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Harvest Dinner and Urban Farm Tour
Annual event features seasonal homegrown produce prepared by local restaurants

AURORA, IL - On Saturday, August 19th from 6 - 10 p.m. the annual Garden Harvest Dinner will be held at Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, located at 834 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. The menu will feature seasonal fresh vegetables and herbs harvested from Marie’s Pantry Garden. Local musicians are providing live entertainment throughout the evening’s activities. Tickets are available for $130 online at Guests may also call Marie’s Pantry office at #630.897.5431 to reserve a seat and pay by check. Purchase tickets quickly as space is limited.  Sponsorship opportunities are available. The gathering in Marie’s Garden begins at 6 pm. Guests will enjoy refreshments, hors 'oeuvres, and farm tours with Charity Blooms garden volunteers.  Meet and greet Marie’s beautiful flock of egg laying hens and take a turn making hand-churned butter.  Sample farm fresh deviled eggs and artisanal cocktails.  The five course dinner will be served at 7 p.m. ‘al fresco’ under an elegant white canopy at sunset. While dining, guests will learn about the upcoming building renovation at Marie’s West Pantry on Highland Avenue, and hear about plans for expanding educational programs and community services. Event Contacts: Diane Renner, Executive Director   #630.234.7978 Rebekah Axtell, Communications #630.926.3019
About Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry
Since 1957, Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry volunteers have provided weekly nutrition support for Aurora area households in need. Special programs are available for women, students, veterans, seniors and persons challenged with disabilities.  Free cooking classes are open to the public. Learn more at
About Marie’s Garden & Urban Farm on Highland Avenue
Marie’s Pantry Garden at 835 N. Highland Ave. was developed in 2014 in partnership with Kane County Fit-for-Kids and Rebuilding Together Aurora.  Non-profit partner Charity Blooms works with volunteers to grow over 120 varieties of vegetables, perennial herbs, fruit trees and berry bushes.  Marie’s Urban Farm is home to the City of Aurora’s premier flock of egg-laying hens.
Cooking classes in Marie’s Garden Kitchen are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in learning to grow, prepare, and preserve food may attend class as a guest or volunteer to help host. Classes are presented by Charity Blooms in partnership with local chefs and Marie’s Pantry. Marie’s Pantry food scraps are fed to local chicken farmers and an onsite composting machine named ‘The IZZO’.  By diverting food waste from landfills, volunteers strive to meet zero-waste sustainability goals. Compost is created onsite daily, replenishing Marie’s Pantry Garden soil to prepare for the next growing season.