A garden party, quite naturally, kicked off the Aug. 16 Harvest of the Heart gala for the Ceres Project, which allows young people to grow and prepare nurturing food for people being treated for serious medical conditions.
At the gardens behind O’Reilly Media in Sebastopol, supporters of Ceres strolled among the fall vegetables and sipped champagne or local wine or Ceres Smoothies, tasted the plentiful appetizers and perused the temptations of the silent auction.
From the garden it was a short walk to the O’Reilly lawn and the inviting dining area encircled by a wall of standing, wooden pallets.
The family-style meal was a healthful, colorful feast orchestrated by celebrated chefs John Ash and Barbara Hom and prepared by Ceres teens.
A program reminded the diners that the Ceres Project has provided nearly 300,000 meals to patients.
The food is intended to be so nutritious that it boosts the healing process by fortifying clients’ immune systems. The record $176,000 raised at the outdoor gala helps assure that Ceres will grow and cook for even more people at a time in their lives when they’re especially in need of wholesome, healing, comforting nutrition.