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