Another year of healthful endeavors will be toasted at the Harvest Ball on 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at High Line Car House, 550 S. High St. in Columbus' Brewery District.
It is the largest fundraiser for Local Matters, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy dining and lifestyle habits by providing hands-on cooking classes, gardening workshops and conversations about food.
The Harvest Ball will include food by Two Caterers, signature cocktails by Curio Cocktails and Middle West Spirits, desserts by Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, live music and complimentary valet parking.
Highlights of the evening include a burger and milkshake bar, falafel waffles and a taco station, said Michelle Moskowitz Brown, executive director of Local Matters.
Conspiracy will perform live music throughout the evening, and snacks will be served late into the night.
Tickets are $125 and available at local-matters.org. VIP tickets cost $225 and include a reception at 6 p.m. hosted by Rosalind and Gregg Berhalter of Columbus Crew SC.
Jovanna Tyree, a former vice principal at Moler Elementary School, got involved with Local Matters' CareSource Community Kitchen classes about a year ago with her son, Josiah Adams, 8.
"I like to try things our community represents," Tyree said. "So I tried it and we love it."
Tyree and her son will speak at the Harvest Ball about their experiences with Local Matters, which serves people on a sliding-fee scale or their ability to pay.
The ball will include exclusive raffle prizes and silent-auction items.
Brown said Local Matters continues its outreach with community partners across county lines and works with health-care systems to offer healthful diet tips to both patients and doctors serving those in need.
The ball is a way for people to wind down and mingle with others who want to make Local Matters a success, she said.
"I think it's a good opportunity to build community amongst like-minded people who care about food, access, education and advocacy, which is ultimately our goal," Brown said. "It's definitely a party with a cause."