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Cupcakes 101 bring sweetness to Homeward Bound 2013. Courtesy photo.




4th Annual Homeward Bound Food and Beverage Festival

When: Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. 
Where: Radisson Hotel Nashua Ballroom, 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua
Cost: $50 individual, $90 couple. Register online at annemariehouse.org/events/homewardbound

 





Festival with a focus
Food and beverages event helps end homelessness

11/27/14
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 If your dream is to taste everything from whiskey to samosas at the same time and place, then the fourth annual Homeward Bound Food and Beverage Festival is for you. Hosted by Anne-Marie House, the festival will feature samples of signature items from a variety of local establishments on Thursday, Dec., 4, at 6 p.m. in Nashua.

“We have food and beverage partners [that] include wineries, breweries, meaderies, [and] this year we have whiskey and spirits,” said Amy Freise, event coordinator for Anne-Marie House. 
An affiliate of Family Promise, Anne-Marie House provides homes to families and children who have experienced homelessness. 
Festival vendors will bring samples of their signature items to showcase their best dishes to the community. 
“We draw on all kinds of restaurants in the area and we have a full meal: appetizers and main dishes and desserts,” Freise said. “The nice thing about this area is we constantly have new places opening up.” 
New to the festival this year are Fulchino Vineyard, Djinn Spirits, Cava de Vino, jajaBelle’s pastry & Coffee Shop, Noodles and Company, Red Sauce Ristorante, Udupi Indian Restaurant, You-You Japanese Bistro, and Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt.
“We try to make it fun … make it diverse,” Freise said.
Tables will be set up around the perimeter of the room so “people can wander and sample,” Freise said. “[They] can pick and choose and go back.”
 Each person will receive a menu and beverage list at registration to help navigate the food spread. If one particular item jumps out at you, make a note and double back after you’ve finished the tasting process.
While the cuisine is the main focus of the festival, two auctions will be held as well. 
“The silent auction has about 300 items that are still coming in,” Freise said. 
Donated items from local businesses, community members and religious organizations include gourmet goodie baskets, tickets for dinner and a show, Ray-Ban sunglasses, handmade wooden bowls and golf clubs.
There will also be a live auction with larger items to bid on such as a diamond necklace, three-night stay at a golf resort in Myrtle Beach, and a one-week stay at a condo in Orlando, Florida.
Proceeds from the festival help sustain Anne-Marie House’s programs and operating costs. 
“It’s called Homeward Bound because Anne-Marie House provides a ‘home for now.’” Freise said. “The name [means] we’re trying to get everyone to a home of their own. All of our guests are homeward bound.” 
 
As seen in the November 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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