Foodies unite to celebrate Bob’s birthday, support creativity in science education
Eight local restaurants in the Asheville community come together for the second annual Feast for the Future, a fundraiser to support the Bob Moog Foundation. Feast for the Future is Wednesday, May 21, 2014, just two days before what would have been the 80th birthday of the Foundation’s namesake, Bob Moog.
In honor of this special occasion Early Girl Eatery, Laughing Seed Café, Jack of the Wood, Limones, Modesto Trattoria, Salsa’s, Strada, and White Duck Taco (both downtown and River Arts District locations), will be donating a portion of their sales from the day (both lunch and dinner — and breakfast at Early Girl!) to the Bob Moog Foundation.
Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, comments that “After a fulfilling year serving over a thousand students in the Asheville area through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, we are very grateful to the culinary community in Asheville for their support of our efforts to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers through innovative science education. We look forward to growing Feast for the Future every year, and to growing DBSS throughout Western North Carolina and beyond.”
Proceeds from the event benefit the expansion of Dr. Bob’s Sound School, the Foundation’s STEAM (science, technology, education, art, math) -based educational initiative that teaches second grade children the science of sound through the magic of music. Using electronic and acoustic musical instruments as well as oscilloscopes and custom teaching materials, the innovative program engages children in the basic physics of sound through Bob Moog’s pioneering legacy in electronic music.
Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool recently completed its third year and is currently in 55 classrooms reaching over 1,000 students in Buncombe County, Madison County, and Asheville City Schools. The Foundation aims to expand the program regionally and nationally in the next three to five years.
Julie Stehling, owner of Early Girl Eatery, reflects on her experience from last year. “Early Girl is so proud to be part of Feast for the Future. Last year our staff and our guests had a blast celebrating Bob’s birthday. Remembering Bob as a kind man who was one of our own and also celebrating him as a visionary of our times is an honor all in Asheville are lucky to have. Both my children and I are inspired by the the BMF’s Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool curriculum. Preserving Bob’s genius and working to to inspire more folks both locally and nationally is work we are so happy to support.”
The Bob Moog Foundation honors the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog through its mission of igniting the innovative and creative spirit through the intersection of music, science, history, and innovation. Dr. Moog was a resident of Asheville for 25 years before his passing in 2005.