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Join two exciting New Haven chefs for a special picnic with The Nature Conservancy after the Rock to Rock Earth Day bike ride April 21 in New Haven. And…I will emcee this sustainable picnic throw-down!
Get ready to rumble (and celebrate), Earth Day style!
It won’t be just any picnic when New Haven chefs Jason Sobocinski from Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro and Bun Lai from Miya’s Sushi get together for The Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet after the Rock to Rock Earth Day bike ride.
About 1,000 riders will join Rock to Rock, which benefits organizations that are working to create a greener, healthier New Haven community.
At the Rock to Rock finish line in East Rock Park at 1 p.m., the two chefs will engage in a light-hearted, friendly “Picnic Battle for the Planet” to craft the most delicious and sustainable picnic dish. Bun and Jason will be working with a palette of ingredients chosen by Facebook friends of The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut and donated by Elm City Market. To help decide which ingredients they use, visit the Nature Conservancy’s Facebook Page!
Along with the picnic, the Conservancy is fielding a team of rider-fundraisers at Rock to Rock to support its Long Island Sound Program, which aims to protect and restore one of the Northeast’s most valuable urban resources. Conservancy Trustee Todd Miranowski has generously offered to match, dollar for dollar, the total amount of donations made to “Team Nature Conservancy Rocks!” up to $10,000.
“The Nature Conservancy is so grateful to Todd, Jason, Bun, the organizers of Rock to Rock and everyone who is making this possible,” said Frogard Ryan, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. “I’m passionate about good food, and all good food starts with nature – from cheese to sushi. This exciting Picnic for the Planet event will bring attention to the many ways Long Island Sound – and all our lands and waters — feed our bodies and our souls.”
The Nature Conservancy launched Picnic for the Planet in 2011 to nurture people’s connection to the planet and the food it provides. Last year’s Picnic for the Planet was a great success with thousands of people joining more than 600 picnics in 61 countries on all seven continents.
This year, in addition to the hosting New Haven picnic, the Conservancy is hosting picnics around the world including in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C. International picnic sites include Beijing, China; Arusha, Tanzania; and Melbourne, Australia.
Picnic for the Planet is part of The Nature Conservancy’s All Hands on Earth campaign, which aims to build an active, global community for the environment and provide everyday ways for people to get involved in creating a healthier planet.
Check out this video of Jason
Check out this video of Bun
· Rock to Rock/Picnic for the Planet
April 21, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
West Rock and East Rock Parks in New Haven, CT
Chef Jason Sobocinski
Chef Bun Laii