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Sweets from Frederick’s Pastries at last year’s Gourmet Festival & Auction.” Photo by Anne Grummon.




Gourmet Festival & Auction

When: Sunday, March 22, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Nashua Country Club, 25 Fairway St., Nashua
Tickets: Cost $100. Visit frontdooragency.org/events/25th-annual-gourmet-festival-auction or call 886-2866 to register.




Fine food and fundraising
Gourmet festival and auction supports families in crisis

03/19/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Twenty-seven years ago a few local chefs were invited to a small fundraising event for the Front Door Agency. More than two decades later, more than 20 participating restaurants, bakeries, diners, coffee shops and beverage distributors will serve 300 people at the annual Gourmet Festival & Auction on Sunday, March 22, at 4 p.m.

“The gourmet festival is … our largest event of the year,” Jean Perry, director of development and events, said in a phone interview. 
The festival benefits a number of programs for the Front Door Agency, which provides transitional housing for women and children and helps families and individuals going through a crisis such as homelessness become self-sufficient through education, she said. 
“What really makes it unique is people have the opportunity to just really mix and mingle and walk around and try all the local area restaurants and even talk to the chefs,” Perry said. 
The event will be held at the Nashua Country Club. Representatives from the different food and drink establishments will be spread throughout the facility so guests can explore and enjoy a variety of samples. 
“You get to network with different people and you’re not just sitting at a table in a banquet hall,” Perry said. “You really get to mix and mingle that way.”
Most of the cooking and prep work will be done prior to the event, each restaurant choosing samples that highlight its menu. The majority of the participants are from the greater Nashua area, such as Frederick’s Pastries and Stella Blu, which have been a part of the event for a number of years. Newcomers to the Gourmet Festival & Auction are 110 Grill, Not Your Average Joe’s, Agave Azul, LOCAL Delights Cafe, Ripple Bakery, Shade Bar & Grill, and The Bistro at LaBelle Winery. 
“They’re excited because …  it gives them an opportunity to give back to the community,” Perry said. 
Pine State Beverage and Southern New Hampshire Wine & Spirits of New England will also be at the event, offering samples of wine and rum, respectively. 
To round out the evening, there will be two auctions with prizes ranging from a gift certificate for a massage to a Disney vacation. The live auction features an in-home dinner and wine pairing for eight, a chef-catered Patriots tailgating extravaganza and tickets to see Taylor Swift. The silent auction will feature a number of spa packages, home and pet services and gift certificates to local restaurants. 
“The event supports everything we do to help the people in our community who are looking for a hand-up when they find themselves in a crisis situation,” Perry said.  
 
As seen in the March 19, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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