SOUTHAMPTON, NY -- In June, Amagansett Food Institute will officially change its name to East End Food Institute, a decision made by the non-profit organization’s leadership to reflect the true geographic reach of its programs and its positive impact on the local food system.
To celebrate, the East End Food Institute will host an Open House at South Fork Kitchens in Southampton on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Attendees can tour the facility and get a sneak peak of the Hamptons Box, a collaboration launching this summer between the Institute and the subscription gift box company locaLI bred. RSVP for free tickets at eastendfood.eventbrite.com.
Amagansett Food Institute was founded in 2010 by the late John de Cuevas with Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow of Amber Waves Farm, and Carissa Waechter of Carissa’s Breads, among others, to support, promote, and advocate for local food and local producers. The newly-renamed East End Food Institute has established its niche over the last decade as a valuable player in streamlining food systems on eastern Long Island.
“Our members work together to create a more economically-viable, environmentally-sustainable, more efficient, and equitable local food system,” says Board Chairman Michael Braverman. “That’s something to be proud of, and I hope more people will join us in support.”
Since 2014, East End Food Institute has leased and operated a cafe and commercial kitchen at the Stony Brook Southampton campus, known as South Fork Kitchens. The cafe is open to the public on weekdays from 11:00am to 3:00pm, featuring locally-sourced prepared lunches. The commercial kitchen is a place where farmers, food entrepreneurs, chefs, and others can collaborate to aggregate and process local farm crops, produce value-added products, launch new businesses, and share knowledge with each other, the campus community, and the public. The organization also coordinates the East End Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), with a strong network serving over 150 individual farmers and apprentices each season.
East End Food Institute will apply for funding through the USDA Local Food Promotion Program this month to expand South Fork Kitchens into an East End Food Hub and create a North Fork Sub Hub in partnership with Community Action Southold Town (CAST). “We are excited to expand our current programs to further streamline access to local food and help farmers fully leverage the value of their crops,” comments Kate Fullam, Executive Director for East End Food Institute.
Learn more and join the food community at www.eastendfood.org.