For the Love of Binford dinner slated for Feb. 9-10

T-R FILE PHOTO The third annual For the Love of Binford fundraiser dinner will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, beginning at 5:30 p.m. each night at the historic Binford House. A catered meal will be served and piano accompaniment will be provided. Door prizes will be handed out. RSVP is required by Feb. 5.

People looking for an intimate, quiet dinner setting to celebrate Valentine’s Day can look no further than the third annual For the Love of Binford dinner, with seatings on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, beginning at 5:30 p.m. each night.

The meal will be served in the downstairs dining area of the historic Binford House, a Victorian mansion built in 1874, located at 110 N. 2nd Ave.

The home’s caterer Leona McDonough plans a new menu each year. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with wrapped smoked salmon crafted to look like roses, and edible bouquets served as appetizers. Dinner will follow at 6 p.m., and consist of: beef tenderloin and bearnaise sauce, chicken served in a tomato cream sauce, garlic parmesan Duchess potatoes with sweet peppers, and a salad made with an orange and maple vinaigrette.

Dessert will follow, and consist of tiramisu and creamed filled strawberries. While alcoholic beverages will not be served, guests may bring their own bottles of wine, which the servers will then pour. Sparking juice will be provided.

“It’s a warm, inviting Victorian home, and it’s a more quiet atmosphere to share with your special friend,” said Binford House board member Joann Neven. “People are invited to come single, as a couple, or in groups. We often have friends that request to sit together, in groups of 4, 6 and 8.”

Arlene Selby will provide piano accompaniment while the meal is being enjoyed. All attendees will be entered to win door prizes provided by Hellberg’s Jewelers and Art & Frame on Main.

Seating is limited to 50 people (per night) and reservations are required by Feb. 5 by calling 641-753-5450 or emailing: The meal costs $35 per person, with checks made out to the Binford House, P.O. Box. 273 in Marshalltown. Guests may also pay at the door. Please specify seating for groups who wish to all sit together.

The building has a ramp for easy entrance. Parking is available at the next door Cartwright Pavilion Farmers Market lot, and on the side streets.

The Binford House is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is owned and operated by the Marshalltown Federation of Women’s Clubs board, who is hosting the meal as a way to raise funds to repair the Binford House’s roof.


Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or