Garden Party

The 10th annual Golden Trowel awards recognize excellence in food accessibility.



Local chefs doing their thing, craft beer flowing, live music, all in an urban garden for a charitable cause. It doesn't get much more Richmond than that.

On Friday, Oct. 26, Tricycle Gardens will hold its 10th annual Harvest Celebration at its urban farm in Manchester. It's a night of all things local and community-oriented, and the event's crown jewel is the presentation of the Golden Trowel awards (yes, the trophies are exactly how you picture them), which recognizes people and organizations for their dedication to FOOD: Focus on community needs, Outreach and education, Opportunities for healthy food access, and Design of beautiful spaces. Recent winners include Allen Pearcie, the creator of a church's community garden, "Living in a Food Desert" filmmaker Jesse Vaughn, and former first lady Dorothy McAuliffe for "eliminating childhood hunger and improving access to Virginia's agricultural products."

"We really look for people who are doing something different, helping to combat all the food insecurities around Richmond," says the charity's Sarah Pentecost. "Someone who's really given back to the community in terms of food."

Tickets for the event cost $100 per person, and the proceeds go straight to Tricycle Gardens' mission of growing "healthy future through urban agriculture." A ticket covers an all-you-can-eat buffet, with stations hosted by chefs like Patrick Willis of Lemaire, David Crabtree Logan of the Broken Tulip and Megan Phelan of Longoven. Coffee from Blanchard's and booze from Belle Isle Moonshine and Stone Brewing Co. will also be on hand.

"We like to buy something from Tricycle each week and be able to tell our diners when they are eating vegetables grown just 3 miles away and picked that morning," says Logan, who's participating with his wife and business partner Sariann Lehrer. "If it opens some people's mind to eating more vegetables and supporting local agriculture, that would be a benefit."

Tickets are available here.

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