Giving back can be fun and tasty, too, as Hudson’s Anne-Marie House proves each year during its Homeward Bound Food and Drink Festival. The evening benefits the local organization and allows guests to sample the flavors of local food and beverage purveyors.
“During the event, the food and beverage partners are going to be stationed all around the ballroom, and they’re each bringing a sampling of what they think represents them best,” Sherry Dutzy, Anne-Marie House interim director of development said. “It’s an opportunity to learn about Anne-Marie House, have a great evening out [and] get some gifts for the holidays.”
The third annual Homeward Bound event is on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua.
Throughout the evening, guests can mingle between the tables and taste dishes from local restaurants, like Mexican from Margarita’s, comfort food from Homestead Restaurant in Merrimack and Thai food from Sweet Ginger.
Other local restaurants include Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse, Stella Blu of Nashua and Cupcakes 101 of Bedford.
“It makes a lot of fun for the guests because they get to sample a bunch of stuff they might not have tried before,” said Amy Freise, chair of the event’s Food and Drink Committee. “It is growing bigger every year. We have more guests that can attend and more food and beverage partners every year. Every year we try to up the ante.”
Along with the restaurants’ samplings, guests will be able to taste offerings from New Hampshire food purveyors like Michele’s Sweet Shoppe, Aissa Sweets, Simply Delish and A&E Coffee Roastery. Local vineyards and microbreweries will also be attending, including Grape Time Winery, Candia Vineyards, Moonlight Meadery, LaBelle Winery, White Birch Brewing and Martha’s Exchange.
Each of the stations will feature some part of the meal, from sweets and entrées to appetizers, including cheese from Cabot, salsa from Kick Ass Salsa and baguettes from Panera Bread.
“It really is the signature fundraiser of the year for Anne-Marie House,” Dutzy said. “There will be many ways for people to support Anne-Marie House throughout the evening.”
There will be both a silent and a live auction, with gift baskets, art and even some items from the vendors present for the tasting. An Angel Donation Tree will be on display for guests to place a donation for each ornament.
Anne-Marie House benefits children and families of greater Nashua experiencing homelessness.
The organization provides safe transitional housing and basic needs for families as well as support services, parenting skills and financial literacy programs.
“To be able to come into a clean, secure, safe environment and get that burden off your shoulders is just overwhelming,” Dutz said. “And they not only get that but they get love, support, and encouragement. … The goal of Anne-Marie House is for everybody to leave here with the skills and the financial abilities to be able to support themselves for the rest of their lives. Homeward Bound is really
Appeared in the Nov. 28, 2013 issue of the Hippo