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Kosberoemdes in New York, van die redakteur van die tydskrif Food & Wine Dana Cowin tot die televisiepersoonlikheid Anthony Bourdain, het gehelp om meer as $ 200 000 by te bring om honger kinders te voed tydens die New York City Taste of the Nation -geleentheid, wat Maandag gehou is ten bate van die niewinsorganisasie Share Our Strength .

Ongeveer 1 000 mense het die geldinsameling bygewoon by 82 Mercer in Manhattan om die kos en drank van meer as 50 restaurante en skemerkelkies te proe. Geregte het gestoomde eiervla van chawan-mushi van Brushstroke ingesluit; tuisgemaakte ricotta met suiker-ertjies, fava-boontjies, Engelse ertjies en denneporrels van Il Buco; en kreef Thermidor op courgette tuiles van The Water Club.

'Ons maak elke dag kos vir mense met baie geld, terwyl die meerderheid mense nie toegang tot basiese behoeftes het nie,' sê Seamus Mullen, sjef-eienaar van Tertulia in Manhattan. 'Om 'n bietjie van my tyd te skenk, is die minste wat ek kan doen.

Mullen bedien jamón Ibérico met gemarineerde aspersies en gerookte eier aïoli.

'Mense ondersteun ons, daarom moet ons mense ondersteun wat minder gelukkig is as ons,' sê Justin Warner, sjef-eienaar van die restaurant Do or Dine in Brooklyn, terwyl hy foie gras-donuts met aarbei-komynkonfyt bedien. 'Dit is 'n luukse belasting wat ek meer as bly is om te betaal,' het hy bygevoeg.

Voedselpersoonlikhede wat boekondertekeninge tydens die geleentheid onderneem het, sluit in die kookboekskrywer Melissa Clark, die sjefs April Bloomfield en Aaron Sanchez en die broumeester Garrett Oliver van Brooklyn -brouery.

"Ons bedank opreg ons talentvolle sjefs, ere -voorsitters, nasionale en plaaslike borge en ons vrywillige komitee sonder wie se toewyding, vrygewigheid en passie die geleentheid nie sou moontlik gewees het nie," het Emily Huebner, senior bestuurder van die kulinêre geleenthede in die Noordoos -streek vir Share Our gesê Sterkte. "Met hul volgehoue ​​ondersteuning is ons seker dat ons die doel van Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign kan bereik: om te verseker dat alle kinders toegang het tot die gesonde kos wat hulle nodig het om te leef, te leer en te speel."

VERWANTE:
• Restaurante beplan promosies vir Dine Out For No Kid Hungry
• Dine Out For No Kid Hungry werf $ 2,4 miljoen op na 2012
• Ted's Montana Grill beoog om vanjaar $ 150 000 vir Dine Out For No Kid Hungry in te samel

Sy het bygevoeg: 'Ons sien daarna uit om nog jare lank suksesvolle Taste of the Nation -geleenthede regoor die land aan te bied.

Die Taste of the Nation -geleentheid het ook 'n veiling ingesluit, en 'n aanbod is nog steeds oop vir sommige van die items aanlyn op Share Our Strength's Charitybuzz -webwerf.

Kontak Bret Thorn by [email protected]
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Reënval van Taste of the Nation-geldinsameling is duur vir Maine-programme teen honger

Meer as 100 kaartjies is verkoop en meer as 40 kookartikels word vandeesweek opgeveil, maar die kansellasie van die geleentheid kos die nodige finansiering.

Maine-hongersnoodprogramme wat staatmaak op finansiering deur die Taste of the Nation-kulinêre fondsinsameling, sal vanjaar nie soveel kry as wat hulle normaalweg doen nie, nadat stortreën en huilende winde die buitelugbyeenkoms Sondag uitgespoel het.

Maar die organiseerders het Maandag gesê dat die kansellasie nie 'n totale finansiële verlies vir die plaaslike niewinsorganisasies tot gevolg sal hê nie.

Baie van die items wat deur sjefs en voedselondernemings geskenk is om Sondag onder 'n tent in Fort Williams Park in Kaap Elizabeth opgeveil te word, word eerder hierdie week aanlyn tot Vrydag opgeveil. Die geleentheid verhoog gewoonlik tussen $ 150,000 en $ 200,000 vir die nasionale hongerprogram Share Our Strength en vir vier plaaslike hongersnoodprogramme.

Kaartjieverkope was verlede week laag, toe die storm voorspel is. Selfs as 'n aanlynveiling en kaartjieverkope vooraf die helfte uitmaak van wat die geleentheid normaalweg oplewer, kan die betrokke groepe 'n aansienlike afname in die nodige finansiering sien.

By die Preble Street Teen Center in Portland het die byeenkoms gewoonlik $ 11,000 tot $ 19,000 vir etes ingesamel, sê Elena Schmidt, hoofontwikkelingsbeampte van Preble Street. Die totale begroting vir die sopkombuis vir tienersentrums is ongeveer $ 97 000, het sy gesê.

By Good Shepherd Food-Bank, 'n Auburn-gebaseerde groep wat voedsel versamel en in koshuise regoor die staat versprei, het die geleentheid gewoonlik $ 20,000 tot $ 30,000 vir die voedings- en kookopvoedingsprogram vir kooksake vir gesinne met 'n lae inkomste gelewer. Clara Whitney, kommunikasiebestuurder van die voedselbank. Die program se begroting is $ 140,000.

Ons hoop dat ons hierdie jaar nog steeds fondse kan insamel deur middel van die veiling en ander geleenthede. Ons weet dat ons nog steeds geld sal kry, slegs 'n kleiner bedrag hierdie jaar, het Whitney gesê. Maar ons nie -winsgewende organisasies is gewoond daaraan. Ons weet dat ons gereeld moet uitgaan en ander maniere moet vind om die geld in te samel. ”

Die ander plaaslike groepe wat vanjaar baat by die Taste of the Nation -byeenkoms in Maine, is Cultivating Community, waarvan die programme boereopleiding en tuinonderrig insluit, en The Opportunity Alliance, 'n familievoorspraakgroep.

Maandag is meer as 40 items gelys as deel van die Taste of the Nation Maine -aanlynveiling. Die een was 'n viergangmaaltyd vir 12, met wynbyeenkomste, in die huis van die bieër van Rosemont Market Bakery, ter waarde van $ 3,000. 'N Ander een was 'n sesgang-proe-ete vir 10 mense by Zapoteca in Portland, ter waarde van $ 1,500. Die veiling is aanlyn by 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Boonop is ongeveer 175 Taste of the Nation -kaartjies, met 'n prys van $ 100 tot $ 150, vooraf verkoop, sê Emily Ryan, wat die fondsinsamelings van Taste of the Nation in New England koördineer vir Share Our Strength. Ryan het gesê dat ongeveer 400 mense by die geleentheid verwag word, maar die kaartjieverkope vooraf is vertraag omdat die weervoorspellers baie dae vantevore die storm voorspel het.

