Hootenanny! A Barn Dance Benefit for Grow Dat

ABOUT: Join us on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6:30-10pm for our Barn Dance Benefit presented by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. This is an incredibly unique event that takes place at our farm and features music, dancing, dinner, and cocktails.

This year held at Cafe Reconcile, 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

This year, square dancing with caller Dan Baker and free Zydeco instruction with Harold Bernard kicks off an evening of revelry. Performances by four-time Grammy nominee Cedric Watson, My Wife’s Hat and The Western Sweethearts will inspire revelers to kick up their heels. Premier local restaurants and chefs cooking up small plates include:

1,000 Figs
Centerplate
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Fulton Alley
Good Eggs
Mr. B’s Bistro
Mondo
Pagoda Cafe
St. James Cheese
SEED
Seither’s Seafood
Sodexho
Woody’s Fish Tacos

We will also offer craft cocktails, coffee specialties, and have ice-cold beer on hand. And last but not least, we are offering some very exciting silent auction items, including once in a lifetime vacation opportunities, unique art pieces, and other special surprises.

Tickets are $40 in advance online, or $50 at the door.

To reach out goal of getting 500 people to the farm, we hope you will also consider encouraging those you know to become part of our “Cultivating Friends” campaign. Those so inclined to organize a group can save on tickets and be a leader for our cause! CULTIVATE FRIENDS AND SAVE! Make a $400 contribution and you’ll get 11 tickets (that’s 1 ticket free!) and you’ll also underwrite one comp ticket for a Grow Dat youth or community member.  Or, make a $200 donation and you’ll get 6 tickets (one ticket free!) and underwrite one comp ticket for a Grow Dat youth.

FEATURED SPONSORS:
The Goldring Family Foundation
Donna and Jim Barksdale

HARVESTER SPONSORS:
Anonymous
Cathy and Hunter Pierson

SPROUT SPONSORS:
Nancy and Mike Marsiglia
Amanda Hammack and Donald Link
Carol and Harold Asher
Dr Ryan Thibodaux and Second Line Family Dentistry
Tales of the Cocktail
iBERIABANK
New Orleans Magazine
Offbeat Magazine
Duplantier Ice Services

OUR HONORARY EVENT HOSTS INVITE YOU TO JOIN US! Carol and Harold Asher, Cathy Pierson, Eve Troeh, Glen Armantrout, Councilman Jason Williams, Jennifer Kelley, Katy Casbarian, Margaret Orr, Nancy and Mike Marsiglia, Octavio Mantilla, Dr Ryan Thibodaux and Second Line Family Dentistry, Scott Cowen, Stephanie Stone and Ludovico Feoli, Susan Spicer, and Suzanne Mobley.

GROW DAT YOUNG ALUMI HOSTS:  Ashley Morgan, Cody Watson, Geiby Gomez, Melanie Long, Storie Cook, Tim Dubuclet, Tre Spadoni, Valentina Carillo and Yasmin Davis.

HOOTENANNY PLANNING COMMITTEE:  Stephanie Barksdale (Chair), Jennifer Kelley (LHF), Jeanne Firth, Claire Alsup, Nellie Catzen, Willa Conway, Kathryn Conyers, Johanna Gilligan, Malliron Hodge, Sarah Howard, Marian Howorth, Stephanie Krell, Kristy Magner, Keelia O’Malley, Emily Posner, and Joshua Schoop.

ABOUT GROW DAT: The mission of the Grow Dat Youth Farm is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. You can support these young adults who are growing food for New Orleans by joining us for the Grow Dat Hootenanny! Proceeds from this benefit will help us employ 40 teenagers to grow 12,000 pounds of food this year.