6th Annual Harvest Dinner | The Green Heart Project

6th Annual Harvest Dinner


A little rain never hurt anyone…and it definitely didn’t keep our supporters, friends, and Charleston community from getting to the Harvest Dinner last Thursday! Not only did we surpass our expected number of 600 attendees, we were able to bring together our Green Heart and Mitchell Elementary family, and the community all under one tent to celebrate another year of learning and growth in our school garden.

The sun came out just in time for the neighborhood potluck-style dinner to be served.  And we can still taste the delicious dishes created by our friends at the Burke Culinary Art Program led by Chef Ira Hill, the BBQ from pitmaster extraordinaire Jamie Westendorff, and the amazing Dry Fried Green Beans cooked by Chef Jeff Cali at Lee Lee’s Hot KitchenThe Juice Joint supplied thirst-quenching Agua Frescas while the Cannonborough Beverage Co served up fresh, hand-crafted fruit sodas. CCSD Nutrition Services in partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank was whipping up some strawberry salsa for all to taste. And to pop it all off (pun-intended), King of Pops supplied garden-inspired popsicles for all of our guest. What a meal!


While the Mitchell Garden provided over 100lbs of heirloom green beans, 40lbs Toscano kale, bibb lettuce, mustard greens, sweet onions, speckled butter beans, cow peas, radishes, and of course strawberries – we could not have the Harvest Dinner without the generosity of our presenting sponsor, Limehouse Produce. For the 4th year in a row they have donated the majority of the fresh veggies for the menu.

The vibe of the event could be felt through SOUL Preservation Society spinning vinyl of some amazing tunes. Kids played corn-hole, painted our community art board, and even got up on stage to try their hand at spinning a tune or two. Charleston Fun Factory was there in spirit- although the rain kept the jump castle out of commission. The Lowcountry Lowline, Upper Peninsula, SC StudentsFirst, Reading Buddies, and Ohm Radio were there getting feedback and talking about how to improve our community. And with the help of Smart Recycling US, 95% of our waste was diverted from the landfill to be composted and recycled.

Thank you to the Lowcountry Food Bank’s Mobile Farmers Market who was able to distribute 6,500 lbs of veggies to our community and for the College of Charleston Farm-to-School Initiative for making it possible.


We are so overwhelmed with the endless generosity of our community who came out to support our cause and celebrate with us. Together we were able to raise $16,500 – all of which will go directly to Green Heart’s mission of growing a healthy and vibrant community through school gardens. A big {Green} Heart-felt thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers, and neighbors who made this year’s dinner such an amazing community event. We are already looking forward to next year’s Harvest Dinner!


And another big thank you to all of our Table Sponsors this year, for helping to make our Dinner as inclusive as possible!

  1. Accountfully
  2. Amen Street
  3. Bette Walker Photography
  4. Bibliolabs
  5. Blue Ion
  6. Boutique Planning
  7. Brackish Bowties
  8. Burke HS Culinary Arts Program
  9. Cannonborough Beverage Co
  10. Caviar & Bananas
  11. Charleston Fun Factory
  12. College of Charleston Farm to School Initiative
  13. College of Charleston Farm to School Initiative
  14. Creger/Rabin Properties
  15. Croghan’s Jewelry
  16. D’Allesandro’s Pizza
  17. Don & Susan Harrison
  18. Edmunds Oast
  19. Granna’s Gourmet
  20. Howell & Christmas Law Firm
  21. Indigo Road
  22. King of Pops
  23. Limehouse Produce
  24. The Marshall Walker Group
  25. Nelson Printing
  26. Ohm Radio
  27. Perrin Woodworking
  28. The Rarebit
  29. RecRoom
  30. Sertoma Club – Mt. Pleasant
  31. Students First SC
  32. SYG Designs Flowershop
  33. Technical Event Company 
  34. Terri Henning
  35. The Boat House
  36. The Griffon
  37. The Juice Joint
  38. The Riley Center for Livable Communities
  39. Urban Nirvana
  40. Valbridge Company
  41. Verde
  42. Williams & Walsh Attorneys at Law







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On May 27, 2016
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