Ryan het gesê Share Our Strength kan probeer om ander geleenthede hierdie jaar in Maine aan te bied om die geld wat aan sy plaaslike vennote sou gaan, te vergoed. Sy het ook gesê die organiseerders, wat die nasionale groep en plaaslike vrywilligers insluit, kan dit oorweeg om volgende jaar 'n binnenshuise smaak van die nasie te hê, of 'n binnenshuise rugsteunplan op te stel.

‘ BESLIS 'N TREFFER VIR ONS ’

Dit was beslis 'n treffer vir ons. Die regstreekse veiling (by die geleentheid) is gewoonlik baie robuust, en dit sal moeilik wees om die geld op te maak, het Ryan gesê, wat in Boston gevestig is. Ons sal steeds toelaes gee (aan plaaslike groepe), maar minder. Ons sal probeer om ander fondsinsamelings uit te vind wat ons kan doen om die geld in te haal. Ons het nog nie hergroepeer nie, maar ons sal dit regkry. ”

Share Our Strength, gevestig in Washington, DC, organiseer Taste of the Nation -geleenthede regoor die land om geld in te samel vir hul hongerprogramme, insluitend opvoeding en om kinders te help om beter toegang tot skool- en ander kosprogramme te kry. Die groep organiseer al nege jaar lank 'n geleentheid in Greater Portland, het Ryan gesê.

Gedurende daardie tyd kon sy en die plaaslike organiseerders nie onthou dat nog een gekanselleer is nie. Hulle het gesê dat dit 'n paar jaar gelede baie hard gereën het tydens 'n byeenkoms in Freeport, maar sonder die sterk wind wat Sondag gewaai het. Die gebeurtenis het voortgegaan en die reën het uiteindelik opgehou.

As gevolg van die kansellasie het sjefs wat kos na die geleentheid gebring het, verliese gely. Maar diegene wat Maandag gekontak is, het gesê dat hulle nie omgee nie en opgemerk dat niemand die weer kan beheer nie, en hulle is bly dat hul veilingsitems steeds gebruik sal word.

Zapoteca in Portland het 400 oesters vir die geleentheid voorberei, en baie van hulle het Sondagaand by die restaurant weggegee, het mede-eienaar Tom Bard gesê. Walter's in Portland het bestanddele voorberei vir 'n gebakte groen tamatiegereg, wat sjef en eienaar Jeff Buerhaus gesê het dat hy hierdie week in sy restaurant sal gebruik.

Dit is alles vir 'n goeie doel, het Buerhaus gesê. Ek is bly om deel daarvan te wees. ”


Reënval van Taste of the Nation-geldinsameling is duur vir Maine-programme teen honger

Meer as 100 kaartjies is verkoop en meer as 40 kookartikels word hierdie week opgeveil, maar die kansellasie van die geleentheid kos die nodige finansiering.

Maine-hongersnoodprogramme wat staatmaak op finansiering deur die Taste of the Nation-kulinêre fondsinsameling, sal vanjaar nie soveel kry as wat hulle normaalweg doen nie, nadat stortreën en huilende winde die buitelugbyeenkoms Sondag uitgespoel het.

Maar die organiseerders het Maandag gesê dat die kansellasie nie 'n totale finansiële verlies vir die plaaslike niewinsorganisasies tot gevolg sal hê nie.

Baie van die items wat deur sjefs en voedselondernemings geskenk is om Sondag onder 'n tent in Fort Williams Park in Kaap Elizabeth opgeveil te word, word eerder hierdie week aanlyn tot Vrydag opgeveil. Die geleentheid verhoog gewoonlik tussen $ 150,000 en $ 200,000 vir die nasionale hongerprogram Share Our Strength en vir vier plaaslike hongervoorkomingsprogramme.

Kaartjieverkope was verlede week laag, toe die storm voorspel is. Selfs as 'n aanlynveiling en kaartjieverkope vooraf die helfte uitmaak van wat die geleentheid normaalweg oplewer, kan die betrokke groepe 'n aansienlike afname in die nodige finansiering sien.

By die Preble Street Teen Center in Portland het die byeenkoms gewoonlik $ 11,000 tot $ 19,000 vir etes ingesamel, sê Elena Schmidt, hoofontwikkelingsbeampte van Preble Street. Die totale begroting vir die sopkombuis vir tienersentrums is ongeveer $ 97 000, het sy gesê.

By die Good Shepherd Food-Bank, 'n Auburn-gebaseerde groep wat voedsel versamel en versprei aan koshuise regoor die staat, het die geleentheid gewoonlik $ 20,000 tot $ 30,000 vir die kook- en voedingsopvoedingsprogram vir gesinne met 'n lae inkomste voorsien. Clara Whitney, kommunikasiebestuurder van die voedselbank. Die program se begroting is $ 140,000.

Ons hoop dat ons hierdie jaar nog steeds fondse kan insamel deur middel van die veiling en ander geleenthede. Ons weet dat ons nog steeds geld sal kry, slegs 'n kleiner bedrag hierdie jaar, het Whitney gesê. Maar ons nie -winsgewende organisasies is gewoond daaraan. Ons weet dat ons gereeld moet uitgaan en ander maniere moet vind om die geld in te samel. ”

Die ander plaaslike groepe wat vanjaar baat by die Taste of the Nation -byeenkoms in Maine, is Cultivating Community, waarvan die programme boereopleiding en tuinonderrig insluit, en The Opportunity Alliance, 'n familievoorspraakgroep.

Maandag is meer as 40 items gelys as deel van die Taste of the Nation Maine -aanlynveiling. Die een was 'n viergangmaaltyd vir 12, met wynbyeenkomste, in die huis van die bieër van Rosemont Market Bakery, ter waarde van $ 3,000. 'N Ander een was 'n sesgang-proe-ete vir 10 mense by Zapoteca in Portland, ter waarde van $ 1,500. Die veiling is aanlyn by 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Boonop is ongeveer 175 Taste of the Nation -kaartjies, met 'n prys van $ 100 tot $ 150, vooraf verkoop, sê Emily Ryan, wat die fondsinsamelings van Taste of the Nation in New England koördineer vir Share Our Strength. Ryan het gesê dat ongeveer 400 mense by die geleentheid verwag word, maar kaartjieverkope vooraf is vertraag omdat die weervoorspellers baie dae vantevore die storm voorspel het.

Ryan het gesê Share Our Strength kan probeer om ander geleenthede hierdie jaar in Maine aan te bied om die geld wat aan sy plaaslike vennote sou gaan, te vergoed. Sy het ook gesê die organiseerders, wat die nasionale groep en plaaslike vrywilligers insluit, kan dit oorweeg om volgende jaar 'n binnenshuise smaak van die nasie te hê, of 'n binnenshuise rugsteunplan op te stel.

