Bedford 2020 Moon Dance celebrates the strides the Bedford community has made in tackling environmental issues over the past nine years. Held under the light of the full moon on Saturday, May 18, at bucolic Maple Grove Farm, this farm-to-table party honors environmental heroes Jim Wood and Jayni and Chevy Chase.
Guests enter the party though an interactive pathway of cut-out flowers and pollinators, a tribute to Bedford 2020 community partners and mini-exhibitions of our community’s environmental accomplishments. The evening kicks off with a lively reception featuring locally inspired delights and cocktails served in the farm’s pristine, rolling meadows. Guests will then enjoy abundant local food under a tent with live entertainment and surprises. The evening continues with a stroll to the farm’s newly renovated barn for dancing and late-night nibbles.
“After almost a decade of hard work, we want to throw a spectacular party for the community, recognize our collective accomplishments, and inspire everyone to keep going on our path to sustainability,” says event co-chair Olivia Farr. “This is a celebration of our past, and a renewed commitment to our future.”
The event will reflect Bedford 2020’s mission. Moon Dance co-chair Sarah Douglis explains: “Bedford 2020 is leading by example and hosting this celebration as a zero-waste event. All food scraps will be diverted from the waste stream. We’re eliminating single-use plastic of any kind. We’re partnering with the Community Center of Northern Westchester to upcycle donated fabric scraps into beautiful handmade Moon Dance cocktail napkins.” Bedford 2020 is working with an organization called Cool Effect to offset the event’s carbon footprint—car travel to and from, electricity to power the party—even the inclusion of carbon offsets with silent-auction items that feature exotic travel destinations.
Moon Dance will shine a bright light on honorees Jim Wood and Jayni and Chevy Chase for advancing the Bedford 2020 mission.
Jim Wood is a founding Bedford 2020 board member and was the first chair of the organization’s Food and Agriculture Task Force. In this capacity, Jim laid the groundwork for Bedford 2020’s local food and sustainable food efforts over the past nine years and is part of Bedford 2020’s Business Task Force. Jim also serves or has served on many boards in Bedford, promoting historic preservation, farming and land, local food, food justice, and higher education. Like his father and grandfather, Jim has served as president of the Bedford Farmers Club.
Jayni and Chevy Chase have been deeply committed supporters and activists in local and national environmental efforts. They were leaders in the groundbreaking first Bedford Environmental Summit that resulted in the adoption of our town’s Climate Action Plan and formation of Bedford 2020. Year after year, Jayni and Chevy have generously hosted many gatherings in their home to advance Bedford 2020’s work. Jayni currently serves on the Bedford 2020 Advisory Board and is a member of the Greenlight Award Steering Committee. She is also the author of “Blueprint for a Green School,” a conservation co-chair for the Bedford Garden Club, and is an active board member of Friends of the Earth US and the Billion Oyster Project. Most recently Jayni has partnered with two local businessmen to open the area’s first CBD shop, The Pharm Stand, in Armonk.
Bedford 2020 plans to send guests over the moon on May 18 with an abundant spread of locally inspired dishes curated and prepared by chefs Mogan Anthony and William Eschner of the Village Social restaurant group. “We’re making a simple rustic meal featuring what’s in season,” explains chef Anthony. “Our intention is to delight and surprise through flavorings and techniques. Core ingredients like beans, asparagus, and cauliflower will be infused with bold, refreshing flavors like mint, vinegar, and citrus. The dining experience will be reminiscent of visiting a farmers market but with the food artfully prepared and open for tasting.”
A sneak peek of the mouth-watering Moon Dance menu includes chickpea cauliflower bites, Hemlock Hill Farm turkey meatballs with toasted polenta, cauliflower tacos, and hand-made potato-and-beef empanadas. The warmth of the dinner will flow to the after-party where guests can snack at a late-night ramen bar—featuring a natural broth infused with hens from Mauer’s Mountain Farm and organic noodles made from local grains by Sfoglini pasta—while they dance the night away.
Moon Dance is the most recent of several collaborations between Bedford 2020 and Village Social. Chef Anthony noted, “After we partnered with Bedford 2020 the first time, I spent a lot of time thinking about how we could make better use of our food scraps. Some great plant-based menu items like the Beyond Impossible Burger and Cauliflower Steak came out of Meatless Monday with Bedford 2020. We’re thinking of more ways to impact the community and support sustainable food sources like a Zero Waste cookbook or making viable products from spent grains. ”
Moon Dance food and libations are being donated by local farms and sustainable purveyors including: Village Social Catering and Events, Au Contraire wine, Belvedere Vodka, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Tequila Chamucos, Hemlock Hill Farms, Mark Foods, Mauer’s Mountain Farms, Peter’s Pratt’s Inn, Sfoglini Pasta, Yealand’s Family Wines, Big Picture Farm, New York Distilling Company, The Scrappy Chef With Leslie Lampert, Snow Hill Farm, Stone Fire, and Sipsong Spirits.