Monday, April 6, 2015

Food For All 2015

This is one evening out where you don't have to feel guilty for sampling Fairfield County's newest restaurants, craft cocktail bars, and dessert cafe, because it is all to benefit Community Plates and their mission to help end hunger.


This signature event, Food For All, highlights Community Plates Fairfield County’s goals for the coming year, celebrates its accomplishments, and pays gratitude to the many volunteers and supporters who share in the desire to put an end to food insecurity in our community.

Food For All 2015 is Thursday, May 7 from 6 to 9pm at The Loading Dock at 375 Fairfield Ave. in Stamford. Tickets cost $75 per person or $60 per person for groups of 6 or more. You can be purchase tickets online at http://communityplates.org/ffa15ffld/.

This year, another fundraising element to be featured at Food for All is a photography exhibit where attendees have the opportunity to purchase works from some of the food industry’s most provocative food photographers. An eclectic array of photography which infuses various food elements and takes them into a more artistic direction will be on display for all to enjoy and purchase with 100% of the profits going to Community Plates.

“Community Plates has already picked up and delivered well over 5 million meals at a value of almost $9 million to food insecure people in Fairfield County. This means over 8 million pounds of food has been kept out of landfill and gone to where it’s needed most. Every bit of this food rescued has been completed by volunteers from all over our area, caught up in this food rescue revolution, powered by our GoRescue technology and our innovative hunger relief model. We’re focused on meeting the need of 110,000 people right here who struggle to know where their next meal is coming from, “ says Kevin Mullins, executive director and co-founder of Community Plates, “The Food for All 2015 fundraiser helps sustain and propel us toward our mission of bringing hunger to an end here in Fairfield County. Our current impact is twenty meals rescued and delivered for every one dollar donated! This type of impact would have been unheard of before and offers real hope for ending this senseless problem. Food for All is a lot of fun. The food and the energy in the room is amazing - and we do a lot of good in the process.”

As of April 1st, here is a list of all the featured restaurants and craft cocktail bars:
  • Abigail Kirsch
  • Aji 10 Latin Cuisine +Pisco Bar
  • Amore Cucina + Bar
  • Cafe Madrid + Tapas Bar
  • Dante's Restaurant + Bar
  • Fortina
  • Golden View Firenze
  • Greenwich Cheese Co.
  • Jax + Co.
  • K is for Cookies
  • LeRouge Chocolates
  • NEAT
  • Palmwich
  • Paloma
  • SOOSH
  • Strada 18
  • Table 104 Osteria + Bar
  • Vespa
Featured Craft Cocktail Bars
  • bartaco
  • The Fez
  • The Spread
  • Walrus + Carpenter
Event-goers will have the opportunity to learn more about Community Plates and their GoRescue application, the organization’s award-winning web and smartphone enabled interactive food rescue scheduling tool. GoRescue connects foodservice organizations that gather and donate food that would otherwise be wasted; to food runners, who give of their time to pick-up and deliver food donations; to the receiving agencies that ensure donated food gets to those in need throughout the community.

About Community Plates

Founded in 2011, Community Plates is a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other foodservice organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away, and delivers the food to soup-kitchens, food-pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families. Since launching in Fairfield County, Community Plates food runners have rescued over 5.3 million meals, saving over 8 million pounds of food from going into landfill. Community Plates currently operates in Columbus, OH; Albuquerque, NM; New Haven, CT; New Orleans, LA; and Fairfield County, CT with plans to open six to eight additional sites in 2015. For more information visit: http://communityplates.org/.

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