Community Involvement

At Eataly we believe that FOOD UNITES US ALL; that good food brings all of us together, and helps us find a common point of view. We believe that it is important to feed ourselves, our friends, and our families, consistently good and healthy food. As a result of making healthier and happier choices we will all reap the many benefits for our bodies and our minds! The food choices that we make are not only shared amongst our close friends and families, but also throughout our community. Eataly is proud to be involved in community events (such as Food Day and Earth Day) and is also proud to work closely with the following organizations and food producers that share a spirit of community:

SLOW FOOD AND EATALY

“We consider ourselves co-producers, not consumers, because by being informed about how our food is produced and actively supporting those who produce it, we become a part of and a partner in the production process.”

Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in Turin, Italy in 1989 by Carlo Petrini to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

Slow Food runs with the belief that everyone has a fundamental right to pleasure and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. The slow food movement is founded upon this concept of eco-gastronomy – recognition of the strong connections between plate and planet.

Today, there are over 100,000 members in 132 countries. It operates around the world with projects to defend local food traditions, protect local biodiversity and promote small-scale quality products, with an increasing focus on investments in countries of the Global South. Slow Food is GOOD (the food that we eat should taste good), CLEAN (the food that we eat should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health) and FAIR (food producers should receive fair compensation for their work).

One of the aims of Slow Food, the internationally recognized non?profit organization, includes the defense of food biodiversity and taste education.

Slow Food’s commitment to Eataly was born out of its desire that Eataly pave the way for similar initiatives, enhancing the work of those who make quality food and guarantee products which are good, clean and fair, and sold at reasonable prices to consumers who want to eat better on a daily basis.

The Italian wing of the organization, Slow Food Italia, has accepted the role of strategic consultant to Eataly, seeing the project as a modern and innovative form of food distribution, which can, in big cities, support the short production chain projects which the organization promotes all over the world.

WILD HIVE FARM COMMUNITY GRAIN PROJECT AND EATALY

Eataly is a proud partner of the Wild Hive Farm Community Grain Project in Hudson Valley, NY, as co-producers of good grain that grows locally and sustainably. We invest $250/acre (1700 lbs of wheat are harvested per acre) allowing local farmers to start growing grain with lower start-up costs and less risk. The Wild Hive Community Grain Project allows for 20 nutrient-rich heritage grain varieties to grow, helping to defend and enhance biodiversity in the state of New York. Sixty 50 lb bags of stone-ground flour from the Wild Hive mill are delivered to us weekly to be used in our Bakery.

CITY HARVEST AND EATALY

City Harvest works to end hunger across the 5 boroughs of NYC by linking the food industry and countless organizations, foundations, corporations and private citizens to feed the more than 1.6 million New Yorkers currently living in poverty. They do this by rescuing and distributing excess food, educating lower-income people to encourage self-sufficiency, and forging innovative partnerships within communities to bring thousands of New Yorkers their next meal. Eataly has been a City Harvest food donor since 2010 and as of early November 2012, we have donated 407,000 pounds of food to New York’s hungry.

IACE AND EATALY SPONSOR CHILDREN'S CLASSES

For the 2012-2013 school year, Eataly is partnering with The Italian American Committee on Education (IACE), a New York based non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Italian Consulate General of Italy in New York. IACE was founded in 1975 to promote the study of the Italian language and culture within the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut: it supports and coordinates 1,200 Italian courses in around 100 American schools (1st-8th grade), with a total of 300 teachers and 42,000 students. IACE also organizes extra curriculum activities to show that Italian is a language useful in many different fields, including the culinary arts.

Twice a month Eataly will host a special program for NYC kids who study Italian comprised of a “scavenger hunt” visiting Eataly’s marketplace, shopping for fresh ingredients, learning how fresh mozzarella is made and tasting a selection of our house made products; followed by a cooking demonstration in our Scuola Piccola highlighting seasonal vegetables and healthy foods! In all, about 500 students from New York City elementary and high schools will attend the program.

Classes will take place on: November 13 & 14, December 10 & 11, March 4 & 11; April 15 & 16, May 13 & 14 between 10 am & 12:15 pm.

To inquire about registration, please email Ilaria Costa at ilaria@iacelanguage.org

For further inquiries about charitable donations, please send an email to donations@eataly.com

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