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DCCG's Local Harvest Benefit hosted by Tapa La Luna to be held virtually

DeKALB – DeKalb County Community Gardens’ (DCCG) annual signature event, the Local Harvest Benefit hosted by Tapa La Luna, will be held online this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

DCCG’s virtual dinner table event will be held online 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. This year’s master of ceremonies is Kris Habermehl. Habermehl is a lieutenant with the Kirkland Fire Department and renowned airborne weather and traffic reporter.

All tickets are $50.00 per person and may be purchased online at

“Each year, the Local Flavors Benefit provides a venue for DCCG to celebrate our achievements and seek support for future work in our community,” said Dorothy Coleman, DCCG board member and committee chairperson. “This year, like other local organizations, is a little different for us.”

With the arrival of COVID-19, DeKalb County’s need for food rose quickly and dramatically. Since March 19, DCCG had served 35,441 people of varying ages 371,225 pounds of food. In 2019, DCCG served just over 20,000 individuals for the entire year. In the first half of 2020, that many people were served in three months.

The online event will showcase the professional culinary expertise of Tapa La Luna’s Chef Chad Warborg and guest chefs to create a seasonal meal for viewers. Viewers will join in the virtual experience by picking up the same meal the day of the event from 4 to 6 p.m. at Tapa La Luna, 226 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. Roasted meat side available on request with no additional charge.

Music and conversation will complete the program. Printable recipes will be shared with viewers who wish to recreate the meal on their own.

“DCCG plays a vital role in ensuring no one goes hungry,” past committee chair Moria Nagy said. “The recent tornado damage at our Walnut Grove Vocational Farm put a stumble in our step so this fundraiser is pretty important to keep DCCG at the forefront of ending food insecurity in DeKalb County.”

In addition to ticket sales, sponsorship opportunities starting at $250 are available. One hundred percent of donations will directly benefit DCCG’s programs.

As in years past, Nancy Proesel, DCCG Board Member and event host, is providing the produce for the dinner from local area farmers in order to reserve DCCG-grown produce for clients. Other DCCG board members will donate their time, talents and dollars to cover all event costs.

For more information about the event and sponsorships, contact Dorothy Coleman at

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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