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Dinner in the Valley is a unique dining experience that will give you a personal connection to the food you eat, the chef who prepares it, your fellow diners, and your national park. Gather around a shared table and savor a meal crafted from the best local ingredients of the season, hand-selected by Chef Larkin Rogers.



Chinese New Year

Thursday, January 26 | Happy Days Lodge | 6:00 p.m.

Usher in the Year of the Rooster with a Chinese meal prepared by Chef Larkin Rogers. According to tradition, certain foods should be eaten for their symbolic meaning at the New Year, so join us for a feast including lucky dumplings, longevity noodles, and good fortune fruits. Reservations > 


Dinner & a Movie: Chef

Tuesday, February 14 | Happy Days Lodge | 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a dinner theater-style showing of the 2014 movie Chef! Sip rum horchata and enjoy a meal that echoes the food prepared in the movie, with a special spin by Chef Larkin Rogers. Mojo marinated roast pork will be at the centerpiece of this Cuban-themed dinner. Reservations > 


Knife Skills Demo & Knife Sharpening

Wednesday, March 22 | Stanford House | 6:00 p.m.

Learn the difference between a batonnet, a julienne, and a brunoise as Chef Larkin demonstrates classic culinary knife cuts. Bring in your own knife to be sharpened by our friends at Noon Sharpening, as Chef Larkin prepares a meal showcasing the demonstrated techniques. Reservations > 


Edible Wild Food Feast

Thursday, April 27 | Happy Days Lodge | 5:30 p.m. hike | 6:00 p.m. dinner

Explore the flavors of the forests of the Northeastern US as Chef Larkin prepares a springtime meal replete with ramps, fiddleheads, local mushrooms, and more. Join us for an optional all-ages hike on the Haskell Run trail, and then enjoy seasonal beer with dinner back at the Lodge. Reservations > 


Contra Dance & Springtime Supper

Thursday, May 25 | Boston Township Hall | 6:00 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the art of contra dancing as we welcome spring in the Cuyahoga Valley. A supper buffet will include seasonal flavors like salmon, asparagus, and rhubarb. Reservations > 

What's on the menu?

Chef Larkin creates your menu based on the best and freshest seasonal foods available at the farmers' market, our kitchen garden, and from other local sources. Since we're not always 100% sure what she'll find, we don't release a menu until 2-4 weeks before dinner is served. Think of it this way: It will be a delicious surprise!

What do Dinner in the Valley fans have to say?

“Dinner in the Valley is one opportunity each month to sit down together as a family. We’re exposing our kids to local foods, the national park, and different themes and cultures. Plus, Chef Larkin’s cooking has taught me new uses for different grilling ingredients and shown me new foods that I never would have considered eating.” — Marla Rzeszotarski 

Who is Chef Larkin?

We thought you'd never ask. Meet Larkin > 

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