TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The annual Harvest Market Dinner, hosted by Toledo GROWs, will take place Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Toledo Farmers’ Market, 525 Market Street in downtown Toledo. This seventh annual event serves as both a celebration of the fall harvest and a fundraiser for Toledo GROWs, according to a media release received by 13abc.
The festive evening features fresh, sustainably-grown local foods, locally crafted beer and wine, fabulous local chefs, and good friends. In the first six years of the gathering, nearly $220,000 has been raised to support the work of Toledo GROWs in the community, which educates people about the value of local nutritious food through an active urban farm and support for community gardens.
Local chefs contribute their time and talent to create tasting dishes from a signature ingredient produced at Toledo GROWs’ urban farm or in one of the Toledo GROWs community gardens. Participants enjoy a delicious variety of dishes from local restaurants and chefs before voting on their favorites. Participating restaurants and chefs include: 5th Street Pub, Adams Street Café, Beirut, Black Kite, Cocina de Carlos, Fowl and Fodder, Georgette’s, La Scola, Maumee Bay Resort, Penta Career Center Culinary Arts, Plate 1, Plate 21, Porkbelly BBQ, Rose and Thistle, Sweet Shalom Tea Room, Toledo Country Club, Toledo Museum of Art, and Zepf Center Zone/The Original Sub Shop.
New this year: local craft brewers will be serving their beer as tastings. Guests can enjoy a variety of locally-brewed beer and vote on which brewer will be first to gain the honor of Toledo GROWs Brew Boss! A variety of wines will also be available for guests. Local breweries taking part include Earnest Brew Works, Great Black Swamp, Great Lakes Brewery, Maumee Bay Brewery, and Patron Saints.
The event is a casual gathering, with outdoor games, music, plenty of raffle items, and “farmyard chic” dress. The setting of Toledo Farmers’ Market in downtown Toledo adds to the festive atmosphere. Guests will learn more about the work of Toledo GROWs in the community as they enjoy an evening with like-minded friends. Sponsorship by Huntington Bank and Heidelberg Distributing Company are instrumental in supporting this event and the work of Toledo GROWs.
Costs for the Harvest Market Dinner are just $75 per guest, or $200 for a group of four, and includes food and a cash bar. Reservations may be made online at www.toledogrows.org or by calling 419.720.8714. Attendees are invited to come for a tour of Toledo GROWs’ urban farm from 5:00 until 5:45 p.m. before the dinner. The farm is located at 900 Oneida Street, less than two miles from the Farmers’ Market.