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Enjoy bites from local restaurants at the Gourmet Festival & Auction. Kristin Hardwick photo.




28th Gourmet Festival and Auction

When: Sunday, March 20, at 4 p.m.
Where: Nashua Country Club, 25 Fairway St., Nashua
Tickets: $100 per person
Visit: gourmetfestival.eventbrite.com




Go gourmet
Festival and auction returns to Nashua

03/10/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 Just shy of the three-decade mark, the Front Door Agency’s Gourmet Festival & Auction returns for the 28th year on Sunday, March 20, inviting guests to sample from local eateries and support the agency’s transitional housing programs.

Jean Perry, director of development and events, said in a phone interview that the festival and auction was first held only a year after the agency was developed, before big gala-type events became popular.
“It’s our largest fundraising event. … About 300 people attend at the country club, and between 20 and 25 chefs, bakers and beverage [vendors],” she said. “It’s a great event because the whole community comes together and you get the wonderful support from the restaurants in the area.”
For the first time in a number of years the event will have a theme — “there’s no place like home,” which Perry said relates to what the agency does. 
“[It] tied in well with our mission of helping individuals and families become self-sustainable,” she said.
Different touches throughout the evening will point back to the theme, like a yellow brick road signifying the path to self-sufficiency and hot air balloons that represent Dorothy going home and finding security. Even though the overall event has a theme, the food and drinks offered are chosen by the participating eateries, which have the chance to showcase their best and most popular items. Some of the 25 eateries at this year’s festival, like MT Dining Group and Celebrations Distinctive Catering, have been part of the festival since Year 1, while others like Riverside Barbeque, Fratello’s Italian Grille and Cucina Toscana are joining for the first time.
“We actually let them [restaurants] get creative and really try new things and you know it’s fantastic because people get to interact with the chefs personally whereas normally they wouldn’t be able to,” Perry said. “They like the personal connection, and the chefs like to be able to have that personal connection with people as well.”
Most of the chefs represent greater Nashua area restaurants, though there are a few from Manchester and Amherst, like LaBelle Winery.
A separate dessert room will feature selections from Cruzin Cakes Shop and Sub Zero Ice Cream. 
This year’s live auction features 20 items and the silent auction has over 100 items. 





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