Hayground is a diverse, mixed aged school in Bridgehampton, NY founded in 1996 for children ages 3-14. Over 70% of the students receive financial aid. It was founded on the conviction that all children can and should live a life of the mind, that social and environmental responsibility are fundamental educational initiatives, that art be at the center rather than the periphery of life, and that food, the cultivation and preparation of it, is one of the best educational tools at our disposal. To this end each day the children prepare lunch for the whole school, they sow and harvest in the garden and greenhouses and use the kitchen as a gateway to many basic classroom concepts.
“At Hayground, the 3 R’s can sometimes stand for recipe, roast and roux, since one of our most innovative features is Jeff’s Kitchen”, explains Marcelle Langendal, the school’s faculty coordinator.
Jeff’s Kitchen was named for Jeff Salaway who was one of the founders of Hayground school. Salaway was planning the professional kitchen/classroom supported by a science lab, garden and greenhouse, just prior to his tragic death in 2001. Says Nick & Toni’s Toni Ross, who is the late Salaway’s wife, “Jeff believed that the growing, preparation and sharing of food is a primal human experience and the foundation of family and community.” Thanks to the first Chefs Dinner, organized in 2003 by event founder Lizz Salaway, Jeff’s sister, several of his culinary celebrity friends and many volunteers, more than $300,000 was raised to make the freestanding building on the sprawling Hayground campus a reality.
Jeff’s Kitchen has grown over the years to full-service professional kitchen and classroom fitted with top-of-the-line Viking appliances. Classes in nutrition, food science and cooking are held there for both children and adults. Completing the facility, a professional Farmtek greenhouse was recently erected by Hayground students, staff and friends with funds provided by Slow Food.
Funds from Hayground School’s Chefs Dinners have supported these culinary programs as well as the overall curriculum at Hayground School, which allows the school to be readily available to the diverse spectrum of East End children. To date almost one million dollars has been raised to support Jeff’s Kitchen’s programs and the Hayground School.
- Karine Bahkoum
- Josh Capon
- Emily Chu
- Leslie Close
- Tom Colicchio
- Kimberly Cooper
- Brian Halweil
- Tony Hitchcock
- Ron Kaplan
- Victoria Munroe
- Joseph Realmuto
- Susan Ringo
- Eric Ripert
- Sandra Ripert
- Clifford Ross
- Lori Silverbush
Chefs Dinner Committee
Toni Ross, Chair Emeritus, Almond Zigmund, Co-Chair, Philippe Cheng, Co-Chair
Perry Burns, Cindi Crain, Elaine DiGiaccomo, Erica Lynn Huberty
Scott O'Neill, Christian Troy, Jamie Wilson, Craig Wood
Please visit Jeff’s Kitchen and the Hayground School to see what your generous support makes possible. Please visit us online at: www.hayground.org
Please Call 631-537-7068, to arrange a tour.
" I am, in fact, preparing to re-educate myself, to go back to school. Not the school to which I was “sent off” at five years of age, but a far brighter, more illuminating place. This time, with my children at my side, with friends and neighbors all around me, I will be learning things that no one cared to teach me last time around. Things like respect, not for facts, but for people and what they can teach you. Respect for oneself, one’s emotional, physical, spiritual and historic self. Respect for one’s capacity for learning and invention and creativity. Respect for all of the members of one’s community—not just the ones who look and sound like me. Together we will be learning how to teach and be taught, how to help and be helped, how to ask questions and find answers. You see, I am doing this for myself, to become a better person. This way, if my kids take after me or I take after them, well, we’ve got it covered either way. Will Hayground School change the world? I don’t know, but it will change mine. I’ll start with that. " Jeff Salaway, Hayground Parent & Founder