Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dinner Event Features Food Grown — and Foraged — in Tower Grove Park

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 2:39 PM

click to enlarge Tower Grove Park's kitchen garden is behind the park's greenhouse. - PHOTO COURTESY OF TOWER GROVE PARK
  • Tower Grove Park's kitchen garden is behind the park's greenhouse.

You may think of Tower Grove Park as a place to jog, or bird watch, or (if you're a kid) even splash around a bit.

You probably don't think of it as a place to find nutrition — except perhaps on Food Truck Fridays. But maybe, a new one-night-only event suggests, it's time for that perception to change.

Each of the five courses at the first-ever "Park to Table" dinner event will feature something that's been grown, or foraged, at Tower Grove Park. That means herbs, radishes, squash, paw paws — even eggs from the Tower Grove Park chickens.

“Most people don’t realize that we have a kitchen garden here, located behind the greenhouse,” Executive Director Bill Reininger said in a press release. “Today, the garden is used for education programs, including a plot reserved for students to plant in early spring.” Other products will come from the 289-acre grounds.

The evening's chef will be Heather Stone, executive chef at Taste. No stranger to the farm-to-table ethos, Stone grew up on a dairy farm in rural Iowa. She credits her grandmother's vegetable garden as one of her biggest influences, which should make the Park to Table dinner a natural fit.

The event is a fundraiser that benefits the park, and tickets are $160 each. Seating is limited and tickets are expected to sell quickly, so if you're curious to taste the bounty that can be found just a few feet (in some cases) away from one of St. Louis' densest neighborhoods, you might want to get cracking. More ticket info is online here.

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com

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