Fairfield Country restaurants came together at the Community Plates “Food for All” fundraising event that was held at the Darien Community Association, on October 2nd, to support the Fight to End Hunger in Fairfield County. The “Food for All” event featured the area’s newest restaurants showcasing their signature dishes. An added highlight this year was a series of Craft Cocktail Bars presented by Fairfield County’s most innovative bartenders. VIP guests arrived at the cocktail reception early, followed by the main event which featured restaurants, fabulous food, and live music.
“Community Plates is already responsible for picking up and delivering almost 4 million meals at a value of over $6 Million to food insecure people in Fairfield County. Community Plates focuses 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 2014 fundraiser is our kick-off for our next food rescue season. It’s a lot of fun, the food is amazing, and we do a lot of good in the process.”
Throughout the evening, while chatting with friends and listening to live music, our culinary taste buds were satisfied by samples of, and in many cases, “southern” style food, from area Fairfield county restaurants. The samples ranged from savory to sweet to beyond. The pumpkin bisque was like eating a slice of pumpkin pie, perfect for the fall season. A delight sweet being offered was the chocolate stout mousse. On the savory side was a nicely smoked pork shoulder from Walrus & Carpenter. For those choosing to a lighter flare, there were many “salads” to choose. Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters introduced us to their newly released cold fused coffee extract, just add quality cold water and you have a fabulous cold coffee drink. The hearty shared beef on fires from Washington Prime was rich in flavor.
Restaurants Who Participated:
Craft Cocktail Bars:
- Bailey’s Backyard
- Cask Republic / Post 154
- Mama’s Boy
The Dirty South Cocktail, a play on southern sweet tea, from Mama’s Boy and the bourbon drink from Cask Republic using the whiskey of the USA heartland, were both delicious and hits of the attendees.
More About Community Plates:
Community Plates is committed to ending food insecurity in America. Recognizing the problem as a matter of logistics, not a lack of food, the organization established a volunteer-driven, technology fueled method for transferring surplus food to those in need. The simple process includes food donors (e.g., grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, bakeries and other food-service establishments), food runners (individuals who pick-up and deliver donated food) and receiving agencies (e.g., soup kitchens, pantries, etc.). Scheduling is made easy with the web and smartphone enabled Community Plates’ GoRescue technology powered by WhenToManage, which received the 2013 Computerworld Honors Program 21st Century Achievement Award for human services. Since Community Plates was founded in 2011, more than 700 volunteers have rescued food that equates to 4.9 million meals to date. Launched and headquartered in Fairfield County, CT, Community Plates also operates in New Haven, CT, Albuquerque, NM and Columbus, OH with plans to expand to four more markets in 2014. For more information or to get involved visit communityplates.org.