Last night, David Chang and his team at Ma Peche hosted a kickoff fundraiser for Alice Waters' latest Edible Schoolyard project, which will be the first in the New York area and the most expensive project to date. The little mezzanine space seemed almost at capacity with the Edible Schoolyard folks, the reps from the chosen school PS 216 in Gravesend Brooklyn, board members like Isaac Mizrahi, and donors who paid $350 a pop to get in. Chang said he would have liked to have held the event in the restaurant space, but settled for the mezzanine since it's still far from complete (there is a chance it will open before the end of winter, he said).
Chang— who is on the advisory board with other food world folks like Michael Anthony, Danny Meyer, Ruth Reichl, and Michael Pollan—said he emailed Alice early on about getting a new program set up on the East Coast, and she immediately sprang into action. (He also noted she is the only person to tell him to stop opening more restaurants).
Meanwhile Waters spoke of the virtues of learning science from making an omelette, math from counting the crops in the field and said she wished that farmers and teachers could be the highest paid workers in the country. Ground breaks this fall and there is a hell of a lot of moolah left to raise. See here for more info and click through for some of the renderings.