FoHVOS to host Virtually Together Gala on Sept. 26


Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) annual fundraising gala will be virtual in 2020.

The Virtually Together Gala, which begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, will give back to local restaurants hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. There will be two ways the gala gives back to local restaurants.

The first was catering.

“Great local catering is a hallmark of our annual galas and we didn’t want attendees to miss out just because they are online,” said Lisa Wolff, FoHVOS executive director. “So, we are referring gala attendees to pick up local fare the day of the gala. Participating restaurants have planned something special for FoHVOS gala attendees to reserve in advance. They can enjoy it during the gala or at the after-party.”

Participating “Dining Together” restaurants include:

In Hopewell, Antimo’s Italian Kitchen, Aunt Chubby’s Luncheonette, Blue
Bottle Café, Boro Bean, Brick Farm Market, Entrata and Peasant Grill.

In Pennington, Bonne Assiette, Emily’s Café and Pennington Bagel.

In Pennsylvania, Colonial Farms, according to a press release.

“We are so excited to once again be working with FoHVOS for this new normal version of the fall gala,” said Rory Philipson, owner of the Blue Bottle Café. “Eating local, conserving natural resources and preserving farmland is absolutely essential for restaurants like ours to continue.”

In addition, a donor purchased cards from the local restaurants for the
FoHVOS auction to avoid soliciting freebies as they’ve requested in previous

Attendees are asked to pre-order FOHVOS specials by Sept. 23.

For more information about the restaurants or reserving a free spot to the Virtually Together Gala, visit