Local Restaurant Hosts Fundraiser Using Dinnerware Made by Our Ceramic Students
Hartwick College students and The Autumn Cafe are joining forces to raise awareness of food insecurities in our community. The farm-to-table dinner and charity auction event benefits The Lord’s Table Soup Kitchen, and will the culmination of a semester of collaborative, hands-on, service-based learning.
The meal will be served on November 27 and November 28, 2018 in the Main Street Oneonta restaurant. It is the pinnacle of a semester’s hard work. Students in Associate Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene’s Dinnerware class worked with Tim Masterjohn and Wayne Carrington throughout the fall semester to design and create all the dishware for the event
“I’m so proud of our students,” Rozene reflected. This partnership with The Autumn Café is the kind of community-centered experiential learning that is at the core of Hartwick’s mission.”
Throughout the semester, students meet with Masterjohn and Carrington to discuss their dinnerware designs. They work together to create beautiful, functional pieces to display the chef’s special menu.
For the students, working with Masterjohn and Carrington exposes them to concepts and realities well beyond the classroom.
The class is not limited to an exploration of the forms and functions of dinnerware, however. Students learn about the farm-to-table food revolution (agriculture, economics), the stark realities of food insecurity in modern America (social justice), and what it takes to put on a successful benefit event in a thriving restaurant (marketing, business administration) – among many other lessons.
A silent auction and sponsors will help add to the fundraising efforts.
All diners will take home a student-made dessert plate to commemorate their experience. Rozene hosts The Harvest Dinner Project every few years, alternating with her other popular benefit, Empty Bowls.