‘ BESLIS 'N TREFFER VIR ONS ’

Dit was beslis 'n treffer vir ons. Die regstreekse veiling (by die geleentheid) is gewoonlik baie robuust, en dit sal moeilik wees om die geld op te maak, het Ryan gesê, wat in Boston gevestig is. Ons sal steeds toelaes gee (aan plaaslike groepe), maar minder. Ons sal probeer om ander fondsinsamelings uit te vind wat ons kan doen om die geld in te haal. Ons het nog nie hergroepeer nie, maar ons sal dit regkry. ”

Share Our Strength, gevestig in Washington, DC, organiseer Taste of the Nation -geleenthede regoor die land om geld in te samel vir hul hongerprogramme, insluitend opvoeding en om kinders te help om beter toegang tot skool- en ander kosprogramme te kry. Die groep organiseer al nege jaar lank 'n geleentheid in Greater Portland, het Ryan gesê.

Gedurende daardie tyd kon sy en die plaaslike organiseerders nie onthou dat nog een gekanselleer is nie. Hulle het gesê dat dit 'n paar jaar gelede baie hard gereën het tydens 'n byeenkoms in Freeport, maar sonder die sterk wind wat Sondag gewaai het. Die gebeurtenis het voortgegaan en die reën het uiteindelik opgehou.

As gevolg van die kansellasie het sjefs wat kos na die geleentheid gebring het, 'n paar verliese gely. Maar diegene wat Maandag gekontak is, het gesê dat hulle nie omgee nie en opgemerk dat niemand die weer kan beheer nie, en hulle is bly dat hul veilingsitems steeds gebruik sal word.

Zapoteca in Portland het 400 oesters vir die geleentheid voorberei, en baie van hulle het Sondagaand by die restaurant weggegee, sê mede-eienaar Tom Bard. Walter's in Portland het bestanddele voorberei vir 'n gebakte groen tamatiegereg, wat sjef en eienaar Jeff Buerhaus gesê het dat hy hierdie week in sy restaurant sal gebruik.

Dit is alles vir 'n goeie doel, het Buerhaus gesê. Ek is bly om deel daarvan te wees. ”


Reënval van Taste of the Nation-geldinsameling is duur vir Maine-programme teen honger

Meer as 100 kaartjies is verkoop en meer as 40 kookartikels word vandeesweek opgeveil, maar die kansellasie van die geleentheid kos die nodige finansiering.

Maine-hongersnoodprogramme wat staatmaak op finansiering deur die Taste of the Nation-kulinêre fondsinsameling, sal vanjaar nie soveel kry as wat hulle normaalweg doen nie, nadat stortreën en huilende winde die buitelugbyeenkoms Sondag uitgespoel het.

Maar die organiseerders het Maandag gesê dat die kansellasie nie 'n totale finansiële verlies vir die plaaslike niewinsorganisasies tot gevolg sal hê nie.

Baie van die items wat deur sjefs en voedselondernemings geskenk is om Sondag onder 'n tent in Fort Williams Park in Kaap Elizabeth opgeveil te word, word in plaas van hierdie week aanlyn tot Vrydag opgeveil. Die geleentheid verhoog gewoonlik tussen $ 150,000 en $ 200,000 vir die nasionale hongerprogram Share Our Strength en vir vier plaaslike hongersnoodprogramme.

Kaartjieverkope was verlede week laag, toe die storm voorspel is. Selfs as 'n aanlynveiling en kaartjieverkope vooraf die helfte uitmaak van wat die geleentheid normaalweg oplewer, kan die betrokke groepe 'n aansienlike afname in die nodige finansiering sien.

By die Preble Street Teen Center in Portland het die byeenkoms gewoonlik $ 11,000 tot $ 19,000 vir etes ingesamel, sê Elena Schmidt, hoofontwikkelingsbeampte van Preble Street. Die totale begroting vir die sopkombuis vir tienersentrums is ongeveer $ 97 000, het sy gesê.

By Good Shepherd Food-Bank, 'n Auburn-gebaseerde groep wat voedsel versamel en in koshuise regoor die staat versprei, het die geleentheid gewoonlik $ 20,000 tot $ 30,000 vir die voedings- en kookopvoedingsprogram vir kooksake vir gesinne met 'n lae inkomste gelewer. Clara Whitney, kommunikasiebestuurder van die voedselbank. Die program se begroting is $ 140,000.

Ons hoop dat ons hierdie jaar nog steeds fondse kan insamel deur middel van die veiling en ander geleenthede. Ons weet dat ons nog steeds geld sal kry, slegs 'n kleiner bedrag hierdie jaar, het Whitney gesê. Maar ons nie -winsgewende organisasies is gewoond daaraan. Ons weet dat ons gereeld moet uitgaan en ander maniere moet vind om die geld in te samel. ”

Die ander plaaslike groepe wat vanjaar baat by die Taste of the Nation -byeenkoms in Maine, is Cultivating Community, waarvan die programme boereopleiding en tuinonderrig insluit, en The Opportunity Alliance, 'n familievoorspraakgroep.

Maandag is meer as 40 items gelys as deel van die Taste of the Nation Maine -aanlynveiling. Die een was 'n viergangmaaltyd vir 12, met wynbyeenkomste, wat by die bieër se huis van Rosemont Market Bakery aangebied word, ter waarde van $ 3,000. 'N Ander een was 'n sesgang-proe-ete vir 10 mense by Zapoteca in Portland, ter waarde van $ 1,500. Die veiling is aanlyn by 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Boonop is ongeveer 175 Taste of the Nation -kaartjies, met 'n prys van $ 100 tot $ 150, vooraf verkoop, sê Emily Ryan, wat die fondsinsamelings van Taste of the Nation in New England koördineer vir Share Our Strength. Ryan het gesê dat ongeveer 400 mense by die geleentheid verwag word, maar kaartjieverkope vooraf is vertraag omdat die weervoorspellers baie dae vantevore die storm voorspel het.

Ryan het gesê Share Our Strength kan probeer om ander geleenthede hierdie jaar in Maine aan te bied om die geld wat aan sy plaaslike vennote sou gaan, te vergoed. Sy het ook gesê die organiseerders, wat die nasionale groep en plaaslike vrywilligers insluit, kan dit oorweeg om volgende jaar 'n binnenshuise smaak van die nasie te hê, of 'n binnenshuise rugsteunplan op te stel.

‘ BESLIS 'N TREFFER VIR ONS ’

Dit was beslis 'n treffer vir ons. Die regstreekse veiling (by die geleentheid) is gewoonlik baie robuust, en dit sal moeilik wees om die geld op te maak, het Ryan gesê, wat in Boston gevestig is. Ons sal steeds toelaes gee (aan plaaslike groepe), maar minder. Ons sal probeer om ander fondsinsamelings uit te vind wat ons kan doen om die geld in te haal. Ons het nog nie hergroepeer nie, maar ons sal dit regkry. ”

Share Our Strength, gevestig in Washington, DC, organiseer Taste of the Nation -geleenthede regoor die land om geld in te samel vir hul hongerprogramme, insluitend opvoeding en om kinders te help om beter toegang tot skool- en ander kosprogramme te kry. Die groep organiseer al nege jaar lank 'n geleentheid in Greater Portland, het Ryan gesê.

