Clayton Early Learning Announces 2015 Moonbeam Harvest

DENVER - Aug. 14 - Clayton Early Learning, a leader in early childhood education, research and training, is thrilled to announce the 2015 Moonbeam Harvest.

For the third year, Clayton will work to cultivate the future by gathering some of the most respected chefs from the Denver area to create an evening of culinary delights for friends of the institution. The chefs will make delectable, seasonal dishes that highlight the fruits and vegetables grown in the Clayton gardens. The event is 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Historic Clayton Campus, 3801 Martin Luther King Blvd., in Denver.

This year's Moonbeam Harvest will feature at least 12 chefs. Those participating include Gregory Shain of Clayton Early Learning, Chris Meier of Occasions Catering, Ashley McBrady of Lala's Wine Bar, Melanie Stevens of WaterCourse Foods, Jim Davis of Crema Coffee House, Isabel Ranney of Magnolia Hotel, Diane Snider of 1500 B.C., Zach Brown of Marlowe's, Clint Wangsnes of The Chop Shop, Cade Beerman of West End Tavern, and Steven Alves of Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

In July, eight of the chefs gathered at Clayton for the Chef Kickoff to learn more about the organization and get to know one another.

"We are ecstatic to have such a talented variety of chefs participating in this year's Moonbeam Harvest and raising awareness for the mission of Clayton Early Learning," says Clayton President and CEO Charlotte Brantley. "We can't wait to have our work and historic campus on display for the public to see while enjoying delicious meals they won't find anywhere else."

The 2015 Moonbeam Harvest kicks off at 6 p.m. with a special program beginning at 7:30 p.m., including remarks by Lisa Hidalgo of 7NEWS. Guests of the event will learn how the organization impacts early childhood education through research, training, practice and advocacy while enjoying exciting, freshly prepared food and mingling with some of Colorado's best, most visionary chefs. There will be gourmet food stations and custom bars, inviting guests to sip handcrafted cocktails while soaking up the autumn evening on the Clayton Early Learning campus. Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock are honorary chairs of the event.

Clayton is well known and respected for using a comprehensive approach to early education that includes special attention to health and nutrition. From its onsite garden to emergency food pantry for families, to freshly prepared school lunches, Clayton works to ensure that children receive a healthy diet, knowing that nutrition education and healthy meals are integral to children's success.

Clayton Early Learning is grateful to Comcast, the event's lead sponsor, as well as sponsors Children's Hospital Colorado, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schrek, Hal & Ann Logan, The Colorado Trust, Colorado Business Bank, Mental Health Center of Denver, Woodruff Sawyer & Co., Carnick & Kubik Personal Wealth Associates, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, All Copy Products, Mile High United Way, Breckenridge Brewery, Sarah Krause and Istonish - several of whom are returning.

Individual guest passes to the 2015 Moonbeam Harvest are $150 and include complimentary valet. Patron guest passes are $250 and include early access to the event from 5-6 p.m.; an exclusive, pre-event food and cocktail reception; and complimentary valet parking. A $15 discount is available for young professionals 35 and younger. To purchase tickets, make a donation, or learn more, visit

Clayton Early Learning President and CEO Charlotte Brantley can be reached directly at 303.398.8578 or

About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning, a 501(c)(3), is Colorado's leading catalyst in providing early care and education to ensure optimal development for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. We harness the synergy of four dynamic initiatives - classroom and family-centered practices in our schools, research and program evaluation, professional development of teachers and leaders and effective policy advocacy - to spark improved early care and education approaches statewide in collaboration with other public and private entities.
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