Here are answers to commonly asked questions about Dish: Cuisine for Change. 

If you have additional questions about the event, please email or visit the contact page.

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!

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 here.

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 or 3 for $50. 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 $60,000). With this generous match, Second Harvest Heartland can provide 6 meals for every $1.00 donated. Make a matched donation here.

·       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.” Purchase a table here.

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

Tax-deductible amounts are $155/ticket & $1800/table. 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.

Second Harvest Heartland is committed to being good stewards of funds, with 94.3% of every dollar spent on the programs and services we deliver to end hunger.