Gedurende daardie tyd kon sy en die plaaslike organiseerders nie onthou dat nog een gekanselleer is nie. Hulle het gesê dat dit 'n paar jaar gelede baie hard gereën het tydens 'n byeenkoms in Freeport, maar sonder die sterk wind wat Sondag gewaai het. Die gebeurtenis het voortgegaan en die reën het uiteindelik opgehou.

As gevolg van die kansellasie het sjefs wat kos na die geleentheid gebring het, 'n paar verliese gely. Maar diegene wat Maandag gekontak is, het gesê dat hulle nie omgee nie en opgemerk dat niemand die weer kan beheer nie, en hulle is bly dat hul veilingsitems steeds gebruik sal word.

Zapoteca in Portland het 400 oesters vir die geleentheid voorberei, en baie van hulle het Sondagaand by die restaurant weggegee, het mede-eienaar Tom Bard gesê. Walter's in Portland het bestanddele voorberei vir 'n gebakte groen tamatiegereg, wat sjef en eienaar Jeff Buerhaus gesê het dat hy hierdie week in sy restaurant sal gebruik.

Dit is alles vir 'n goeie doel, het Buerhaus gesê. Ek is bly om deel daarvan te wees. ”


Reënval van Taste of the Nation-geldinsameling is duur vir Maine-programme teen honger

Meer as 100 kaartjies is verkoop en meer as 40 kookartikels word hierdie week opgeveil, maar die kansellasie van die geleentheid kos die nodige finansiering.

Maine-hongersnoodprogramme wat staatmaak op finansiering deur die Taste of the Nation-kulinêre fondsinsameling, sal vanjaar nie soveel kry as wat hulle normaalweg doen nie, nadat stortreën en huilende winde die buitelugbyeenkoms Sondag uitgespoel het.

Maar die organiseerders het Maandag gesê dat die kansellasie nie 'n totale finansiële verlies vir die plaaslike niewinsorganisasies tot gevolg sal hê nie.

Baie van die items wat deur sjefs en voedselondernemings geskenk is om Sondag onder 'n tent in Fort Williams Park in Kaap Elizabeth opgeveil te word, word eerder hierdie week aanlyn tot Vrydag opgeveil. Die geleentheid verhoog gewoonlik tussen $ 150,000 en $ 200,000 vir die nasionale hongerprogram Share Our Strength en vir vier plaaslike hongervoorkomingsprogramme.

Kaartjieverkope was verlede week laag, toe die storm voorspel is. Selfs as 'n aanlynveiling en kaartjieverkope vooraf die helfte uitmaak van wat die geleentheid normaalweg oplewer, kan die betrokke groepe 'n aansienlike afname in die nodige finansiering sien.

By die Preble Street Teen Center in Portland het die byeenkoms gewoonlik $ 11,000 tot $ 19,000 vir etes ingesamel, sê Elena Schmidt, hoofontwikkelingsbeampte van Preble Street. Die totale begroting vir die sopkombuis vir tienersentrums is ongeveer $ 97 000, het sy gesê.

By Good Shepherd Food-Bank, 'n Auburn-gebaseerde groep wat voedsel versamel en in koshuise regoor die staat versprei, het die geleentheid gewoonlik $ 20,000 tot $ 30,000 vir die voedings- en kookopvoedingsprogram vir kooksake vir gesinne met 'n lae inkomste gelewer. Clara Whitney, kommunikasiebestuurder van die voedselbank. Die program se begroting is $ 140,000.

Ons hoop dat ons hierdie jaar nog steeds fondse kan insamel deur middel van die veiling en ander geleenthede. Ons weet dat ons nog steeds geld sal kry, slegs 'n kleiner bedrag hierdie jaar, het Whitney gesê. Maar ons nie -winsgewende organisasies is gewoond daaraan. Ons weet dat ons gereeld moet uitgaan en ander maniere moet vind om die geld in te samel. ”

Die ander plaaslike groepe wat vanjaar baat by die Taste of the Nation -byeenkoms in Maine, is Cultivating Community, waarvan die programme boereopleiding en tuinonderrig insluit, en The Opportunity Alliance, 'n familievoorspraakgroep.

Maandag is meer as 40 items gelys as deel van die Taste of the Nation Maine -aanlynveiling. Die een was 'n viergangmaaltyd vir 12, met wynbyeenkomste, wat by die bieër se huis van Rosemont Market Bakery aangebied word, ter waarde van $ 3,000. 'N Ander een was 'n sesgang-proe-ete vir 10 mense by Zapoteca in Portland, ter waarde van $ 1,500. Die veiling is aanlyn by 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Boonop is ongeveer 175 Taste of the Nation -kaartjies, met 'n prys van $ 100 tot $ 150, vooraf verkoop, sê Emily Ryan, wat die fondsinsamelings van Taste of the Nation in New England koördineer vir Share Our Strength. Ryan het gesê dat ongeveer 400 mense by die geleentheid verwag word, maar die kaartjieverkope vooraf is vertraag omdat die weervoorspellers baie dae vantevore die storm voorspel het.

Ryan het gesê Share Our Strength kan probeer om ander geleenthede hierdie jaar in Maine aan te bied om die geld wat aan sy plaaslike vennote sou gaan, te vergoed. Sy het ook gesê die organiseerders, wat die nasionale groep en plaaslike vrywilligers insluit, kan dit oorweeg om volgende jaar 'n binnenshuise smaak van die nasie te hê, of 'n binnenshuise rugsteunplan op te stel.

‘ BESLIS 'N TREFFER VIR ONS ’

Dit was beslis 'n treffer vir ons. Die regstreekse veiling (by die geleentheid) is gewoonlik baie robuust, en dit sal moeilik wees om die geld op te maak, het Ryan gesê, wat in Boston gevestig is. Ons sal steeds toelaes gee (aan plaaslike groepe), maar minder. Ons sal probeer om ander fondsinsamelings uit te vind wat ons kan doen om die geld in te haal. Ons het nog nie hergroepeer nie, maar ons sal dit regkry. ”

Share Our Strength, gevestig in Washington, DC, organiseer Taste of the Nation -geleenthede regoor die land om geld in te samel vir hul hongerprogramme, insluitend opvoeding en om kinders te help om beter toegang tot skool- en ander kosprogramme te kry. Die groep organiseer al nege jaar lank 'n geleentheid in Greater Portland, het Ryan gesê.

Gedurende daardie tyd kon sy en die plaaslike organiseerders nie onthou dat nog een gekanselleer is nie. Hulle het gesê dat dit 'n paar jaar gelede baie hard gereën het tydens 'n byeenkoms in Freeport, maar sonder die sterk wind wat Sondag gewaai het. Die gebeurtenis het voortgegaan en die reën het uiteindelik opgehou.

As gevolg van die kansellasie het sjefs wat kos na die geleentheid gebring het, verliese gely. Maar diegene wat Maandag gekontak is, het gesê dat hulle nie omgee nie en opgemerk dat niemand die weer kan beheer nie, en hulle is bly dat hul veilingsitems steeds gebruik sal word.

