The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society raised $310,000 at its 13th annual All Aboard! gala on Friday, November 30, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 340 guests enjoyed the event that supports Windy City Harvest, the Garden’s urban agriculture, education, and jobs-training initiative. This program helps to grow a local Chicago food system, to create healthier communities, and build a greener economy.
Guests were greeted with cider Moscow mules and a quartet of carolers before entering the Wonderland Express exhibition to explore illuminated landscapes, stunning plant displays, garden-scale trains, and miniature replicas of Chicago landmarks. Guests mingled in Krehbiel Gallery with the option to enter a raffle for 1-carat diamond stud earrings.
Kehoe Designs created the themed dining rooms, including “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” and “Star Light, Star Bright.” The Entertaining Company served festive, seasonal appetizers and dinner, including baby kale and shaved Brussels sprouts salad with toasted goat cheese medallion, watermelon radish, sliced apple, and lemon mustard vinaigrette. The main course was seared garlic herb petite filet with wild mushroom and cabernet reduction, crispy smashed baby potatoes, haricots verts, and heirloom carrots. Dessert was chocolate pots de crème with hazelnut mousse and candied ginger. Guests departed with hot chocolate, star wand cookies, Garden Freak gardening gloves and paperwhite bulbs.
The 2018 All Aboard! party was co-chaired by Nicole Peterson and Katie Ford of Lake Forest. The evening was made possible by the generous support of A.M. DePrisco Jewelers of Lake Forest, Beam Suntory, The Entertaining Company, Garden Freak, Inc., Kehoe Designs, Sweet’s Lake Forest, and Terlato Wines International. Wonderland Express is generously supported by ComEd, North Shore University HealthSystem, Discover, and Grainger.
Wonderland Express is made possible by the generous support of ComEd, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Discover, and Grainger. Visit chicagobotanic.org/wonderland for more information.