Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Atlanta Dining for a Cause: Share our Strength's Give me Five on August 28

One of my favorite foodie charities, Share Our Strength, is having another of its annual fundraisers on Sunday, August 28. If you're not familiar with it, SOS ensures that no child goes hungry. And really, why should anyone go hungry in a world where most of us stuff our faces with regularity?

The fifth annual "Give Me Five: Five Chefs & Five Sommeliers," will be an evening of gourmet food and wine at the Cherokee Town Club in the Buckhead. Beginning with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., guests will enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by top chefs with wine pairings selected by the chefs and sommeliers.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this event, Give Me Five is breaking tradition and involving 10 of Georgia’s best chefs. These include Gary Donlick from Bistro Niko, Chris Hall from Local Three, Todd Mussman from Muss & Turner’s and Local Three, Hector Santiago from Pura Vida, Jay Swift from 4th &  Swift and Hilary White from The Hil as well as several chefs from local country clubs.

Adding to the elegant evening, guests will enjoy a detailed and educational commentary for each wine and food pairing by five of Georgia’s best sommeliers, including Bill Bolin of Bistro Niko, Stephen Clark of The Mansion on Forsyth Park and Seth Roskind of 4th and Swift.

And no charity event would be complete without a live and silent auction featuring a variety of unique items, including some from each participating chef. I know from personal experience that it is very dangerous to go to charity auctions (my last stop at the fundraiser for Hands on Atlanta started with us saying we weren't bidding on anything and ended with us walking away with a trip to Santa Fe, pilates classes, a stay at the Four Seasons, etc). But it's all for a good cause, and these things tend to offer great deals on awesome experiences, so it's all worth it, even if you leave with your wallet notably lighter.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.givemefivedinner.org. For more information about Give Me Five, call 770.436.5151 or e-mail apalestrini@strength.org.



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