Garden party

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Despite freezing temperatures, throngs of supporters attended Cafe Bella's Garden Giving Gala on Saturday. The day-long event featured delicious food, local bands and a silent art auction, all to raise funds for construction of The Giving Garden.

Known for making spectacular cuisine from the freshest ingredients, Bella owner Vincent Withers decided to give back to the community by starting his own greenhouse. Growing various herbs and vegetables in large coolers, he will give most of the produce to the SDA CHOICE food pantry.

Withers also plans to hold classes to instruct families how to start their own gardens, as well as teach them how to prepare healthy meals and make smart food choices. The new greenhouse is expected to feed 80 to 90 needy families per growing season.