News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 19, 2013

White Violet dinner fundraiser to celebrate local foods, harvest

Special to the Tribune-Star

ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS — The community is invited to celebrate the harvest with an evening of fresh local foods prepared by local chefs on Oct. 6 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

The Harvest Dinner Fundraiser will benefit White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. in the Reflection Garden at White Violet Center, with appetizers and a cash bar of local beers and wines.

The meal will follow at 6 p.m. in the Owens Hall Dining Room. Local chefs and food artisans including Kris Kraut of Indiana State University, Jeff Ford of J. Ford’s Black Angus, Shelby Shober of the Terre Haute Country Club, Harvest Bakery LLC and Sister Ann Sullivan will contribute to the meal. Much of the food was organically grown in the White Violet Center’s community-supported gardens at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Those present may also join in a silent auction for theater tickets, a Longaberger basket and more.

“It’s probably one of the best meals available in Terre Haute all year long,” said Robyn Morton, associate director for White Violet Center and one of the event’s coordinators. Past meals have featured roasted pork loin, brazed short ribs and vegetarian lasagna.

In addition to enjoying the bounty of the autumn harvest, diners will have an opportunity to visit with alpacas and to mingle with other local food advocates.

The cost for the dinner is $45 per person, with a reservation deadline of Sept. 30. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Morton at 812-535-2932 or

A limited supply of tickets is available, so attendees are urged to buy early to ensure a spot.

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