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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.


Dinner of the Western Reserve
Wednesday, October 19 | Hale Farm & Village Gate House | 6:00 p.m.

In the early 1800s, American cuisine started to show its own character separate from our British roots. Chef Larkin is recreating a menu from 1820 that will feature classic, delicious recipes from early American cookbooks. Reservations > 


Sweet & Savory Pies
Monday, November 7 | Lipscomb Dining Hall | 6:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Chef Larkin will demonstrate a pâte brisée and a sour cream crust, show you a few different pie pans and their uses, and share the merits of putting vodka in your pastries or your glass. Afterward, enjoy a delicious seasonal pie spread for dinner. Reservations > 


Dinner & a Concert, featuring The Revelers
Friday, November 18 | Happy Days Lodge | 6:00 p.m.

Prepare yourself for a Cajun feast! We’ll surprise you with a spread of delicious Louisiana fare, crafted from the farm fresh goodness Chef Larkin finds at the farmers’ market come November. Dinner-only option available. Reservations > 


A Holiday Cocktail Soirée & Cherish the Ladies
Wednesday, December 14 | Happy Days Lodge | 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres while Chef Larkin shows you how to make trucs, lagniappes, and festive cocktails for your own shindig. Our parting gifts to you: a book of recipes and tips from our kitchen to yours, and priority seating at the Cherish the Ladies concert. Reservations > 


Festival of Lights
Thursday, December 15 or Friday, December 16 | Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center | multiple seatings

Celebrate the winter solstice by learning why many cultures observe days of celebration during the month of December. Enjoy a delicious meal in our cozy dining halls, take a magical stroll through candlelit woods, and sample holiday traditions of cultures near and far. 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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