Enjoy dining ‘al fresco’ outside under a beautiful white canopy at sunset. Tour our bountiful harvest gardens and meet our team of urban farmers!
What can I expect at the Garden Harvest Dinner?
As guests arrive, we will gather with beverages and strolling appetizers, to mingle and tour Marie’s Community Garden. Dinner will be a sit-down, multi-course meal prepared by our guest chef Anthony from Osteria Bigolaro.
Enjoy a curated selection of wine, beer, and tea from local producers! Drinks are included with each dinner ticket.
Fox Valley Winery (Oswego)
Penrose Brewing Company (Geneva)
Werk Force Brewing (Plainfield)
Calla Lily Tea Room (Aurora)
Mix and mingle, see old friends, and make new ones!
No printed tickets are needed. Please just check in at registration upon arrival.
When should I arrive?
Plan to arrive at 6 pm to enjoy a drinks and appetizers. Take a stroll through Marie’s Community Garden and chat with our Urban Farm Volunteers!
Dinner will begin around 7 pm.
Can you accommodate guests with dietary restrictions or food allergies?
As meal will be plated, our dinners are best suited for flexible, adventurous eaters. Due to the nature of a shared meal and to uphold high-quality standards, we are not able to accommodate limited dietary requests.
Can you accommodate children at the events?
While we love kids, this event is for adults. Consider it a much-needed date night!
Is there alcohol at the Garden Harvest Dinner?
Yes. The ticket price includes a selection of wine and beer to enjoy with appetizers and dinner. Water and Iced Tea will also be available. For your safety, we suggest that you arrange for a designated driver or plan for a driving service to get you home safely after consuming alcohol.
What is the price per person and what is included in that price?
Tickets are $125 per person. The ticket price includes welcome beverages, strolling appetizers, plus a seated five-course meal with refreshments.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept payment online only. You can use any major credit card (Visa, MasterCard or AMEX). Cash or check is also accepted in advance..
When can I make a reservation?
Complete schedule details for our Garden Harvest dinner are posted on mwfoodpantry.org. Keep in mind that we anticipate a sell-out. You’ll have the best chance for a seat if you make a reservation as soon as tickets go on sale. All ticket sales end 24 hours prior to an event.
How do I make a reservation?
If you have any questions about the order process, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you take reservations for larger parties?
We are happy to accommodate large parties of up to six to sit together. If you have a large party, let us know in advance so we can arrange to have you seated together.
What if I have tickets but I can’t attend the event?
We do not offer refunds. However, you are welcome to transfer your tickets to someone else. Please contact us at least 24 hours prior to the event so we can enter the new guest’s information. Otherwise, you can tell them to use your name at arrival. Transferring funds for the tickets is your responsibility.
Is there a waitlist for sold out events?
Because tickets are non-refundable, once dinner is sold out, it is very unlikely that tickets will become available. You can also check our Facebook event page; as people may go there looking to buy or sell last-minute seats.
Will I be able to see a copy of the menu before I arrive at the dinner?
The tentative menu is posted on our website, some final menu details will be revealed as guests sit at the table. Our chef from Osteria Bigolaro designed the menu in the weeks leading up to the event, based on the freshest ingredients available from our garden. We want the meal to be seasonal, artistic, and spontaneous!
What if it rains?
All events are rain or shine. In the case of rain, the dinner seating is in our parking lot under a High-Peak Frame tent. Guests are still welcome to tour the garden, so be sure to check the weather and dress appropriately.
What should I wear?
Let’s call it “nice casual,” perhaps, however, jeans and casual attire are not out of place. We’ll be on a parking lot, so dress comfortably for the weather and choose shoes that you’ll feel comfortable wearing while walking on grass. It can get cold at night, even after a warm day, so please come prepared with a jacket or blankets to keep you comfortable. We anticipate many beautiful sunsets this coming season and recommend you bring a hat or sunglasses as needed.
What about parking?
Onsite parking will be available on the south side of Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry. There will be a short walk from the parking area to the event site, which will be on our north parking lot. Should anyone in your party have challenges with mobility, please let us know when purchasing tickets and notify a parking attendant upon arrival.
I can’t come, but would love to support the event.
Thank you! There are two ways to participate:
To make a donation without attending, click the “buy tickets” link, and choose “donation ticket”. Then enter the amount you would like to donate in the “donation” field below and proceed as above. Your confirmation email will sound like we think you’re coming, but we’ll know it’s only in spirit.
What if I have additional questions?
Let us know! info@mwfoodpantry