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Treasure Coast Food Bank’s first Fall Harvest Dinner is a lakeside celebration of seasonal food favorites

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s first Fall Harvest Dinner

VERO BEACH, Fla. Nov. 15, 2018 - A rising moon, a fire pit’s glow, and the cheerful sounds of bluegrass music set the scene for Treasure Coast Food Bank’s first Fall Harvest Dinner held at Schacht Groves on Nov. 10, 2018.

Guests enjoyed an array of hearty hors d’oeuvres as they toured the packing house before making their way to the lakeside pavilion for a dinner of savory fall dishes to celebrate the bounty of the season.

“We appreciate everyone joining us to celebrate the inaugural Fall Harvest Dinner here at this beautiful pavilion at Schacht Groves,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We couldn’t ask for a more beautiful evening under the moonlight, so I hope everyone enjoys the music, the food, and the company, knowing that your contribution will help provide for our neighbors who are in need this holiday season.”

 “I want to thank the sponsors for tonight’s event, Sal and Sharon Saraniti, Martin Health System, The George E. Warren Corp.,  John and Joyce Slavsky, the Macrae Family, Berry Fresh Café,  and Ecotone Farm, which provided our takeaways for this evening, the fresh hydroponically grown lettuces,” Cruz said. “I’d also like to thank Wild Thyme Catering, Walking Tree Brewery, the Blue Cypress Bluegrass Band, and Schacht Groves.”

The meal created by Wild Thyme Catering featured Pork Loin with Dijon crème sauce, Chicken Marsala, garlic mashed potatoes, and green bean almandine. Guests could choose from Wild Thyme Runner Punch with Tito’s Vodka or craft beer donated by Walking Tree Brewery. The meal was capped with a traditional Napoleon cake with strawberries and a strawberry coolie created by Healthy Harvest Catering, a program of Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Proceeds from the event will help to provide more than 160,000 meals for the community. This season marks Treasure Coast Food Bank’s 30th anniversary in service to people struggling with hunger and the debut of Healthy Harvest Catering, its newest program that addresses ways to fight hunger and poverty holistically.

In addition to providing catering service for area events, Healthy Harvest Catering under the direction of Chef Daniel Leavy, will feature a training program for people in the culinary industry who want to improve their skills or learn all aspects of catering. It operates out of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Processing Plant.

“I invite everyone to come take a tour through our monthly Food For Thought tours,” Cruz said.                                                 

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at

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