Zapoteca in Portland het 400 oesters vir die geleentheid voorberei, en baie van hulle het Sondagaand by die restaurant weggegee, het mede-eienaar Tom Bard gesê. Walter's in Portland het bestanddele voorberei vir 'n gebakte groen tamatiegereg, wat sjef en eienaar Jeff Buerhaus gesê het dat hy hierdie week in sy restaurant sal gebruik.

Dit is alles vir 'n goeie doel, het Buerhaus gesê. Ek is bly om deel daarvan te wees. ”


Reënval van Taste of the Nation-geldinsameling is duur vir Maine-programme teen honger

Meer as 100 kaartjies is verkoop en meer as 40 kookartikels word hierdie week opgeveil, maar die kansellasie van die geleentheid kos die nodige finansiering.

Maine-hongersnoodprogramme wat staatmaak op finansiering deur die Taste of the Nation-kulinêre fondsinsameling, sal vanjaar nie soveel kry as wat hulle normaalweg doen nie, nadat stortreën en huilende winde die buitelugbyeenkoms Sondag uitgespoel het.

Maar die organiseerders het Maandag gesê dat die kansellasie nie 'n totale finansiële verlies vir die plaaslike niewinsorganisasies tot gevolg sal hê nie.

Baie van die items wat deur sjefs en voedselondernemings geskenk is om Sondag onder 'n tent in Fort Williams Park in Kaap Elizabeth opgeveil te word, word eerder hierdie week aanlyn tot Vrydag opgeveil. Die geleentheid verhoog gewoonlik tussen $ 150,000 en $ 200,000 vir die nasionale hongerprogram Share Our Strength en vir vier plaaslike hongersnoodprogramme.

Kaartjieverkope was verlede week laag, toe die storm voorspel is. Selfs as 'n aanlynveiling en kaartjieverkope vooraf die helfte uitmaak van wat die geleentheid normaalweg oplewer, kan die betrokke groepe 'n aansienlike afname in die nodige finansiering sien.

By die Preble Street Teen Center in Portland het die byeenkoms gewoonlik $ 11,000 tot $ 19,000 vir etes ingesamel, sê Elena Schmidt, hoofontwikkelingsbeampte van Preble Street. Die totale begroting vir die sopkombuis vir tienersentrums is ongeveer $ 97 000, het sy gesê.

By die Good Shepherd Food-Bank, 'n Auburn-gebaseerde groep wat voedsel versamel en versprei aan koshuise regoor die staat, het die geleentheid gewoonlik $ 20,000 tot $ 30,000 vir die kook- en voedingsopvoedingsprogram vir gesinne met 'n lae inkomste voorsien. Clara Whitney, kommunikasiebestuurder van die voedselbank. Die program se begroting is $ 140,000.

Ons hoop dat ons hierdie jaar nog steeds fondse kan insamel deur middel van die veiling en ander geleenthede. Ons weet dat ons nog steeds geld sal kry, slegs 'n kleiner bedrag hierdie jaar, het Whitney gesê. Maar ons nie -winsgewende organisasies is gewoond daaraan. Ons weet dat ons gereeld moet uitgaan en ander maniere moet vind om die geld in te samel. ”

Die ander plaaslike groepe wat vanjaar baat by die Taste of the Nation -byeenkoms in Maine, is Cultivating Community, waarvan die programme boereopleiding en tuinonderrig insluit, en The Opportunity Alliance, 'n familievoorspraakgroep.

Maandag is meer as 40 items gelys as deel van die Taste of the Nation Maine -aanlynveiling. Die een was 'n viergangmaaltyd vir 12, met wynbyeenkomste, in die huis van die bieër van Rosemont Market Bakery, ter waarde van $ 3,000. 'N Ander een was 'n sesgang-proe-ete vir 10 mense by Zapoteca in Portland, ter waarde van $ 1,500. Die veiling is aanlyn by 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Boonop is ongeveer 175 Taste of the Nation -kaartjies, met 'n prys van $ 100 tot $ 150, vooraf verkoop, sê Emily Ryan, wat Taste of the Nation -fondsinsamelings in New England koördineer vir Share Our Strength. Ryan het gesê dat ongeveer 400 mense by die geleentheid verwag word, maar kaartjieverkope vooraf is vertraag omdat die weervoorspellers baie dae vantevore die storm voorspel het.

Ryan het gesê Share Our Strength kan probeer om ander geleenthede hierdie jaar in Maine aan te bied om die geld wat aan sy plaaslike vennote sou gaan, te vergoed. Sy het ook gesê die organiseerders, wat die nasionale groep en plaaslike vrywilligers insluit, kan dit oorweeg om volgende jaar 'n binnenshuise smaak van die nasie te hê, of 'n binnenshuise rugsteunplan op te stel.

‘ BESLIS 'N TREFFER VIR ONS ’

Dit was beslis 'n treffer vir ons. Die regstreekse veiling (by die geleentheid) is gewoonlik baie robuust, en dit sal moeilik wees om die geld op te maak, het Ryan gesê, wat in Boston gevestig is. Ons sal steeds toelaes gee (aan plaaslike groepe), maar minder. Ons sal probeer om ander fondsinsamelings uit te vind wat ons kan doen om die geld in te haal. Ons het nog nie hergroepeer nie, maar ons sal dit regkry. ”

Share Our Strength, gevestig in Washington, DC, organiseer Taste of the Nation -geleenthede regoor die land om geld in te samel vir hul hongerprogramme, insluitend opvoeding en om kinders te help om beter toegang tot skool- en ander kosprogramme te kry. Die groep organiseer al nege jaar lank 'n geleentheid in Greater Portland, het Ryan gesê.

Gedurende daardie tyd kon sy en die plaaslike organiseerders nie onthou dat nog een gekanselleer is nie. Hulle het gesê dat dit 'n paar jaar gelede baie hard gereën het tydens 'n byeenkoms in Freeport, maar sonder die sterk wind wat Sondag gewaai het. Die gebeurtenis het voortgegaan en die reën het uiteindelik opgehou.

As gevolg van die kansellasie het sjefs wat kos na die geleentheid gebring het, verliese gely. Maar diegene wat Maandag gekontak is, het gesê dat hulle nie omgee nie en opgemerk dat niemand die weer kan beheer nie, en hulle is bly dat hul veilingsitems steeds gebruik sal word.

Zapoteca in Portland het 400 oesters vir die geleentheid voorberei, en baie van hulle het Sondagaand by die restaurant weggegee, het mede-eienaar Tom Bard gesê. Walter's in Portland het bestanddele voorberei vir 'n gebakte groen tamatiegereg, wat sjef en eienaar Jeff Buerhaus gesê het dat hy hierdie week in sy restaurant sal gebruik.

Dit is alles vir 'n goeie doel, het Buerhaus gesê. Ek is bly om deel daarvan te wees. ”


Reënval van Taste of the Nation-geldinsameling is duur vir Maine-programme teen honger

Meer as 100 kaartjies is verkoop en meer as 40 kookartikels word vandeesweek opgeveil, maar die kansellasie van die geleentheid kos die nodige finansiering.

