Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Another Alliance-sponsored event raises money for local restaurants and non-profits serving meals to those in need.
Jon Plaza showcases his bartending skills along with Evan Mallett owner/chef of the Black Trumpet.
$6,200 raised for local restaurants and non-profits serving meals to those in need
The Alliance for Greater Good held a virtual event, Cocktails for a Cause, on February 4, 2021, that raised over $6,200 for Take Out Hunger, a new initiative to pay restaurants to make meals for those facing food insecurity. With several local restaurants hibernating this winter or cutting back on services, Take Out Hunger can provide them some support until outdoor dining restarts in the spring.
There were over 90 individual donors, and more than 60 attended the fun on-line event armed with the cocktail ingredients they had purchased from the shopping list and tips provided in advance. Evan Mallett, owner/chef of the Black Trumpet restaurant, introduced bar manager Jon Plaza who taught the audience interesting facts, history and how to mix three unique cocktails over the course of the hour and a half event.
Helen Crowe, one of the co-founders of Take Out Hunger spoke to the participants during the first break and premiered a video that featured interviews with local chefs and restaurants and the non-profit organizations whose clients receive the takeout meals.
Local rock cover band, Jamsterdam, provided some high energy music for the second break while participants enjoyed one of the delicious cocktails they made. One of the members of the band, James Folan, said “we had a blast and were happy to be part of it!” The Zoom participants agreed and called the band back for two encores.
"...our goal is rallying the kindness in others to address community needs, and this event provided a fun way for many people to help two struggling parts of our community..."
According to Lisa Vivinetto, one of the co-founders of the Alliance and the on-screen host for the evening, “we wanted to help the many restaurants and their employees who are struggling during COVID, particularly during the winter months. Choosing Take Out Hunger as the beneficiary made sense--helping restaurants while at the same time providing nutritious food for those in need in the Seacoast area.” She added, “our goal is rallying the kindness in others to address community needs, and this event provided a fun way for many people to help two struggling parts of our community. It was a win-win!”
To learn more about future events, follow the Alliance for Greater Good on Facebook.