Farm-To-Table Evening At Old Westbury Gardens

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Guests to enjoy New York-grown food and outdoor music 

"Sidewalk Concert" by Seward Johnson (Photo by Kimberly Dijkstra)
“Sidewalk Concert” sculpture by Seward Johnson outside of Walled Garden at Old Westbury Gardens (Photo by Kimberly Dijkstra)

Old Westbury Gardens will be hosting its hotly-anticipated annual “Farm-to-Table Evening” held at the newly restored Barn at Orchard Hill on Friday, August 4. During the cocktail reception and three-course dinner, guests will enjoy a hearty New York harvest surrounded by stunning gardens and lawns in this historic national landmark.

“Old Westbury Gardens is proud to bring back our much-celebrated Farm-to-Table Evening. Engaging guests with the freshest possible produce is part of Old Westbury Gardens’ mission to preserve and protect Long Island’s rich cultural traditions,” said Nancy Costopulos, president and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens. “We’re also proud to open the newly-restored Barn to the public. The Barn is the perfect rustic venue to enjoy fresh, local cuisine.”

The Farm-to-Table event will kick-off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception to be followed by an inventive three-course dinner at 7:30 p.m. During the event, Long Island native, musician and storyteller Johnny Cuomo will perform live music on the guitar.

Sample a variety of foods at this one-of-a-kind event.

The “local harvest” family-style dinner will be created by Kim Klopstock’s Lily and the Rose Catering of Saratoga Springs and NYC, and will include regionally sourced, organic and bio-dynamically farmed food. The creative and healthy meal will feature artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, house smoked Long Island duck, gravlax, Adirondack trout, New York-grown greens and heirloom vegetables, fresh baked desserts, wine, microbrews, and many other unique items. 

“We hope our guests are inspired not only by the diversity and freshness of food during the Farm-to-Table Evening at The Barn, but also by the beauty of the landscape of Old Westbury Gardens’ historic, well-preserved estate,” said Nancy Costopulos, “By hosting this event, we provide Long Islanders with a taste of what food was like in the golden days of a bygone era.”

Due to limited seating, reservations are required, and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individual tickets are $175 per person, and $165 for members. Adults and children over the age of 12 are welcome to attend at the per person rate. The rain date for this event is August 5.

For more information about the Old Westbury Gardens and upcoming events, visit www.oldwestburygardens.org.

Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps; his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps; and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than 50 years of the family’s residence.

Old Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for guided tours of Westbury House and Gardens, in-depth tours of the formal gardens, school visits, children’s programs and events, family programs, museum exhibits, classic car shows, indoor and outdoor classical concerts, summer concerts, slide lectures, book signings, horticultural demonstrations and workshops, Scottish Games, botanical arts and gardening classes, and educator-led talks and tours of topics relating to horticulture, art, history, design and architecture.

Old Westbury Gardens seeks to inspire appreciation and knowledge of the best qualities exemplified in the American country estate of the early 20th century through faithful preservation of its landscape and gardens, architecture and collections. 

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