Lily s Bistro owner Emily Mendenhall (far right) and bar manager Amber Brady at Lily s Bistro s Garden Party in September. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

Learn how to preserve your hard garden work at Lily’s Bistro event to support new co-op grocery

As the Gem City Market inches closer to its goal of opening in 2019, local businesses and organizations have continued to add their contributions to the effort.

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Lily’s Bistro is partnering with Gem City Market to host a garden party to help the development of what will be a community-owned, full-service grocery store and deli in the 400 block of Salem Avenue. Gem City Market will be a co-op grocer that aims to address the food desert plaguing the area. 

Lily’s Garden Party: A Summer Preservation Class will be a fun evening of getting creative with pickling produce, featured cocktails utilizing Lily’s own shrubs and a special menu. The event will take place from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. 

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“We love doing this annual interactive event with our customers,” said Emily Mendenhall, owner of Lily’s Bistro. “From the bar and kitchen, we’ll be walking you through how to do your own shrubs and pickling of all sorts of produce! It’s a great chance to get creative and preserve some wonderful flavors for the colder months, and it’s all vegetarian and vegan friendly too!”

The event costs $29 and includes all of the jars and produce needed, samples of shrubs, the class, and all guests will take home a jar of their own pickle and shrub. Lily’s will be donating $10 from every ticket sold toward the development of the market. 

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WHAT: Lily’s Garden Party

WHEN: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 

WHERE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St.

INFO: Facebook