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Food. Culture. Community.

This week we got to hear about Thrive NC and the upcoming event. Thrive NC helps to address food system issues in our community. The event is presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Ticket sales support lots of local organizations. We always love a food event for a great cause.

Organizations you will be supporting:
Conetoe Family Life Center, an organization whose mission is to improve the health of the youth and community by increasing access to healthy foods, increasing physical activities and providing access to health services.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties for over 35 years.

NC Future Farmers of America, a youth organization within agricultural education that prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through a wide range of agricultural education activities.

Alliance Medical Ministry, an organization that provides comprehensive, compassionate and affordable healthcare to working, uninsured adults in Wake County.

Band Together (benefitting Inter-Faith Food Shuttle), a program that uses live music as a platform for social change and has donated over $9 million to benefit the Triangle community since 2001.

Meals on Wheels Wake County, a program that serves 1,300 noontime meals every weekday to homebound older adults and persons with disabilities in Wake County.

The event will be held May 9 and 10 in City Market. Tickets are sold out this year.

For those of you that have tickets, here is a list of participating restaurants: 18 Seaboard, 42 & Lawrence, Bella Monica, Benchwarmers Bagels, Benny’s Brew N Que, Bida Manda, Calavera Empanadas Tequila, Captain Cookie and the Milkman, Carmen’s Cuban Cafe & Lounge, Carolina Ale House, Carroll’s Kitchen, Centro, Che Empanadas, Coronato Pizza, Counting House, Curry in a Hurry, Gonza Tacos y Tequila, Herons, La Farm Bakery, Longleaf Swine, Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream, Mandolin, MKG Kitchen, MOFU Shoppe, Neomonde Deli, Oak City Fish and Chips, Oak City Meatball Shoppe, Oak Steakhouse, O-Ku Sushi, Papa Shogun, Plates Neighborhood Kitchen Royale, Sam Jones BBQ, Sassool, Southern Charred, Southern Smoke BBQ SweetWater Ices, Tastefully Served, Tonbo Ramen, Umma Dumpling, Viceroy, Vic’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Videri Chocolate Factory, Vidrio, WakeMed’s Café 3000, Whiskey Kitchen, Wyatt’s BBQ, and ZenFish.

Participating breweries and spirits: Appalachian Mountain Aviator Brewing, Babe Wine, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Brewery Bhavana, Carolina Brewery, Catawba Brewing, Diageo, Dogfish Head, Lonerider Brewing, Natty Greene’s, Neuse River Brewing Co., Tito’s Vodka, Trophy Brewing Co. and White Street.

Guests will also enjoy great demonstrations from local chefs.

Thursday’s line-up is hosted by Vivian Howard. Chef demonstrations will be the followig:

  • Dean Neff (Love, Lydia Bakery, Wilmington, NC)
  • Brian Noyes (Red Truck Rural Bakery, Marshall, VA)
  • Cynthia Wong (Life Raft Treats, Charleston, SC).

Friday night will be hosted by Ashley Christensen and boasts great talent like:

  • Meherwan Irani (Chai Pani, Asheville, NC) and Cheetie Kumar (Garland, Raleigh, NC)
  • Lin Peterson (Locals Seafood, Raleigh, NC) and Keith Rhodes (Catch, Wilmington, NC)
  • Vansana Nolintha (Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana, Raleigh, NC) & Michael Lee (M Sushi, M Kokko, and M Tempura, Durham, NC)

And if all the great food wasn’t enough. Check out the music!
Thursday: Adam Pitts, Bull City Syndicate, Danielle Ward, Marcus Anderson, and Taylor Leopold.

Friday: Jeanne Jolly, New Reveille Raleigh, and Shana Tucker.