Press release from Food Connection:
Asheville, NC, 3/22/19– There is a lot to celebrate since Food Connection began in 2015. 130,000 fresh meals have been diverted from going to the landfill and have been delivered to area agencies, such as Trinity Place Shelter for Youth, Haywood St. Respite Center, BeLoved Asheville, and more. Last year, Food Connection expanded from Asheville to include Black Mountain and Swannanoa, adding more food donors and additional food recipients. In December, operations expanded even further east to Charlotte, where 3,000 meals have already been rescued and delivered to feed the hungry.
Celine and Company Catering will host an evening in support of Food Connection. “We are inspired by the outreach of our local Food Connection staff, volunteers, and AVL Ride as they continue to rescue literal tons of freshly prepared foods, as well as educate and encourage the advancement of food rescue efforts in our WNC and neighboring regions,” says Chef/Owner of Celine and Company, Kim Lloyd.
During the evening, people will experience first-hand the high quality food that area chefs keep from going to the landfill when it is donated through Food Connection. Food like vegan chorizo potato crisps from UNCA’s Chef Shawn or brisket and mac n cheese from Pack’s Tavern’s Chef Edwin who says, “It feels good knowing that Asheville has a connection between its restaurant’s leftover food and the people who desperately need it. I’m just proud to be a part of Food Connection.”
The 2nd Annual Chefs in Action: A Night to Benefit Food Connection, presented by Wicked Weed Brewing, will be held 6-9 p.m., April 4th at Celine and Company “On Broadway” at 49 Broadway. The event will feature food prepared by seven of Food Connection’s donor chef partners and give participants a chance to learn more about the nonprofit organization. Music will be provided by Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodrigues. Other entertainment will include DJ and dancing with Jr. James & The Late Guitar and the Rhythm Grill. At the end of the evening, AVL Ride will pick up the leftover food and deliver it to one of Food Connection’s community partners who feed the hungry.