MEarth is partnered with Carmel Valley-raised, now New York City-based glass artist, Nick Leonoff, to produce an all-new signature fall fundraising event that will showcase art inspired by the beauty of the natural world for collectors and community members alike:

Glass Pumpkin Patch of Carmel

Leonoff, along with a curated group of local artists, displayed and sold a “bumper crop” of over 1,500 hand-blown glass pumpkins, each a unique treasure of its own. Other featured artists included: Kevin Chong, Alan Masaoka, Todd Moore and Mark Stephenson.

A “sneak peek” into the glass pumpkin process! from Tanja Roos on Vimeo.

Attendees also enjoyed live jazz music and pumpkin-infused “small bites” from local culinary geniuses, amidst MEarth’s late-summer gardens. Participating restaurants included:

Saturday Chef Showcase: 11am-2pm 
Dory Ford | AquaTerra Culinary Pan-seared wild salmon + Roasted pumpkin lentils with crisp kale + Roasted garlic, pumpkin seed and parsley pesto
Soerke Peters | Basil Seasonal Dining Wood-fired Oven Flatbreads topped with Fall Veggies
Angela Tamura | Peppoli Wood Roasted Pumpkin Torta with pumpkin seed-roasted pepper romesco
Sunday Chef Showcase: 12-3pm 
Sarah LaCasse | Earthbound Farms Farm Stand Organic Cumin-Roasted Squash, Pumpkin and Quinoa Salad with pumpkin seed breadsticks
Brad Briske | La Balena Snacks from the wood-fired oven 
 
BOTH DAYS: 
Lavender Lemonade and Iced Tea from Happy Girl Kitchen
Organic Salad from Taylor Farms with seasonal toppings from Brandon Miller | Mundaka
Pastries & Petals will donate some baked pumpkin sweets! Mmmmmm.

FREE admission with suggested donation for food. A percentage of all pumpkin sales and 100% of food donations will go directly towards supporting MEarth’s mission of educating + inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders in Monterey County.

A special ‘Meet the Artists’ Reception at Mundaka on Friday, September 20th between 6-8pm preceded the event.

Pumpkins were on display at Carmel Valley Village at the East End Wine Row leading up to the event during their SAVOR Passport month! Local art + local wine? Perfect.

Special thanks to our Glass Pumpkin Patch sponsors:

Jack O’Lantern: Chic Events + Doctors on Duty Medical Clinics 

Sugar Pie: Coastal Tractor, Material Goods, New York Life, and Paul Gamble

In-Kind: Hacienda Hay and Feed, Brunos Market and Deli, Corral Market and Deli, and Valley Hills Deli, Burst and Bloom, Michael Troutman and all the participating restaurants listed above

The generous contributions from these business and individuals in our community, has made this event possible! THANK YOU!

Click here to view the event’s online Sponsorship Form. Or click here to download a PDF of our sponsorship packet.