Sweet Hart Pioneer Dinner

Saturday, February 18th, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hart Square, Sigmon Family Education Center
5055 Hope Road, Vale, NC

Doors open to all ticket holders at 5:00 p.m. Select your dinner time below. If your desired time is sold out, please select another. While you will be seated at your selected time, guests will enjoy various activities in the great hall before and after dinner service.

Private Table

$200 per couple at a private 2 top table*

Shared Tables

$75 per person at a shared 8 person table*

Join us for a one-of-a-kind dinner experience! Using a traditional 1800s cookbook, Chef Ben Sullivan will craft a multi–course dinner that embraces our ancestral roots while adding a modern twist.

This event will showcase traditional artisans, and you will learn more about two of our priority historic preservation projects, the Barger Weaving House, circa 1859, and the Punch-Seitz House, circa 1840. Fiber artisans will demonstrate everything from creating natural dyes for yarns to spinning, weaving, and quilting to bobbin-lace making in the great hall during the event. These dedicated volunteers are committed to preserving traditional arts and crafts for future generations.

Embrace your pioneering spirit on February 18th with an amazing dinner inspired by 19th-century recipes. Witness traditional artisans and craftspeople at work, and explore a silent auction filled with beautiful handmade items crafted by our artisans. The purchase of these items will support the preservation and restoration of the Barger Weaving House and Punch-Seitz House.  

A welcome drink will be provided to you upon arrival, and a cash bar will be available throughout the event.

The menu for this event is set in advance, we are unable to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Chef, Benjamin Sullivan 

Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales University, Ben has over 20 years experience in the restaurant industry. He has worked extensively throughout the Southeast including owning his own award winning restaurant, Vintage 301.Ben currently resides in Hickory where he spends time with his wife and animals. Ben is an active member in his community working with the Hickory Farmers Market, the Greater Hickory Christian Cooperative Ministries, and his own community kitchen, The Underground Table, to strengthen his community and the local food chain.

Refund Policy:

Tickets sold may be refunded prior to 10 business days from the ticketed event.

Exchanges of equal value may be made prior to five business days from the ticketed event. However, ticket availability for alternate dates is not guaranteed and is subject to a first-­come, first-­served basis.

Refunds cannot be approved after the 10 business day period.