I’m a huge proponent of the University Food Bank (well, any food bank). And those of you who know we well know that I’m also a proponent of beer and wine. So I’m thrilled to pass along that Wine World and Spirits has teamed up with the U-District Food Bank for the second annual Chili Cook-Off.
The Cook-Off will be held on Sunday, March 3rd from 2pm to 5pm at Wine World and Spirit’s private ballroom, with proceeds benefiting the food bank. Tickets are $10 and include your chili tastes plus 5 drink tickets to sample local beers and wines that have been selected to pair with the chili.
Men, that’s probably all you need to read – buy your ticket here or at the door.
Ladies, if you still need a little tempting, this is the part where I get to tell you that the chili will be judged by Seattle firefighters. And yes, I know that’s a totally sexist comment and I don’t really care. FIREFIGHTERS.
Wine World & Spirits is located at 400 NE 45th.
It’s that time of year again! Time for the 10th Annual Neighborhood Grills Benefit Dinner, benefiting the U-District Food Bank.
On February 8th, order dinner at either Greenlake Bar & Grill at 7200 East Green Lake Drive N, or Eastlake Bar & Grill, and a minimum of 50% of your tab will benefit the food bank. Or, order off of their special menu for the evening and 66% of your tab will benefit the food bank.
Between the two restaurants, the U-District Food Bank is hoping to raise at least $6000, which would equal half of their food budget for February. In these trying times, they are busier than ever. In 2011, the food bank experienced 55,000 customer visits and distributed 2.3 million pounds of food, according to development director Paul Yunker.
Can’t make it out on the 8th? That’s no problem. Consider donating $10 instead directly to the food bank through their website.
It’s no secret I love to post opportunities to help the University District Food Bank, as it helps more than 1100 each WEEK get a balanced meal in their stomachs and is one of the most worthy local causes out there. So I’m happy to report on a few new ways you can help (and have fun too!)
Drink at the Ravenna Alehouse:
Wednesday, November 30th (that’s tomorrow!) from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., stop by the Ravenna Alehouse (2258 NE 65th Street) and drink a glass of New Belgium Brewing Snow Day Ale. For every pint sold, New Belgium Brewing will donate $1 to the Food Bank. You also get to keep your New Belgium Brewing glass!
Shop at Ten Thousand Villages:
On Thursday, December 1st, shop at Ten Thousand Villages (6417 Roosevelt Ave NE) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the store will donate 15% of their net sales to the Food Bank. What a great way to get some Christmas shopping done while helping fight hunger!
Have a beer at Shultzy’s Sausage:
Anytime December 1st through the 31st, Shultzy’s Sausage (at 4114 University Way NE) will donate $1 to the U-District Food Bank for every liter of beer sold. Hey – December 1st, why not watch the Seahawks kick some Eagle butt while helping the Food Bank!
The University District Food Bank’s 16th Annual “Take a Bite out of Hunger” auction was their most successful ever – raising $125,000 between ticket sales, item sales, and sponsorship. Congrats to them!
The U-District Food Bank serves over 1,100 families each week and in 2010 distributed over 2.2 million pounds of food. They serve ZIP codes 98102, 98103, 98105, 98112, 98115 and 98125 – that’s a lot of mouths to feed!
The auction may be over but University District Food Bank takes donations year-round, and things tend to get slow around the holidays. If you’d like to give, you can donate online here.
I had the chance to briefly stop into the University District Food Bank Open House last night and meet some of the great volunteers that keep that place going. The Open House was packed, and the food bank provided live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, plus an inside look at how they operate.
The U-District Food Bank helps feed over 1,100 families each week, as well as providing them with necessary toiletries and more. It’s set up like a grocery store inside with small isles and different sections – that way, people can pick and choose the specific items they need. A lot of the food is donated, but much of it is also bought through donations to the food bank so that they can stay stocked with the right products.
Thanks, Food Bank, for feeding our neighbors!