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Don’t Miss “Chef to Chef: Picnic Battle for the Planet”

Join two exciting New Haven chefs for a special picnic with The Nature Conservancy after the Rock to Rock Earth Day bike ride April 21 in New Haven.

NEW HAVEN, CT | April 12, 2012

Get ready to rumble (and celebrate), Earth Day style!

It won’t be just any picnic when New Haven chefs Jason Sobocinski from Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro and Bun Lai from Miya’s Sushi get together for The Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet after the Rock to Rock Earth Day bike ride April 21 in New Haven.

About 1,000 riders will join Rock to Rock, which benefits organizations that are working to create a greener, healthier New Haven community.

At the Rock to Rock finish line in East Rock Park just after 1 p.m., the two chefs will engage in a light-hearted, friendly “Picnic Battle for the Planet” to craft the most delicious and sustainable picnic dish. New Haven Register Food Scene Columnist, host of the video series “On The Food Scene With Steve” and hospitality management professor Stephen Fries will emcee this sustainable picnic throw-down.

Bun and Jason will be working with a palette of ingredients chosen by Facebook friends of The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut and donated by Elm City Market. To help decide which ingredients they use, visit our Facebook Page

Along with the picnic, the Conservancy is fielding a team of rider-fundraisers at Rock to Rock to support its Long Island Sound Program, which aims to protect and restore one of the Northeast’s most valuable urban resources. Conservancy Trustee Todd Miranowski has generously offered to match, dollar for dollar, the total amount of donations made to “Team Nature Conservancy Rocks!” up to $10,000.

“The Nature Conservancy is so grateful to Todd, Jason, Bun, the organizers of Rock to Rock and everyone who is making this possible,” said Frogard Ryan, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. “I’m passionate about good food, and all good food starts with nature – from cheese to sushi. This exciting Picnic for the Planet event will bring attention to the many ways Long Island Sound – and all our lands and waters -- feed our bodies and our souls.”

The Nature Conservancy launched Picnic for the Planet in 2011 to nurture people’s connection to the planet and the food it provides. Last year’s Picnic for the Planet was a great success with thousands of people joining more than 600 picnics in 61 countries on all seven continents.

This year, in addition to the hosting New Haven picnic, the Conservancy is hosting picnics around the world including in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C. International picnic sites include Beijing, China; Arusha, Tanzania; and Melbourne, Australia.

Picnic for the Planet is part of The Nature Conservancy's All Hands on Earth campaign, which aims to build an active, global community for the environment and provide everyday ways for people to get involved in creating a healthier planet.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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