein hosts farm-to-table food demonstrations to teach participants how to prepare easy, affordable dishes using produce grown in on City Green farms. Bernstein also teaches cooking lessons to students enrolled in the Growing Strong high school internship program, working with students to prepare dishes using ingredients they grew and harvested themselves on the City Green farm, and helping to educate them on the benefits of farm-fresh foods.
City Green is a 501(c)3 urban farming and gardening organization, based in Clifton, that works to revitalize urban areas through agriculture and educational programming. It offers practical, technical and financial resources in support of environmental stewardship, equitable access to healthy food and ecologically sustainable communities. For more information, contact Jennifer Papa at 973-869-4086 or visit www.citygreenonline.org.
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