Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Experience Foods from Around the World at Cultures & Cuisines Fundraiser in the International Garden

Seven area restaurants will feature cuisines celebrating the Spanish-American, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sections of the International Garden at Cultures & Cuisines, a fundraising event on August 23 that will help expand the plant collections of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

Square One Fish Co., Last Resort Grill, The Grit, The National, Speakeasy, Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market and Ted's Most Best will offer tastings of dishes complemented by wine selections from Northeast Sales & Distributing and beer from Terrapin Brewing.

Each restaurant will donate the food to support the Garden and advertise this event to their customers.

The event will be located inside the Gardenside Room on the lower level of the Visitor Center/Conservatory and in the International Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge, Athens from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Music will be performed by BotJam, comprised of past and present Garden employees who won a crowd favorite award at the 2011 AthensBusinessRocks contest.  “This event will be completely casual” explains Jeannette Coplin, Director of Horticulture and Grounds at the State Botanical Garden. “We want people to enjoy the collections, food, music and each other while showing their support of our gardens.” All funds raised will go towards expanding and maintaining the plant collections, which are not only educational, but inspire visitors to try new plants and plant combinations—tested in this climate—as part of home landscapes. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens includes a Daffodil Display Garden, All-American Selections Display and Conifer Reference Garden.

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by calling 706-542-1244 or at the event. 

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