Seed Savers Exchange and Guest Chef Kurt Michael Friese invite everyone to join in a celebration of our garden heritage through a seed-to-table dinner at Heritage Farm Saturday, Aug. 24.

All proceeds support Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) and their mission to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

Guest Chef Kurt Michael Friese, owner of Iowa City's Devotay Restaurant, is a writer and advocate for crafted, local, sustainable food. He has served on the national Slow Food board, is a member of the Slow Food Ark of Taste committee and is publisher of Edible Iowa River Valley magazine.

Friese has selected many heirloom varieties for the dinner from the Ark of Taste currently being grown in gardens throughout Heritage Farm.

The five-course meal includes heirloom vegetables and fruits such as 'Red Fig' tomatoes, 'Hungarian Beaver Dam' peppers and Aunt Molly's ground cherries as well as award-winning Iowa Swabian Hall pork.

The cost is $150 per ticket, most of which is tax deductible. To see a full menu and to register for the dinner, visit, , or call 563-387-5670.