Chef Billy Grant and chefs from other restaurants in West Hartford and the surrounding area will host a six-course dinner as a benefit for Foodshare on Aug. 27.
By Ronni Newton
Being a restaurateur and chef is in Billy Grant’s blood, as is giving back and generously supporting charitable organizations.
Foodshare Director of Giving Cherie Trice said that during recent conversations about the need to raise funds to help the more than 120,000 area residents who struggle with hunger, Grant did not hesitate to step up and bring together fellow chefs to organize a fundraiser that is appropriately being called “Eat. Drink. Give.” One-hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to Foodshare, which serves Hartford and Tolland counties.
“I understand our role in the community and value the opportunities to give back and support local nonprofits when we’re able to,” Grant, chef/owner of Grant;’s Restaurant & Bar, Restaurant Bricco, and Bricco Trattoria, said in an announcement of the event. “It has been a tradition in my family and continues to be one in our industry.”
“Eat. Drink. Give – A Recipe for Ending Hunger” will take place on Aug. 27, beginning at 6 p.m., at Grants Restaurant & Bar at 977 Farmington Ave. in West Hartford.
Other award-winning local celebrity chefs who are generously collaborating with Grant are Tyler Anderson (Millwright’s Restaurant in Simbury, The Cook & The Bear in West Hartford, and Porrón&Piña at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford); K.C. Ward (The Rooster Company in Newington and Flora in West Hartford); Prasad Chirnomula (INDIA in West Hartford); Jeffrey Lizotte (Present Company in Simsbury); and Nicola Mancini (La Tavola Ristorante in Waterbury).
The menu for the six-course gourmet dinner, which includes wine pairings by Maximum Beverage, is included below as a PDF. Tickets are $125 each, and 100 percent will be donated to Foodshare.
Founded in 1982, Foodshare is the regional food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties, where 121,000 people struggle with hunger. Foodshare is a member of the national organization Feeding America, along with more than 200 other food banks nationally. In partnership with the food industry, donors, community leaders and volunteers, Foodshare works to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security. And, because hunger is bigger than food, Foodshare collaborates with anti-hunger organizations, policy makers, and the broader community to build effective solutions to end hunger.
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