The event will be at the Settlers Inn in Hawley, which features a five-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction led by Sean Strub. This year’s dinner will include a silent auction celebrating the bounty of local businesses and products.

Live auction

The evening will begin with a wine tasting and silent auction at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. The live auction and raffle for a case of fine wines caps the celebration during dessert. Gala tickets are $125 per person, which includes a $75 charitable gift to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, a local land trust serving Pike and Wayne counties in PA and Sullivan and Delaware counties in NY.

The Conservancy’s Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala Committee includes conservancy board member and Dinner Chair Michael Geitz, Sponsor Chair Amy Litzenberger, Hospitality Chair Jeanne Genzlinger, New York Chair and Board Member Jeffrey Moore and Auction Chair Brenda Ruello. The dinner, Geitz said, provides "important support and generates enthusiasm for the work of the Conservancy throughout the year."

Gourmet food

Gourmet cuisine will be prepared by Settlers Inn Chef and conservancy board member Grant Genzlinger and his staff using locally grown ingredients. Menu highlights include Forks Farm chicken terrine and spring lamb with mint pea flan. Vegetarian options are also available.

The live and silent auctions will offer a one-week stay in a luxurious lodge in the Rocky Mountains, a weekend in New York with limousine service and behind-the-scenes tours, a day of sporting clays and a day of guided fly fishing. Visit in early April to view the full slate of auction items. If people are unable to attend the dinner, but would still like to bid on an auction item, they should email the conservancy at info@delawarehighlands.orgor call (570)-226-3164 or (845)-583-1010 to make arrangements.The conservancy would like to thank the generous gala sponsors: Bonnie and Albert Albinson, Greg Belcamino and Judith Welcom, Jane Cyphers and Joe Levine, Michael Elf and Frank Bonello, Ken and Amy Ferris, Michael and Elizabeth Geitz, The Fix-it Shop, Tom and Jean Hoff, Rebecca and Richard Lindsey, Amy and Bob Litzenberger, Greg and Patricia Lutfy, Jeffrey Moore and Robin Dodson, Clark and Peggy Pitcairn, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Michael and Eileen Normile, John and Donna Ross, Brenda and Sam Ruello, Maleyne Syracuse and Michael Trenner, Richard Snyder, Teresa Stack and Tom O'Keefe, Janine Vernon, Andrew and Jules Wilshinsky, Sigrid Wilshinsky and Barbara Yeaman.

Opportunities to support the Delaware Highlands Conservancy as a dinner sponsor are available. The Conservator level for $2,500 includes four guaranteed tickets to the dinner and a $500 credit for use in the live auction (a $2,300 charitable contribution to the conservancy). The Guardian level for $1,000 includes two guaranteed tickets to the dinner and a $250 credit for use in the live auction (a $900 charitable contribution to the conservancy). The Steward level for $500 includes two guaranteed tickets to the dinner (a $400 charitable contribution to the conservancy).

To reserve a seat or sponsor the 6th annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala contact the conservancy at or (570) 226-3164 or (845) 583-1010.