‘Sweet Harvest’ offers food, wine for cause

TAYLOR — Fast becoming a regional tradition, the seventh annual Sweet Harvest in the Vineyard Oct. 23 offers live music, Italian wines and more to benefit the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Executive Director Patty Donahue said the autumn staple is the conservatory’s primary event of the year for raising funds to support the Conservancy Foundation and its creation and maintenance of public gardens.

The event — sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taylor; the dentistry partnership of Jackson, Snider and Parker, Concord EMS; and ITC Holdings — begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and includes gourmet food, an open bar and craft beers. Entertainment will be courtesy of Sounds of Sinatra, and attendees will have a chance to participate in live and silent auctions.

The event has long been regarded as a destination evening for wine lovers, and this year’s Sweet Harvest will include for the first time an authentic “grape stomp,” demonstrated by actresses from Big Girl Productions. Also making a debut appearance will be offerings from the Taylor Conservancy Gift Shop including locally made chocolates, garden items and plans.

Reservations are suggested for the limited-seating event, which costs $60 at the door, $50 in advance. Harvest in the Vineyard is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St. in Southgate. For tickets and further information, call 313-215-2308 or go to www.taylorconservatory.org.