HIGHLAND PARK, IL (OCTOBER 2018) – In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Ravinia Farmers Market, Chef John Sherman of the Ravinia District of Highland Park’s Abigail’s American Bistro will celebrate Highland Park’s inaugural Fall Harvest Dinner on Monday, November 5th from 4-9 p.m. This farmers market to table “Taste of Ravinia Farmers Market” will be held at Bluegrass Restaurant located at 1636 Old Deerfield Road in Highland Park.

Hosted by Ravinia Farmers Market manager, Ed Kugler, he could not think of a better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the longest running farmers market in Highland Park and show his appreciation to all the vendors and market-goers.  “I want to thank everyone for their support of the market and invite anyone to come reap the rewards of a true, local ‘farmers market to table’ Fall harvest dinner,” says Kugler.

Chef Sherman will create and prepare a delicious Fall Harvest Dinner that will showcase more than ten vendors from this year’s Ravinia Farmers Market. Vegan-vegetarian options will be available.

A meet & greet will be held from 6 -7 p.m., where diners can get to know their local farmers and vendors and appreciate the bounty they provide. There will also be prizes, food baskets and more.

“I look forward to the Fall Harvest Dinner being an annual event showcasing local growers and culinary creations from our Highland Park chefs,” states Kugler.  “This is also a great way for the community to show its support of our local farmers and small business vendors.”

Cost is $35/full dinner buffet, $15/children 6 to 12, 5 and under free. Seating is limited. Reservations are required by November 2nd.  RSVP to 847-561-1302 or visit RaviniaFarmersMarket.org.

Deemed a natural and organic food guru and expert gardener, Highland Park resident Ed Kugler is the manager of both the Ravinia and new Highland Park Farmers Markets. He was also a vendor at the Ravinia Farmers Market in its very first year as “the sprout man” with the Highwood organic sprouts business he opened in 1978. Also, over the past decade, Kugler has developed The Organic Teaching Garden where more than 200 students Highland Park High School’s AP and Environmental Science students take charge of plots. They will grow a variety of squash, kale, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables that are sold at the farmers markets, donated to food pantries and incorporated into dishes at area restaurants.  For more information on the Highland Park or Ravinia Farmers Markets or The Organic Teaching Garden, email Ed Kugler at highlandparkfm@gmail.com or visit RaviniaFarmersMarket.org.