Now in its 14th year, Dish: Cuisine for Change has become Second Harvest Heartland’s signature fundraising gala. Last year, Dish raised more than $700,000, because of our generous sponsors, restaurants, guests, and donors.

Help Provide Food and Hope to Local Kids

This year’s event will support our child hunger programs. Food is hope for many kids who face hunger on a daily basis. When kids are worried about where their next meal will come from, they can’t concentrate. Your support will help provide food and proper nutrition to local kids so they can focus on learning, playing and growing.

Parking and Directions

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:

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 – Dessert is served in the ballroom and the program begins. The brief program includes the live auction and fund-a-need.
  • 9:00 pm – Feature performance by Billy Gardell
  • 10:00 pm – The event ends. Auction check-out begins.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 schedule at the top of the page.

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. During the seated portion of the program, guests will also enjoy a delicious dessert.

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

Q:  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 $1750, 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?

$115 of each $175 ticket and $1,150 of each $1,750 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 $175 ticket provides more than 500 meals to those most in need right here in our community.

Q: How can I participate on social media the evening of the event?

We encourage guests to help us spread the word by sharing and liking Second Harvest Heartland’s posts, supporting the goal of ending childhood hunger in our communities.

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 (up to $50,000). With this generous match, Second Harvest Heartland can provide 6 meals for every $1.00 donated!