Maine-hongersnoodprogramme wat staatmaak op finansiering deur die Taste of the Nation-kulinêre fondsinsameling, sal vanjaar nie soveel kry as wat hulle normaalweg doen nie, nadat stortreën en huilende winde die buitelugbyeenkoms Sondag uitgespoel het.

Maar die organiseerders het Maandag gesê dat die kansellasie nie 'n totale finansiële verlies vir die plaaslike niewinsorganisasies tot gevolg sal hê nie.

Baie van die items wat deur sjefs en voedselondernemings geskenk is om Sondag onder 'n tent in Fort Williams Park in Kaap Elizabeth opgeveil te word, word eerder hierdie week aanlyn tot Vrydag opgeveil. Die geleentheid verhoog gewoonlik tussen $ 150,000 en $ 200,000 vir die nasionale hongerprogram Share Our Strength en vir vier plaaslike hongersnoodprogramme.

Kaartjieverkope was verlede week laag, toe die storm voorspel is. Selfs as 'n aanlynveiling en kaartjieverkope vooraf die helfte uitmaak van wat die geleentheid normaalweg oplewer, kan die betrokke groepe 'n aansienlike afname in die nodige finansiering sien.

By die Preble Street Teen Center in Portland het die byeenkoms gewoonlik $ 11,000 tot $ 19,000 vir etes ingesamel, sê Elena Schmidt, hoofontwikkelingsbeampte van Preble Street. Die totale begroting vir die sopkombuis vir tienersentrums is ongeveer $ 97 000, het sy gesê.

By Good Shepherd Food-Bank, 'n Auburn-gebaseerde groep wat voedsel versamel en in koshuise regoor die staat versprei, het die geleentheid gewoonlik $ 20,000 tot $ 30,000 vir die voedings- en kookopvoedingsprogram vir kooksake vir gesinne met 'n lae inkomste gelewer. Clara Whitney, kommunikasiebestuurder van die voedselbank. Die program se begroting is $ 140,000.

Ons hoop dat ons hierdie jaar nog steeds fondse kan insamel deur middel van die veiling en ander geleenthede. Ons weet dat ons nog steeds geld sal kry, slegs 'n kleiner bedrag hierdie jaar, het Whitney gesê. Maar ons nie -winsgewende organisasies is gewoond daaraan. Ons weet dat ons gereeld moet uitgaan en ander maniere moet vind om die geld in te samel. ”

Die ander plaaslike groepe wat vanjaar baat by die Taste of the Nation -byeenkoms in Maine, is Cultivating Community, waarvan die programme boereopleiding en tuinonderrig insluit, en The Opportunity Alliance, 'n familievoorspraakgroep.

On Monday, more than 40 items were listed as part of the Taste of the Nation Maine online auction. One was a four-course meal for 12, with wine pairings, provided in the bidder’s home from Rosemont Market Bakery, with a value of $3,000. Another was a six-course tasting dinner for 10 people at Zapoteca in Portland, valued at $1,500. The auction is online at 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Plus, about 175 Taste of the Nation tickets, priced at $100 to $150, were sold beforehand, said Emily Ryan, who coordinates Taste of the Nation fundraisers in New England for Share Our Strength. Ryan said some 400 people were expected at the event, but advance ticket sales were slowed because Sunday’s storm was predicted by weather forecasters many days in advance.

Ryan said Share Our Strength may try to offer other events this year in Maine to make up for the money that would have gone to its local partners. She also said the organizers, which include the national group and local volunteers, may consider having an indoor Taste of the Nation next year, or prepare an indoor back-up plan.

‘DEFINITELY A HIT FOR US’

“It was definitely a hit for us. The live auction (at the event) is usually very robust, and it will be hard to make up those funds,” said Ryan, who is based in Boston. “We will still give grants (to local groups) but less. We’ll try to figure out other fundraising we can do to make up that money. We haven’t regrouped yet, but we’ll figure it out.”

Share Our Strength, based in Washington, D.C., organizes Taste of the Nation events around the country to raise money for its hunger programs, including education and helping children get better access to school and other food programs. The group has been organizing an event in Greater Portland for at least nine years, Ryan said.

During that time, she and local organizers could not remember another one canceled. They said it rained very hard during an event in Freeport a couple of years ago, but without the heavy winds that blew Sunday. That event continued, and the rain eventually stopped.

Because of the cancellation, chefs who were bringing food to the event took some losses. But those contacted Monday said they didn’t mind, noting no one can control the weather and they were glad their auction items would still be used.

Zapoteca in Portland had prepared 400 oysters for the event, and ended up giving many of them away at the restaurant Sunday night, said co-owner Tom Bard. Walter’s in Portland had prepped ingredients for a fried green tomato dish, which chef and owner Jeff Buerhaus said he’ll use at his restaurant this week.

“It’s all for a great cause,” said Buerhaus. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”


Rainout of Taste of the Nation fundraiser costly to Maine anti-hunger programs

More than 100 tickets were sold and more than 40 culinary items will be auctioned off this week, but the cancellation of the event will cost nonprofits some needed funding.

Maine anti-hunger programs that count on funding from the Taste of the Nation culinary fundraiser won’t get as much this year as they normally do, after pouring rain and howling winds washed out the outdoor event Sunday.

But organizers said Monday that the cancellation won’t result in a total financial loss for the local nonprofits.

Many of the items donated by chefs and food businesses to be auctioned under a tent at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth on Sunday will instead be auctioned this week online, through Friday. The event usually raises between $150,000 and $200,000 for the national Share Our Strength hunger program and for four local hunger prevention programs.

Ticket sales were low last week, when the storm was predicted. Even if an online auction and advance ticket sales add up to half of what the event normally raises, the groups involved could see a significant decrease in needed funding.

At Portland’s Preble Street Teen Center, the event typically has raised $11,000 to $19,000 for meals, said Elena Schmidt, chief development officer for Preble Street. The total budget for the teen center’s soup kitchen is about $97,000, she said.

At Good Shepherd Food-Bank, an Auburn-based group that collects food and distributes it to food pantries all over the state, the event typically has provided $20,000 to $30,000 for the Cooking Matters nutrition and cooking education program for low-income families, said Clara Whitney, communications manager for the food bank. The program’s budget is $140,000.

“We’re hopeful (Share Our Strength) can still raise funds this year through the auction and other events. We know we’ll still get some money, just a smaller amount this year,” said Whitney. “But we nonprofits are used to that. We know, often, we have to go out and find other ways to raise the money.”

The other local groups slated to benefit from the Taste of the Nation event in Maine this year are Cultivating Community, whose programs include farmer training and gardening education, and The Opportunity Alliance, a family advocacy group.

