Annual Harvest Celebration Widely Successful

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Nearly 170 people filled the banquet room at the Inn at 835 for Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s Harvest Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 15.

The attendees represent the largest turnout Illinois Stewardship Alliance has had to its annual fundraiser to date. Not only that, but the event, which included opening remarks from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a silent auction and highlights of Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s work, brought in more than $10,000.

“It was amazing to see so many people packed together under one roof united by their support for family farmers, local food, sustainable agriculture and Illinois Stewardship Alliance. Not only did attendees leave with full bellies feeling satiated by the bounty of food courtesy of central Illinois’ most innovative farmers and chefs, but they left with a sense of community and purpose,” Wes King, Illinois Stewardship Alliance executive director, said.

The Harvest Celebration revolves around a tasting meal of local food, grown by some of Illinois’ most innovative farmers, cooked and crafted by some of Illinois’ most creative chefs. Dishes this year included bbq pulled pork onion tarts, fall quinoa salad, and an eggplant pancake topped with pulled pork and cilantro crema.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance would like to thank the following people for their help in making the event a success:

Illinois’ hardworking farmers, Capitol Blue Print, Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, Jordan and Aurora Coffey of American Harvest Eatery,, Jen DIllman, Jessica Gorin of Big Grove Tavern, Ann and Keith Hamilton of Slow Food Springfield, Michael Higgins of Maldaner’s Restaurant, Incredibly Delicous, Jay Kitterman, August Mrozowski of Augie’s Front Burner, Al Piper and Deb Russel, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, Lisa Stott, Caren and Ed Trudeau, Amanda Vinicky and everyone who contributed to the silent auction.