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Glen Helen Preps for Whoo Cooks For You

Grinnell, a barred owl, photographed by Gariot P. Louima

YELLOW SPRINGS - June 25, 2010 - Celebrated chefs of the region will join farmers, artisans and stewards of the land on July 18 for WHOO COOKS FOR YOU? - a feast of home-grown food and Ohio wine and beer to benefit the Glen Helen Raptor Center, 1075 State Route 343 in Yellow Springs.

With a name borrowed from the classic call of the barred owl - whoo cooks for you! - this event explores the connection between the earth, the food on your plate, and supporting a healthy habitat for all, said Glen Helen Executive Director Nick Boutis. 

Guests will enjoy a special tour of the Raptor Center followed by a flavorful, home-style meal prepared by Anne Kearney of Rue Dumaine (Dayton), Carrie Walters of Dorothy Lane Market (Dayton), Doug McGregor of Seasons Bistro (Springfield), Elizabeth Wiley of Meadowlark (Dayton), and Mary Kay Smith and Kim Korkan of The Winds Café and Bakery (Yellow Springs).

"There's a simple message at the heart of this event - we are part of our environment," Boutis said. "When we take care of the Earth, whether it's by helping wildlife or supporting local foods, we ultimately help sustain ourselves."

Guests will be seated at one long table winding its way across the Raptor Center lawn and joined by area growers and farmers. Diners will take home a special favor for their table at home handmade by local potter Naysan Mcllhargey of Miami Valley Pottery as well as a native plant from Marvin's Organic Gardens.  Wood artisan Dennis Moore has created artistic and utilitarian chairs constructed of invasive honeysuckle harvested from the Glen, which will be available for sale. Purchase your ticket now to be part of this unique experience.

Tickets are $150 per person and seating is limited. A portion of your ticket price qualifies as a charitable donation. To R.S.V.P., call 937-769-1902 ext. 101 or visit

About Glen Helen

Glen Helen is the legacy of Hugh Taylor Birch, who, in 1929, donated the wooded glen to Antioch College in memory of his daughter, Helen. The Glen Helen Raptor Center rehabilitates hawks, owls, and eagles, and provides educational programs that introduce people to these magnificent birds of prey.


Jenny Montgomery, project manager, Glen Helen, 937-1902, ext. 101,

Gariot P. Louima, director of communications, Antioch College, 937-581-8201,