SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE PRESENTS ANNUAL GENEROUS HELPINGS EVENT
Event Tickets Now on Sale to Benefit Second Harvest
Nashville, TN (April 6, 2016) – Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee announces the return of Generous Helpings on Thursday, May 12, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at City Winery in downtown Nashville. Presented by Kroger, Second Harvest’s annual food and beverage tasting event will feature 25 of Nashville’s best restaurants showcasing tasting-sized portions of signature appetizers, entrees and desserts, while local beverage distributers will provide fine wines and craft beers.
Proceeds from Generous Helpings as well as the Patron’s Party will benefit Middle Tennessee’s Table, Second Harvest’s grocery rescue program. Middle Tennessee’s Table is designed to reduce hunger in our community by rescuing, sorting and distributing frozen meat, dairy, produce and dry groceries from nearly 200 grocery stores and food donors. Last year, Second Harvest distributed more than 29 million pounds of food including 10 million pounds of groceries rescued through this program.
As of April 1, 2016, the following restaurants are confirmed as 2016 Generous Helpings participants: Amerigo Italian Restaurant, Butcher & Bee, Caffe Nonna, Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Christie Cookie, City House, City Winery, Family Wash, Funk Seoul Brother, Goo Goo Cluster, Grilled Cheeserie, Kickin’ Coffee and Tea, Murray’s Cheese Shop exclusively at Kroger, Martin’s BBQ Joint, McConnell Hospitality Group (55 South/Cork & Cow/Red Pony Restaurant and Red Pony Catering), Porter Road Butcher, Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Salt & Vine, The Farm House, and The Southern Steak and Oyster.
“Nashville is lucky to have so many talented chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs who give back to our community,” said Jaynee Day, President & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. “We are honored to work alongside so many individuals and businesses to raise awareness of hunger issues in Tennessee and look forward to a fun-filled evening with our friends, supporters and the community.”
New in 2016, the Generous Helpings event will expand beyond City Winery’s Concert Hall with additional booths set up in the venue’s upstairs lounge, providing additional space for guests to mingle while enjoying tastings. Additionally, the event will feature a uniquely local silent auction with eight packages from various Nashville neighborhoods: 8th Avenue/Melrose, 12th South, East Nashville, Sylvan Park, Germantown, Hillsboro Village, Downtown and Green Hills. All silent auction proceeds will also support Second Harvest’s grocery rescue efforts.
Back by popular demand, the Generous Helpings Patron’s Party will be an intimate culinary experience on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Sinema. Second Harvest has partnered with Kyle Patterson of Sinema to present a delectable multi-course dinner with wine pairings. Each course will be prepared by some of Nashville’s most acclaimed chefs including Kyle Patterson of Sinema, Daniel Herget of Little Octopus, Andy Little of Josephine, Matt Bolus of 404 Kitchen, Deb Paquette of Etch/ETC and Paige Yodanis of Olive & Sinclair. Second Harvest’s own Culinary Arts Center chef Mark Rubin and B.J. Lofback of Funk Seoul Brother will be preparing passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour in Sinema’s upstairs lounge.
Generous Helpings tickets will be $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Patron’s Party tickets are $250, and also include a ticket to the Generous Helpings event on May 12. Tickets are now available online at secondharvestmidtn.org/generoushelpings, or by calling Chelsey Wells, Events Manager at (615) 627-1565.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit secondharvestmidtn.org.