Celebrate the harvest with Dinner in the Orchard on September 13

We are excited about our first-ever Dinner in the Orchard event scheduled for Thursday, September 13 at T.S. Smith & Sons’ farm in Bridgeville! The evening will feature fresh foods straight from the farm, beer, wine and entertainment from the Swing Notables. Food for the evening will be prepared by students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware. The event will take place in a brand-new pavilion located in one of the farm’s many fruit orchards.  

Proceeds from the event will benefit our Milford Branch expansion project. The $2.8 million project calls for the creation of a volunteer room to house volunteer activities and increase programming capacity and a brand-new, industrial-sized kitchen for The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware.

“Recognizing that our area has a growing array of restaurants and hotels, many who go the extra mile to source from our farm, The Culinary School in southern Delaware will help supply these businesses with highly-trained employees that keep their business running effectively,” said Charlie Smith, fourth generation farmer and partner, T.S. Smith & Sons.“We understand the challenges of finding and keeping qualified employees in a seasonal business framework. We believe that this event speaks to the very heart of both the local food movement and the growing number of consumers who are looking to support local business efforts. Everyone wins.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with T.S. Smith & Sons on this new event,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We’re very excited to show off the skills of our talented group of students from The Culinary School. Thanks to our Milford Branch expansion project, we will soon have two industrial-sized kitchens to train adults throughout the state in the culinary arts.”  

Tickets for the event are $50/person. The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. To purchase tickets, please contact Kim Kostes at (302) 444-8074 or kkostes@fbd.org. Online registration and directions to the event are available at www.fbd.org/orcharddinner.

“Working the Food Bank of Delaware helps us do our part to end hunger right here in our area,” said Smith. “Our commitment to sourcing locally should not end with our farm market, partner farmers markets, school cafeterias and the restaurants that make a point of using our produce. Everyone needs access to fresh, local produce. The food bank does that and makes so much more possible for the residents of Southern Delaware. We are excited to be part of this outstanding event.”

Event sponsorships are still available. To learn more about event sponsorship, contact Kim. The following organizations have signed up to sponsor:

BASF Corp.


Betts and Biddle Eyecare
Seaford Federal Credit Union
Trinity Foundation


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