Project Dinner Table returns

It will be chow time — and a good time — for the community on Sept. 29 when the popular Project Dinner Table returns under the stars at the University of Nevada Cooperative (UNCE) Orchard. Doubling as a charity event for the nonprofit Green Our Planet, it will feature a quartet of respected Las Vegas chefs who will deliver a four-hour feast for more than 100 guests.

Diners will be treated to a six-course meal from chefs Geno Bernardo (executive chef at The Summit in Summerlin), Steve Piamchuntar (executive chef at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve), Leticia Mitchell (owner/chef of Leticia’s Mexican Cocina) and Doug Taylor (executive pastry chef at Jerry’s Nugget).

As described in the announcement of the event, dishes will be “inspired by the season and location, featuring locally sourced ingredients.” As is traditional at this grand community meal, diners will be seated at one long, white table-clothed table, serenaded by live music and specialty libations.

“After hearing from so many Project Dinner Table enthusiasts — each of whom told me how much they missed this community-building experience — I am proud to announce we’re back,” said Gina Gavin, the event’s founder, in a statement. “Our purpose has always been to help build a stronger, more sustainable, resilient community through inclusively connecting new friends with old, while enjoying the culinary talents of some of the world’s best chefs at unique locations, all benefiting a worthy local cause.”

Green Our Planet operates the largest school garden program in the United States. Green Our Planet launched its Outdoor Garden Classroom Program in Las Vegas in 2013. The Outdoor Garden Classroom Program helps public and private schools raise funding for outdoor school gardens where students can learn a variety of subjects including STEAM, health and nutrition. Green Our Planet’s “turn-key” Outdoor Garden Classroom Program is now the largest and one of the most comprehensive school garden programs offered in the United States.

A donation for a minimum of $5,000 from the Sept. 29 event will be presented to the organization on behalf of guests, sponsors and vendors. Over 29 previous dining events, more than $110,000 in charitable donations was generated. Project Dinner Table will begin at 6 p.m. at the orchard at 4600 Horse Drive in North Las Vegas. Tickets are $220 per person and can be purchased at

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