A Seasonal Harvest Dinner Series

September 14 - November 09
7:00 - 9:30 pm
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A Seasonal Harvest Dinner Series

Awbury Arboretum Presents: a Seasonal Harvest Series

Join us for a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Awbury Arboretum. Local chefs will present specially-selected menus highlighting farm fresh foods of fall as guests dine together in the parlors or on the grand porch of Awbury’s historic Francis Cope House. A signature cocktail will be served at each dinner.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 – “Dance of the Ripe Tomato”

Join us for a saucy good time with a rustic three-course meal celebrating the late summer tomato harvest.  Fresh plucked, jammed, sauced, and brittled, experience the tomato as you haven’t before – bridging the divide between sweet, savory, and seriously satisfying.  You’ll be dancing in your seats!  Click here to see September’s menu.  See registration form below.  Please note: Registration for this event ends at noon on Tuesday, September 12th.  Get your tickets today!

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – “Rooted”

As the earth’s energy descends underground with the turning of fall, we celebrate the roots, tubers, mushrooms, and preserved late-summer fruits that ground and nourish the body’s very roots.   Our hearty three-course meal will warm you from the inside-out with its delectable woodland inspiration and the flavors of the season.  Click here to see October’s menu.  See registration form below.

Thursday, November 9, 2017  – “Make-and-Take Holiday Appetizers”

Mix and mingle at this make-and-take holiday appetizer soiree where you’ll nibble, sip, and learn new tricks of the trade in preparation for the busy holiday season.  Sample five savory appetizers, two desserts, and three cocktails and leave with new recipes that will impress even the most stoic of guests!  Click here to see November’s menu.  See registration form below.


Each dinner event runs from 7:00 – 9:30 PM.

Tickets: $35/person, per dinner.  Please register for each event separately.

Space is limited. Dinner series is BYO.

Location: the Francis Cope House, 1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138

Featuring Chefs Gail Hinson and Alyssa Schimmel.

Gail Hinson has a degree in Applied Science with a focus on biology and nutrition.  She is currently a Culinary Educator at Awbury Arboretum and also holds a position with Wakefern Food Corporation as a Corporate Chef.  Chef Gail’s interest is in preparing fresh foods in innovative ways, developing delightful flavor profiles while maintaining the highest nutrient levels possible.

Alyssa Schimmel is a community herbalist and gardener with a clinical practice in Philadelphia. She currently works as a co-farm manager of Cloud 9, a rooftop gardening nonprofit, that plants medicinal gardens on rooftop sites. The  flagship location at Guild House West, a senior resident facility, provides fresh herbs and herbal preparations to seniors. She also serves as the Education Director for The Philadelphia Orchard Project and is working to expand orchard education in Philadelphia schools. Her classes are community-oriented, rich in story, immersive, and engaging, providing many points of entry for connecting with the spirit of plants for health and wellness.


Thursday, October 12, 2017 – “Rooted”

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 – “Make-and-Take Holiday Appetizers”

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Please register for each event separately.