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


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.

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