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From an NRG email today (very interesting concept....):

Introducing Arcadia, Our Newest Project + A Launch Party Like No Other

Introducing Arcadia

Center For Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Just a few short miles from downtown Washington DC, an exciting and innovative new farming and food project is taking root.

We are proud to announce the creation of the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, a groundbreaking non-profit organization dedicated to growing, educating and nourishing the community we live in.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group has always been dedicated to maintaining the highest level of quality for the food we serve, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and cultivating a network of conscientious, quality-driven purveyors. As participants in the food system, we are made aware on a daily basis of the myriad inefficiencies and inequities that make it so difficult for farmers, consumers, and just about everyone in between to thrive. With Arcadia, we are taking our engagement on these important issues to a higher level, and we hope that you will join us for what promises to be an enriching, enlightening, and frequently delicious experience.

Arcadia is located on the grounds of historic Woodlawn, once a part of George Washington’s farms at Mount Vernon. Its mission is to engage the community through a functioning and sustainable local food system. The scope and scale of the project are both ambitious and practical. Arcadia will achieve its vision through three core ventures:

• The Farms at Woodlawn: By returning 100 acres of the Woodlawn property to sustainable farming, Arcadia will become the closest working farm to the nation’s capital and will demonstrate an environmentally and economically sustainable model of agricultural production;

• The Arcadia Education Center and Garden: Through a 3-acre educational garden, Arcadia will create a dynamic experiential learning destination for schools and youth organizations;

• The Arcadia Food Distribution Center: The Arcadia food hub will provide an efficient means for local farmers to access schools, families, nonprofits and restaurants and for these individuals and entities to have a traceable, delicious and affordable source of fresh food.

Future plans for Arcadia include a restaurant that will feature foods sourced from Arcadia’s fields as well as other local farms and a dedicated site to host farm dinners and related initiatives.

As firm believers that any work of merit should be christened by a celebration, we'd like to invite you to Arcadia's very first fête and fundraiser...

The Vices That Made Virginia

An Afternoon of Oysters, Bourbon, Cigars & More

Saturday, November 6 From 4:00 - 7:00

Woodlawn, 900 Richmond Highway, Alexandria

Join us for a sumptuous, rollicking afternoon of Oysters, Cigars and Bourbon at Woodlawn, a National Trust Historic Site. Once renowned as the home of Virginia’s finest federal era soirées, Woodlawn will recapture its glorious past with the help of the very vices that first made the state great. Come enjoy bluegrass music and indulge in a sublime repast created by the chefs of Neighborhood Restaurant Group.

You will feast on a Virginia pig roast compliments of Chef Nathan Anda of Red Apron Butchery, an array of locally procured oysters prepared numerous ways and traditional takes on classic Virginia recipes along with autumnal dishes prepared by Tony Chittum of Vermilion, Will Artley of Evening Star Cafe, Steve Mannino of Rustico, Barry Koslow of Tallula, Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley, Andrew Buzolich of Star Catering and Tiffany MacIsaac of Buzz Bakery.

The day will also feature tastings from A. Smith Bowman Collection of small-batch bourbons featuring Master Distiller Joe Dangler, cigars and a cigar rolling exhibition courtesy of Roberto Hand-Rolled Cigars of Yorktown along with a wide range of Virginia grown wines and regional craft beers.

Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased online here. All proceeds benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture and Woodlawn, a National Trust Historic Site.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Bonnie Moore at Bonnie@mooredc.com or by calling 202-258-3297.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, eight regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories. Woodlawn is owned and operated as a historic site by the National Trust.

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