The Pepperfield Project will host a fine-dining evening of rare foods from around the nation Saturday, Nov. 16.

Based upon Gary Nabhan's book, "Renewing America's Food Traditions - Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods," rare varieties from every region of the country were grown this summer in Pepperfield's gardens and will be the basis of chef Lee Chapman's unique recipes.

Varieties in the meal include Chapalote corn, the oldest corn in North America, arriving in the Southwest 4,100 years ago, and the old field corn, Yellow Hickory King. Southern queen yam, Ozette Potato from the Makah people of Neah Bay, Wash., California Mission Olives and Sibley winter squash from Iowa also are among the many items to be featured in the dinner.

The main course will be the rare breed Narragansett Turkey of Rhode Island, raised among the poultry this summer at the Seed Saver's Exchange Heritage Farm.

Pepperfield is a nonprofit devoted to food and food gardening education. Funds raised from the RAFT dinner will help support the production of dozens of varieties of seed provided for local school gardens and the thousands of transplants used in Pepperfield's Edible Landscapes at Winnishiek Medical Center and the Spectrum Network. Held at Pepperfield Farm, 1575 Manawa Trail, Decorah, the event begins at 6 p.m. For further details and to make reservations, call 563-382-8833 or e-mail