The University of Delaware's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Food Bank of Delaware will hold “An Evening in the Garden” from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at UD's Garden for the Community, which is located off South College Avenue, Newark, Del., near the Girl Scouts building.
Those who attend will enjoy garden-fresh food, fine wine and live entertainment in celebration of the bounty of the Garden for the Community.
The event also includes a guest lecture by Carrie Murphy and Anna Stoops, UD Cooperative Extension educators, on the importance of community gardens.
The garden, part of UD's 350-acre agro-ecology teaching complex, also provides a living classroom for students and community members, as well as a demonstration area for Food Bank culinary workshops.
More than 90,000 Delawareans turn to emergency food assistance each year and almost half of those people are children. With the economic downturn, the Food Bank's network of hunger-relief partners report a 30 percent increase in demand.
A special appearance will be made by Deborah Brenner, founder and CEO of Women of the Vine Cellars, a 1988 UD graduate who recently received the UD Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement and also the Women of WineSense Rising Star award. Her latest book, Women of the Vine: Inside the World of Women Who Make, Taste and Enjoy Wine, will be on sale at the event and for every purchase, Brenner will give $2 back to the Food Bank.
Registration is $25 per person, which includes dinner, wine and entertainment. Those who attend are asked to bring a bag of non-perishable goods for Delaware Does More.