Celebrating our 16th anniversary of the event, Dish: Cuisine for Change has become Second Harvest Heartland’s signature fundraising gala. Last year, Dish raised nearly $770,000, because of our generous sponsors, restaurants, guests, and donors.


Individual Ticket - $225

Table of 10 - $2,500

Enjoy exclusive benefits!

  •    Recognition on the event website
  •    Recognition on sponsor pages in the program book
  •    Table signage with Table Host name(s)
  •    Ability to pre-order wine for your table guests.

Register Your Guests

To provide a smooth and quick experience for all Dish guests, please provide your guest names and contact information here. This ensures that we can follow up with your guests directly about tax receipts or payment questions, should they arise. You may register your guests at any point before Dish. If you have questions, please email dish@2harvest.org or call 651.209.7994.

Your donation will be matched!

If you are unable to attend Dish this year, please consider making a donation, which will be matched by Ameriprise Financial, our Fund-a-Need Sponsor (up to $50,000). With this generous match, Second Harvest Heartland can provide 6 meals for every $1.00 donated! 

Evening Schedule

5:30 pm – Registration opens. We invite you to mingle and network while enjoying gourmet food, wine tastings and complimentary cocktails. Be sure to place your bid on hundreds of exciting auction items!

7:30 pm – Ballroom doors open.

7:45 pm – Silent auction closes and restaurant sampling closes.

8:00 pm – Program begins in the ballroom. The brief program includes the live auction and fund-a-need.

9:00 pm – Feature performance by Howie Mandel!

10:00 pm –The event ends. Auction check-out begins.


Dish: Cuisine for Change is held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul.

Saint Paul RiverCentre
1175 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102


There is ample paid parking around the RiverCentre, including the RiverCentre parking ramp across the street that accesses the event center through a skyway. For more details, visit: www.rivercentre.org/parking.


Here are answers to commonly asked questions about Dish: Cuisine for Change.  If you have additional questions about the event, please contact us. 

Q: What time should I arrive?

Event check-in opens at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 7:45 p.m. We recommend coming early to enjoy the food, wine, and cocktail samples. Plus, you’ll want extra time to view the auction items! View the Evening Schdule above.

Q: Will there be a formal dinner?

No, Dish: Cuisine for Change is unique in that we partner with about 20 chefs from local restaurants, who create samples of their gourmet cuisine for guests to enjoy from 5:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. 

Q: What should I wear?

Most guests wear business casual to semi-formal attire. If you’d like to get a better idea, view photos from previous years

Q:  Will I receive a ticket before the event?

No, you will not receive a ticket for entry. All guest information will be at check-in. If you purchased multiple tickets, or you’re a Table Host or Sponsor, please register your guests or email guest information to dish@2harvest.org.

Why do I have to register my guests?

We ask that you provide us your guest names and emails before the event begins. This will help us do the following:

  •       It keeps the check-in lines moving quickly, because your guests’ name badges are pre-printed with bidder and table numbers.
  •       Ensures your guests are accurately seated at your table.
  •       Allows us to privately follow up with your guests about tax receipts and payment questions, should they arise.

You have time! You may register your guests at any point before Dish.

Q: Will I need cash for anything at the event?

We recommend you do bring cash. Each year, we choose one unique item to be featured in our raffle, and tickets sell for $20 each. Raffle tickets may only be purchased with cash or debit cards.

Q: What if I can’t attend the event but still want to support Dish?

  •    Make a matched donation:

We will miss you at Dish this year! Please consider making a donation, which will be matched by Ameriprise Financial, our Fund-a-Need Sponsor (up to $50,000). With this generous match, Second Harvest Heartland can provide 6 meals for every $1.00 donated. 

  •       Host a donated table:

You can purchase a table for $2,500, and donate it back to Second Harvest Heartland. When you donate a table, you receive the acknowledgement benefits as the Table Host. Additionally, Second Harvest Heartland can invite agency partners, volunteers, and other community partners to enjoy a seat at your table. This helps us deepen our relationships and fulfill our mission to “end hunger through community partnerships.”

Q: How much of my ticket or table purchase is tax deductible?

$165 of each $225 ticket and $1,900 of each $2,500 table is tax deductible.  Upon your purchase, you will receive either an email with tax deductibility information or a letter in the mail. Please save these documents for your records. Second Harvest Heartland is a careful steward of your generosity. More than 94% of donations are applied to programs and less than 6% to administration. Therefore, a $225 ticket provides more than 675 meals to those most in need right here in our community.