More than a dozen restaurants will be bringing food to an annual garden party on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Taste of the Gardens is being planned for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, 1011 N. Main St., Elkhart.

Where better to have a meal from local restaurants than Wellfield Botanic Garden? (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)
Where better to have a meal from local restaurants than Wellfield Botanic Garden? (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)

It’s an art fair and chance to tour the lovely gardens, but also to sample fare from Elkhart-area restaurants. “I’m happy with the menu items. We have a nice variety,” said Brian Housand, co-chair of the event.

The number of restaurants participating did drop from 18 last year to 14 this year, he said. There were some schedule conflicts and restaurant staffing shortages due to the strong economy, which may have also contributed to the smaller number.

Most of the restaurants will serve the food in a large tent on the southeast corner of the gardens. A few others, including The Electric Brew and Honey’s Frozen Desserts, will offer it from smaller tents amidst the artists on the north side of the gardens.

Taste of the Gardens draws a crowd to Wellfield Botanic Gardens. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)
Taste of the Gardens draws a crowd to Wellfield Botanic Gardens. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)

In the tent, Antonio’s Italian Restaurant will have pizza and Italian beef or sausage sandwiches. McCarthy’s will sell Irish macaroni and cheese and corned beef sandwiches, each in small or large sizes. B on the River will be there will desserts.

Bacon Hill Kitchen & Pub will offer its fried green tomatoes, wings, sliders and a walking taco. Great Wall Chinese Restaurant will sell egg rolls, crab rangoons, fried rice and

All five of Kurt Janowky’s restaurants will be there. Offerings will range from mushroom soup with sherry, hazelnut and chives from Café Navarre to bacon wrapped dates from Matterhorn to corned beef and cabbage spring rolls from O’Rourkes.

(Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)
(Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)

Food items are generally $3 to $6 with a few $2 items. Beer and wine will be sold. Iechyd Da will have beer at the event,  but won’t be there with food this year.

The ticket price rose from $5 in past years to $6 in advance or $8 at the gate this year. Housand said he believes it’s still a good value and this is a fundraiser that has generated more than $50,000 in annual proceeds for the garden.

Employees from a number of local restaurants will be making food at this year's Taste of the Gardens. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)
Employees from a number of local restaurants will be making food at this year’s Taste of the Gardens. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)

“This is a relatively high end community event,” Housand said.

Volunteers from Elkhart Noon Rotary Club, Chiphone Credit Union and Lerner Theatre help make it successful, Housand said.

He and other organizers are hoping for lovely weather and a large crowd enjoying the gardens. “The gardens speak for themselves,” he said.

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