On Monday, more than 40 items were listed as part of the Taste of the Nation Maine online auction. One was a four-course meal for 12, with wine pairings, provided in the bidder’s home from Rosemont Market Bakery, with a value of $3,000. Another was a six-course tasting dinner for 10 people at Zapoteca in Portland, valued at $1,500. The auction is online at 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Plus, about 175 Taste of the Nation tickets, priced at $100 to $150, were sold beforehand, said Emily Ryan, who coordinates Taste of the Nation fundraisers in New England for Share Our Strength. Ryan said some 400 people were expected at the event, but advance ticket sales were slowed because Sunday’s storm was predicted by weather forecasters many days in advance.

Ryan said Share Our Strength may try to offer other events this year in Maine to make up for the money that would have gone to its local partners. She also said the organizers, which include the national group and local volunteers, may consider having an indoor Taste of the Nation next year, or prepare an indoor back-up plan.

‘DEFINITELY A HIT FOR US’

“It was definitely a hit for us. The live auction (at the event) is usually very robust, and it will be hard to make up those funds,” said Ryan, who is based in Boston. “We will still give grants (to local groups) but less. We’ll try to figure out other fundraising we can do to make up that money. We haven’t regrouped yet, but we’ll figure it out.”

Share Our Strength, based in Washington, D.C., organizes Taste of the Nation events around the country to raise money for its hunger programs, including education and helping children get better access to school and other food programs. The group has been organizing an event in Greater Portland for at least nine years, Ryan said.

During that time, she and local organizers could not remember another one canceled. They said it rained very hard during an event in Freeport a couple of years ago, but without the heavy winds that blew Sunday. That event continued, and the rain eventually stopped.

Because of the cancellation, chefs who were bringing food to the event took some losses. But those contacted Monday said they didn’t mind, noting no one can control the weather and they were glad their auction items would still be used.

Zapoteca in Portland had prepared 400 oysters for the event, and ended up giving many of them away at the restaurant Sunday night, said co-owner Tom Bard. Walter’s in Portland had prepped ingredients for a fried green tomato dish, which chef and owner Jeff Buerhaus said he’ll use at his restaurant this week.

“It’s all for a great cause,” said Buerhaus. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”


Rainout of Taste of the Nation fundraiser costly to Maine anti-hunger programs

More than 100 tickets were sold and more than 40 culinary items will be auctioned off this week, but the cancellation of the event will cost nonprofits some needed funding.

Maine anti-hunger programs that count on funding from the Taste of the Nation culinary fundraiser won’t get as much this year as they normally do, after pouring rain and howling winds washed out the outdoor event Sunday.

But organizers said Monday that the cancellation won’t result in a total financial loss for the local nonprofits.

Many of the items donated by chefs and food businesses to be auctioned under a tent at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth on Sunday will instead be auctioned this week online, through Friday. The event usually raises between $150,000 and $200,000 for the national Share Our Strength hunger program and for four local hunger prevention programs.

Ticket sales were low last week, when the storm was predicted. Even if an online auction and advance ticket sales add up to half of what the event normally raises, the groups involved could see a significant decrease in needed funding.

At Portland’s Preble Street Teen Center, the event typically has raised $11,000 to $19,000 for meals, said Elena Schmidt, chief development officer for Preble Street. The total budget for the teen center’s soup kitchen is about $97,000, she said.

At Good Shepherd Food-Bank, an Auburn-based group that collects food and distributes it to food pantries all over the state, the event typically has provided $20,000 to $30,000 for the Cooking Matters nutrition and cooking education program for low-income families, said Clara Whitney, communications manager for the food bank. The program’s budget is $140,000.

“We’re hopeful (Share Our Strength) can still raise funds this year through the auction and other events. We know we’ll still get some money, just a smaller amount this year,” said Whitney. “But we nonprofits are used to that. We know, often, we have to go out and find other ways to raise the money.”

The other local groups slated to benefit from the Taste of the Nation event in Maine this year are Cultivating Community, whose programs include farmer training and gardening education, and The Opportunity Alliance, a family advocacy group.

On Monday, more than 40 items were listed as part of the Taste of the Nation Maine online auction. One was a four-course meal for 12, with wine pairings, provided in the bidder’s home from Rosemont Market Bakery, with a value of $3,000. Another was a six-course tasting dinner for 10 people at Zapoteca in Portland, valued at $1,500. The auction is online at 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Plus, about 175 Taste of the Nation tickets, priced at $100 to $150, were sold beforehand, said Emily Ryan, who coordinates Taste of the Nation fundraisers in New England for Share Our Strength. Ryan said some 400 people were expected at the event, but advance ticket sales were slowed because Sunday’s storm was predicted by weather forecasters many days in advance.

Ryan said Share Our Strength may try to offer other events this year in Maine to make up for the money that would have gone to its local partners. She also said the organizers, which include the national group and local volunteers, may consider having an indoor Taste of the Nation next year, or prepare an indoor back-up plan.

‘DEFINITELY A HIT FOR US’

“It was definitely a hit for us. The live auction (at the event) is usually very robust, and it will be hard to make up those funds,” said Ryan, who is based in Boston. “We will still give grants (to local groups) but less. We’ll try to figure out other fundraising we can do to make up that money. We haven’t regrouped yet, but we’ll figure it out.”

Share Our Strength, based in Washington, D.C., organizes Taste of the Nation events around the country to raise money for its hunger programs, including education and helping children get better access to school and other food programs. The group has been organizing an event in Greater Portland for at least nine years, Ryan said.

During that time, she and local organizers could not remember another one canceled. They said it rained very hard during an event in Freeport a couple of years ago, but without the heavy winds that blew Sunday. That event continued, and the rain eventually stopped.

Because of the cancellation, chefs who were bringing food to the event took some losses. But those contacted Monday said they didn’t mind, noting no one can control the weather and they were glad their auction items would still be used.

Zapoteca in Portland had prepared 400 oysters for the event, and ended up giving many of them away at the restaurant Sunday night, said co-owner Tom Bard. Walter’s in Portland had prepped ingredients for a fried green tomato dish, which chef and owner Jeff Buerhaus said he’ll use at his restaurant this week.

“It’s all for a great cause,” said Buerhaus. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”


Rainout of Taste of the Nation fundraiser costly to Maine anti-hunger programs

More than 100 tickets were sold and more than 40 culinary items will be auctioned off this week, but the cancellation of the event will cost nonprofits some needed funding.

Maine anti-hunger programs that count on funding from the Taste of the Nation culinary fundraiser won’t get as much this year as they normally do, after pouring rain and howling winds washed out the outdoor event Sunday.

But organizers said Monday that the cancellation won’t result in a total financial loss for the local nonprofits.

Many of the items donated by chefs and food businesses to be auctioned under a tent at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth on Sunday will instead be auctioned this week online, through Friday. The event usually raises between $150,000 and $200,000 for the national Share Our Strength hunger program and for four local hunger prevention programs.

Ticket sales were low last week, when the storm was predicted. Even if an online auction and advance ticket sales add up to half of what the event normally raises, the groups involved could see a significant decrease in needed funding.

At Portland’s Preble Street Teen Center, the event typically has raised $11,000 to $19,000 for meals, said Elena Schmidt, chief development officer for Preble Street. The total budget for the teen center’s soup kitchen is about $97,000, she said.

