The Hollygrove name has been turning up on menus at more and more New Orleans restaurants, where it's practically become a byword for locally-sourced food. On Monday, May 14, you can see a lot of these same restaurants at Hollygrove Market & Farm (8301 Olive St., 483-7037; www.hollygrovemarket.com) for its annual Party in the Garden.
The event is an important fundraiser for Hollygrove, a nonprofit urban farm, a market for other small-scale farmers and food producers, an education center and a hub for the local food movement. Guests have the run of Hollygrove's gardens, while restaurants and bars serve food and drink from stations around the site.
Since forming in 2008, Hollygrove has developed a strong distribution network with local restaurants, and 21 of them will be on hand for the event, serving food prepared in part with local produce. Participating restaurants include La Petite Grocery, Iris, Satsuma Cafe, The Company Burger, Boucherie, Crescent Pie & Sausage Co., Maurepas Foods, The Three Muses and others.
Restaurants aren't the only participants. Local produce has been turning up on craft cocktail menus, and the Party in the Garden will feature garden-inspired drinks from Cure, Bellocq and others. The Party in the Garden includes live and silent auctions of items donated by Hollygrove supporters and an auction for a farm-to-table dinner at Covey Rise Farm, a Hollygrove supplier on the Northshore.
The party is from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Proceeds support Hollygrove's educational programming and community outreach efforts. For details visit www.hollygrovemarket.com.