Urban Roots is holding their annual fundraiser in two parts this Sunday. Part one, at 4:30 p.m., is a four course farm to table dinner prepared by Chef Mark Estee of Campo, Heritage, Burger Me!, and Chez Louie. Dinner will include meats and vegetables from local farms and wine from Churchill Vineyards. During dinner, Mark Estee will speak on his recent adventures on the Food Network and the importance of supporting edible education. Tickets are $200 a plate, $150 is a tax-deductible contribution to Urban Roots.
Part two, starting at 6 p.m., the Urban Roots 4th Street campus hosts a free public event. All are welcome for farm tours, drinks and snacks provided by local brewers and vendors, and music in the newly renovated FarmHouse.
New this year is that the event will be at the farm campus where all are welcome and encouraged to come see what’s growing. This event will be family friendly, with farm craft activities taught by Urban Roots summer camp staff.
The event highlights Urban Roots’ involvement with Artown with a silent auction and raffle to benefit the Urban Roots teaching farm and edible education in Reno. Artists from Reno provide diverse art pieces and gift cards to great local businesses. The event also debuts a childhood-themed mural painted by FarmCorps AmeriCorps members.
For the past five years, Urban Roots has worked passionately to bring garden education to local students and teachers through farm to school programming. To further this vision, all of the funds raised from “Art, Food and Roots” will go towards expanding the programming and widening the reach of programs at Urban Roots.
This event, more than any other, helps Urban Roots to provide the services they offer to the community. The “Art, Food and Roots” event showcases all things local. “This is a night to connect with our food and our community through art and celebration,” said Jeff Bryant, Executive Director at Urban Roots.
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.