United Way Imagination Library Progressive Dinner

Saturday, April 14, 2018 & Saturday, April 21, 2018

Please join us for a unique dining experience to benefit Imagination Library! Your choice of different cuisines – 10 guest per cuisine – unless noted! Tickets: $125

Registration is NOW OPEN!

To register, please complete the form below or call 320.229.3501.

April 14, 2018

Reception hosted by
Brad & Kathy Wheelock in Walden Woods

Andes to Amazon – sample tapas and enjoy a culinary journey through South America. (10 tickets)

Saddle up for BBQ – determine once and for all who has the best BBQ!  Delivered straight from the source:  North Carolina, Texas, and Kansas. (10 tickets)

Moroccan Spice – a chance to indulge on food prepared with cooking techniques dating back to the 9th century. (10 tickets)

When in Rome – treat yourself to traditional Roman delights from the land where lovers meet, friends reminisce, and the food is legendary. (10 tickets)

Downtown Fusion – travel back in time to the beginning of downtown St. Cloud, merging foods with history. (10 tickets)

Renaissance Feast – celebrate the culinary artistry of a cuisine fit for Kings and Queens! (12 tickets) (Peanut/Tree Nut)

An Evening in Tuscany – enjoy gastronomic delights that make Tuscany one of the richest and most delicious cuisines in the world. (10 tickets)

California Coastal – delight your culinary senses with an adventure to the coastal towns of California, featuring the freshest ingredients and prepared by an executive chef and true Californian. (10 tickets) 8 tickets available

Even the Village Idiot Reads, a Tribute to the Self-Deprecating Brian Lee toast Brian Lee while you dine on his Southeast Asian inspired White Horse favorites. (12 tickets) (Seafood/Peanut)

Chinese Fanju – straight from China and highlighting their local favorites, dine at an authentic Chinese feast prepared by Confucius Institute interns. (10 tickets)

Reception hosted by
Dr. Mary Hinton and Robert Williams at College of St. Benedict Renner House

Spices of the Silk Road – follow the spices of the Silk Road with flavors from Korea to the Arabian Sea. (10 tickets) (Tree Nut) 2 tickets available

Made Fresh Daily – abundantly supplied with fresh ingredients, this table is sure to excite your taste buds. (10 tickets)

Luck o’ the Irish – a chance to experience the flavors that represent Ireland’s bounty and honors Irish heritage. (16 tickets)

Southwest Fiesta! – tangy, spicy, or savory: bringing together a bold blend of flavors from the Southwest. (10 tickets) (Seafood/Peanut/Tree Nut)

Farm to Table – treat yourself to some of Minnesota’s best, local, and fresh offerings.  (10 tickets)

April 21, 2018

Reception hosted by
Marc & Marie Sanderson in Pine Point

Thai Temptation – for those that like a little heat on their palate, this can-be-spicy cuisine is exactly what you’re looking for and features a very special United Way chef!  (10 tickets) (Seafood and Tree Nut) 2 tickets available

Cena con la Famiglia – choosing some of Italy’s signature dishes, this cuisine provides a taste of the bounty that originates from this part of the world. (10 tickets)

The Leaky Cauldron – Muggles and wizards converge on Diagon Alley to enjoy some of Harry Potter’s favorite delights from some of his favorite students, the national award winning chefs from Sauk Rapids-Rice High School’s Pro-Start culinary program. (12 tickets) SOLD OUT

Harvest of the Heartland – inspired by the love of locally grown fresh food, cooked outdoors in a unique way and reminiscent of earlier times, this hearty harvest is sure to bring comfort to your soul while in a casual atmosphere. (8 tickets)

Banquete de España – melding the heritage and foods of Spanish culture. ¡Buen provecho! (10 tickets) (Seafood)

Texican Table – bring your boots and bling and enjoy a bright, bold mix of sunny Tex-Mex favorites inspired by summer’s bounty. (10 tickets)

Prost! – Grab your lederhosen and dirndl and get ready to be ‘fired’ up by this traditional German fare! (10 tickets) 2 tickets available

Fire and Ice – a delectable array of spicy and icy menu options that go beyond your expectations and make this alarming setting one you can’t miss. (10 tickets) (Seafood) SOLD OUT

It’s All Greek to Me – centuries of culinary and cultural influences make this Mediterranean cuisine one of the tastiest. (12 tickets)

African Cravings – a colorful and lavish cuisine prepared in traditional Nigerian style. (10 tickets)

Steampunk – celebrate the history and aesthetics of mechanical ingenuity while appreciating this forward momentum through culinary delights. (10 tickets) 2 tickets available


United Way Imagination Library Progressive Dinner Registration

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A United Way staff member will call you within two business days of your registration to confirm your cuisine choice.

If payment is not received within four business days from your confirmation phone call, the tickets will be released.

$125/person includes four course dinner, beverages and pre/post receptions.

Premier Sponsor:
Premier Real Estate Services

Event Sponsors:
Mark Bernick & Kathleen Crawford Bernick
College of St. Benedict
Paul and Joanne Dorsher
Jason and Debbie Erickson
Granite Equity Partners
Chip and Bill Martin-Chaffee
Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.
Mike Schlough and Becky Bastien

Corporate Sponsors:
D.J. Bitzan Jewelers, Dick, Mimi and Erin Bitzan
Gray Plant Mooty

Supporting Sponsors:
Bob and Elizabeth Feigh
North Benton Dental Care
Sartell Pediatrics
Wilcox Family Dentistry

Choose your cuisine early with reserved seating as an Event Sponsor at the $2500 level and above. Sponsorships are available from $500. If you are interested, please contact Lori.


Local chefs will prepare appetizers, soup and salad, main entrée and desserts. You will travel to different homes in the area to dine and visit with others who have selected the same cuisine. 10 – 14 guests per cuisine.

Your evening will begin at a reception home with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and socializing with a larger group. Then you and the other guest in your cuisine will progress to your first course and main course homes where you will enjoy a meal prepared by volunteer and gourmet chefs. You will finish the evening at the reception home for a wonderful array of desserts and beverages.

Proceeds benefit the Imagination Library program of United Way of Central Minnesota which provides a free book each month to children in Central Minnesota from birth to their fifth birthday. Last year more than 8,000 children received books.