Chefs in a Garden Fundraiser Showcases Local Food and Chefs

St. Louis Chefs use locally grown ingredients to create a benefit meal for Gateway Greening

ST. LOUIS, MO. (August 18, 2016) — St. Louis’ best chefs are cooking with local produce grown at The Gateway Greening Urban Farm, community gardens and other local farms. Gateway Greening, a non-profit organization in St. Louis, educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture.  Gateway Greening will host the 19th annual Chefs in a Garden Gala on Sunday, September 11 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the event’s new venue, the Four Seasons St. Louis. The event’s media partner is St. Louis Magazine and producer is Synergy Productions. Sponsors of the event include Centene, Commerce Bank, Husch Blackwell, and St. Louis Composting.

The list to-date of chefs and restaurants participating include: Chris Bolyard of Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions, Josh Charles of Element, Robert Colosimo of Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Gian Nicola Colucci of Cielo, Adam Gnau of Acero, Grant Higgs of Missouri Athletic Club, Vu Hoang of SubZero, Tamara Keefe of Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery, Rick Lewis of Southern, John Perkins of Juniper, Tonya Tucker of Food Outreach, and Seth Verseman of 1904 Steakhouse.

The event will also publically recognize long time Gateway Greening Board Member Loura Gilbert for her dedication to the organization by presenting her with the Whitmire Award. Gilbert is the Vice President of Community Development at Commerce Bank. “Loura’s dedication and commitment to Gateway Greening have been unmatched, and as she serves her last year on the Gateway Greening board, there was no question that she should receive this award. We thank Loura for her leadership throughout her time with Gateway Greening, “ said Matt Schindler, Executive Director of Gateway Greening. The Whitmire Award is named for Peg and Blanton Whitmire. The honor is awarded annually to a volunteer, donor or supporter that has shown extraordinary dedication to the advancement of the organization.

Other event highlights include a live and silent auction, Gateway Greening’s Chef of the Year Award, special guest food judge George Mahe who is the Food Editor of St. Louis Magazine, words from Gateway Greening program representatives, and a special appearance by student chefs from Mallinckrodt Academy.  The event’s emcee is KMOV anchor Courtney Bryant and the auctioneer is Amit Dhawan of Synergy Productions.

Tickets can be purchased for $150 per person. To purchase tickets, for sponsorship opportunities, and to learn additional event details, please visit


About Gateway Greening

Gateway Greening is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. Programs include supporting more than 200 community and youth-focused gardens across the St. Louis area through educational opportunities, grants and technical assistance; urban beautification projects that enhance the downtown St. Louis urban landscape; and The Gateway Greening Urban Farm, a 2.5 acre farm in downtown St. Louis that provides therapeutic horticulture and jobs training programs to individuals who are homeless and underserved.
For more information on Gateway Greening and its programs visit or call 314-588-9600.