At Good Shepherd Food-Bank, an Auburn-based group that collects food and distributes it to food pantries all over the state, the event typically has provided $20,000 to $30,000 for the Cooking Matters nutrition and cooking education program for low-income families, said Clara Whitney, communications manager for the food bank. The program’s budget is $140,000.

“We’re hopeful (Share Our Strength) can still raise funds this year through the auction and other events. We know we’ll still get some money, just a smaller amount this year,” said Whitney. “But we nonprofits are used to that. We know, often, we have to go out and find other ways to raise the money.”

The other local groups slated to benefit from the Taste of the Nation event in Maine this year are Cultivating Community, whose programs include farmer training and gardening education, and The Opportunity Alliance, a family advocacy group.

On Monday, more than 40 items were listed as part of the Taste of the Nation Maine online auction. One was a four-course meal for 12, with wine pairings, provided in the bidder’s home from Rosemont Market Bakery, with a value of $3,000. Another was a six-course tasting dinner for 10 people at Zapoteca in Portland, valued at $1,500. The auction is online at 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Plus, about 175 Taste of the Nation tickets, priced at $100 to $150, were sold beforehand, said Emily Ryan, who coordinates Taste of the Nation fundraisers in New England for Share Our Strength. Ryan said some 400 people were expected at the event, but advance ticket sales were slowed because Sunday’s storm was predicted by weather forecasters many days in advance.

Ryan said Share Our Strength may try to offer other events this year in Maine to make up for the money that would have gone to its local partners. She also said the organizers, which include the national group and local volunteers, may consider having an indoor Taste of the Nation next year, or prepare an indoor back-up plan.

‘DEFINITELY A HIT FOR US’

“It was definitely a hit for us. The live auction (at the event) is usually very robust, and it will be hard to make up those funds,” said Ryan, who is based in Boston. “We will still give grants (to local groups) but less. We’ll try to figure out other fundraising we can do to make up that money. We haven’t regrouped yet, but we’ll figure it out.”

Share Our Strength, based in Washington, D.C., organizes Taste of the Nation events around the country to raise money for its hunger programs, including education and helping children get better access to school and other food programs. The group has been organizing an event in Greater Portland for at least nine years, Ryan said.

During that time, she and local organizers could not remember another one canceled. They said it rained very hard during an event in Freeport a couple of years ago, but without the heavy winds that blew Sunday. That event continued, and the rain eventually stopped.

Because of the cancellation, chefs who were bringing food to the event took some losses. But those contacted Monday said they didn’t mind, noting no one can control the weather and they were glad their auction items would still be used.

Zapoteca in Portland had prepared 400 oysters for the event, and ended up giving many of them away at the restaurant Sunday night, said co-owner Tom Bard. Walter’s in Portland had prepped ingredients for a fried green tomato dish, which chef and owner Jeff Buerhaus said he’ll use at his restaurant this week.

“It’s all for a great cause,” said Buerhaus. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”


Rainout of Taste of the Nation fundraiser costly to Maine anti-hunger programs

More than 100 tickets were sold and more than 40 culinary items will be auctioned off this week, but the cancellation of the event will cost nonprofits some needed funding.

Maine anti-hunger programs that count on funding from the Taste of the Nation culinary fundraiser won’t get as much this year as they normally do, after pouring rain and howling winds washed out the outdoor event Sunday.

But organizers said Monday that the cancellation won’t result in a total financial loss for the local nonprofits.

Many of the items donated by chefs and food businesses to be auctioned under a tent at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth on Sunday will instead be auctioned this week online, through Friday. The event usually raises between $150,000 and $200,000 for the national Share Our Strength hunger program and for four local hunger prevention programs.

Ticket sales were low last week, when the storm was predicted. Even if an online auction and advance ticket sales add up to half of what the event normally raises, the groups involved could see a significant decrease in needed funding.

At Portland’s Preble Street Teen Center, the event typically has raised $11,000 to $19,000 for meals, said Elena Schmidt, chief development officer for Preble Street. The total budget for the teen center’s soup kitchen is about $97,000, she said.

At Good Shepherd Food-Bank, an Auburn-based group that collects food and distributes it to food pantries all over the state, the event typically has provided $20,000 to $30,000 for the Cooking Matters nutrition and cooking education program for low-income families, said Clara Whitney, communications manager for the food bank. The program’s budget is $140,000.

“We’re hopeful (Share Our Strength) can still raise funds this year through the auction and other events. We know we’ll still get some money, just a smaller amount this year,” said Whitney. “But we nonprofits are used to that. We know, often, we have to go out and find other ways to raise the money.”

The other local groups slated to benefit from the Taste of the Nation event in Maine this year are Cultivating Community, whose programs include farmer training and gardening education, and The Opportunity Alliance, a family advocacy group.

On Monday, more than 40 items were listed as part of the Taste of the Nation Maine online auction. One was a four-course meal for 12, with wine pairings, provided in the bidder’s home from Rosemont Market Bakery, with a value of $3,000. Another was a six-course tasting dinner for 10 people at Zapoteca in Portland, valued at $1,500. The auction is online at 32auctions.com/totnmaine.

Plus, about 175 Taste of the Nation tickets, priced at $100 to $150, were sold beforehand, said Emily Ryan, who coordinates Taste of the Nation fundraisers in New England for Share Our Strength. Ryan said some 400 people were expected at the event, but advance ticket sales were slowed because Sunday’s storm was predicted by weather forecasters many days in advance.

Ryan said Share Our Strength may try to offer other events this year in Maine to make up for the money that would have gone to its local partners. She also said the organizers, which include the national group and local volunteers, may consider having an indoor Taste of the Nation next year, or prepare an indoor back-up plan.

‘DEFINITELY A HIT FOR US’

“It was definitely a hit for us. The live auction (at the event) is usually very robust, and it will be hard to make up those funds,” said Ryan, who is based in Boston. “We will still give grants (to local groups) but less. We’ll try to figure out other fundraising we can do to make up that money. We haven’t regrouped yet, but we’ll figure it out.”

Share Our Strength, based in Washington, D.C., organizes Taste of the Nation events around the country to raise money for its hunger programs, including education and helping children get better access to school and other food programs. The group has been organizing an event in Greater Portland for at least nine years, Ryan said.

During that time, she and local organizers could not remember another one canceled. They said it rained very hard during an event in Freeport a couple of years ago, but without the heavy winds that blew Sunday. That event continued, and the rain eventually stopped.

Because of the cancellation, chefs who were bringing food to the event took some losses. But those contacted Monday said they didn’t mind, noting no one can control the weather and they were glad their auction items would still be used.

Zapoteca in Portland had prepared 400 oysters for the event, and ended up giving many of them away at the restaurant Sunday night, said co-owner Tom Bard. Walter’s in Portland had prepped ingredients for a fried green tomato dish, which chef and owner Jeff Buerhaus said he’ll use at his restaurant this week.

“It’s all for a great cause,” said Buerhaus. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”