Good Causes, Good Food, Good Wine

April 14, 2009

Two worthy organizations are having food-related fund-raisers in the coming days, and I hope you might support them while enjoying some good stuff to eat and drink.

Hidden Voices is a non-profit organization that explores who we are as a society through the voice — whether through stories or oral histories or individual performances.  Over the years, Hidden Voices has explored life in prison, the paths of Latino immigrants, and the pain of domestic violence, among others.  This Friday, Hidden Voices is hosting A Taste of Home, a fundraiser to tell the story of the meal from different perspective — from the homeless person’s park bench to the dining room in a child’s foster  home, or the cafeteria tray in a shelter.  The appetizers and desserts will be provided by 30 or so local chefs, including Karen Barker, Amy Tornquist, Drew Brown, and Mel Melton.  Tickets are $50 for an individual or $75 for two.  Students can get in for $25 each by contacting me for details.

SAFEchild is a Raleigh-based charity focusing on the prevention of child abuse.  Since its founding in 1992, SAFEchild has worked with more than 7,500 parents and has reached some 70,000 children.   On Wednesday, April 22, SAFEchild and the Fresh Market will be hosting their Fine Wine Gala, where over 50 wines from over the world will be paired with prime rib, shrimp, and other  hors d’oeuvres, along with cheeses and desserts.  The event will be held from 7-9 and tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple.

We all need to eat, and instead of spending 40 or 50 bucks to hit your favorite restaurant, why don’t you go to one of these events instead?  Charities are really hurting right now, at a time when the services they provide are more important than ever.  So please think of attending one or both of these worthy events.


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