More than 200 guests attended the recent Harvest Party hosted by the Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. The event raised more than $46,000 for Windy City Harvest, the urban agriculture initiative of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The barbecue and bluegrass party began with Windy City Harvest Youth Farm participants giving food demonstrations on making green smoothies and a “secret recipe dip.” Food for Thought catered the menu, which featured a specialty Harvest Cider Smash cocktail, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a variety of food stations with dishes created with produce from Windy City Harvest. Food stations were barbecue themed and included a “Sip and Savor” station with a tiny pilsner and pork slider; Build Your Own Macaroni and Cheese Bar with a variety of toppings, some from Windy City Harvest; a station with brisket, sweet potato wedges and a harvest salad. Dessert was a whole roasted pineapple carving station. Midway through the event, Chicago bluegrass band Sunnyside Up serenaded guests while they gathered around fire pits.
Co-chairs for the event were Guild members Maxie Clarke, Lance Lawson, and Caroline Masterson. Support for the Harvest Party was provided by Beam Suntory, Joe & Ross Ice Cream, and Lakeshore Beverage.
Established in 1998, the Guild supports the Garden through service projects, as well as fundraising events. The Guild has raised more than $2.9 million benefitting the Garden. Led by co-presidents Kim Vender Moffat and Emily Reynolds, the group has more than 100 members representing a diverse group of young leaders from the Chicago area. For more information about the Guild or the Harvest Party, call (847) 835-6958.