As my readers know, this blog is about food, and it is incredibly rare when I post something that isn’t about food. I also try to avoid the politics of food, because I want my blog to be about fun. Today’s entry certainly has some food-related aspects about it, but it’s not the primary purpose behind my post. But I assure you that today’s topic is all about fun. And doing the right thing.
I’m looking for items to be donated for a silent auction. I’m looking for experiences to be donated, too. Here’s the deal: As I’ve written before, I’m the Vice Chair of the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, and that has nothing to do with food. It has everything to do with young children getting help for mental health problems, and with the economy the way it is, more kids need the help and fewer families are able to pay for it.
Band Together is a Triangle-based nonprofit organization that has nothing to do with food, either. Each year, they choose a local charity and hold a huge, kick-ass concert, with the net proceeds going to the charity. Last year, the designated charity received $109,000. This year, the designated charity is the Lucy Daniels Center. The concert is on June 6 in downtown Raleigh, outside the Lincoln Theatre. This should be a very fun concert, featuring Rusted Root, the Rosebuds, Chatham County Line, and an indoor after-party with Hobex. General admission tickets are 20 bucks in advance and 25 at the door. It might cost you a few more bucks to get into the after-party with Hobex.
Still nothing about food, right? Well, let me fix that right now. VIP tickets to the show will cost you $125, but that added cost has some tangible benefits. For example, you’ll get all the beer and wine you want to drink (within reason, of course), and you’ll get to eat the great food provided by the chefs of the Urban Food Group restaurants. Yup, Coquette, Vivace, Frazier’s and Porter’swill be providing all that food. Oh, and you’ll get air conditioned bathrooms, some comfy seats, and elevated viewing area.
But wait, there’s more food information. There will be a silent auction at the event, and we will have a number of food-related auction items. How about Fullsteam Brewery making a beer just for you, customized to your personal tastes, and then delivering 5 gallons of it to you with a unique label and 10 t-shirts with that label? Or an in-home knife skills class by Chad Ward, the author of An Edge in the Kitchen? Or an in-restaurant cooking class with a well-known local chef? That’s just the beginning.
And I want more items for the silent auction!!! Please let me know if you would be interested in donating something to our auction. Gift certificates are welcome, but we’d really love experiences. I mean, there has to be a chef out there who would let someone work in their kitchen on a slow night? And if you’re not in the food business, we’re happy to accept other items and experiences (ever wanted to ride on the Zamboni at a Hurricanes’ game? You can if you’re the winning bidder).
So help me out. Buy tickets to the Band Together show. Or better yet, buy VIP tickets. And if your business is looking for a way to give back to the community, consider a sponsorship. Finally, of course, we’d love for you to donate items to the silent auction.
And they don’t have to be food-related, unlike this blog.
June 6, 2009
Downtown Raleigh at the Lincoln Theatre