Party at Roberta's!

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The pizzeria, we mean. On Tuesday night Roberta’s–featured on the cover of the current issue of Edible Brooklyn–is throwing a can’t-miss feast (we can only hope for their fried chicken, which we were lucky enough to have had for dinner last night) featuring wine guy Joe Bastianich and Del Posto chef Mark Ladner, as well as other famous foodies and farmers.

It’s a fund-raiser to break ground on a one-acre sustainable rooftop farm in north Brooklyn, with help from Ben Flanner of Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farm, who were featured in our summer issue. Roberta’s hopes the farm will sustain itself through community sales of its truly Brooklyn-grown produce, about as environmentally and sustainable a model as you can get. It’s one they hope to replicate around the city, too, once this first farm gets off the ground–literally. Here’s the deets: Roberta’s Farm Benefit Party;  October 13;  7:00 pm; 261 Moore Street at Bogart. Get your tickets here.

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.