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Last year’s Homeward Bound Food and Drink Festival to benefit the Anne-Marie House. Courtesy photo.




Homeward Bound Food & Beverage Festival

Where: Radisson Hotel Nashua Ballroom, 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua
When: Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $75, purchase online 
Visit: annemariehouse.org/events/homewardbound

Participating beverage producers: 
Djinn Spirits
Flag Hill Distillery & Winery
Loyal Dog Winery
Martha’s Exchange
Moonlight Meadery
Rockingham Brewery
Sweet Baby Vineyards
Zorvino Vineyards
Participating restaurants: 
110 Grill
Burtons Grill of Nashua
Cupcakes 101
Fratello’s Italian Grille of Nashua
Great NH Restaurants (T-Bones & Cactus Jack’s)
The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
NoLo Bistro & Bar
Riverside Barbeque Company
Shade Bar & Grill
Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt
Triolo’s Bakery
The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
Udupi Indian Restaurant
You You Japanese Bistro




Taste of home
Local restaurants, beverage producers featured at tasting

11/24/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Spend an evening sampling food and drink from some of the best local restaurants and beverage producers at the sixth annual Homeward Bound Food and Beverage Festival, happening Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Radisson Hotel Nashua. About two dozen vendors will be featured, along with silent and live auctions, presentations, music, games and more. 

Hosted by Family Promise of Greater Nashua, the tasting is the largest annual fundraiser benefiting the Anne-Marie House, a housing facility that seeks to help families experiencing homelessness in the greater Nashua area as they work toward independence and a sustainable income. 
“It’s not like your typical fundraiser where you sit down and listen to a speaker and don’t move,” said Amy Freise, director of development and marketing for the Anne-Marie House. “People can walk around and try different samples and compare them with their friends, like, ‘I like this,’ or ‘Go try that.’ It’s a really fun and festive evening.” 
This year’s participants include local distilleries, wineries and vineyards, a brewery and a meadery, as well as restaurants serving grill and tavern food and ethnic eats like Indian, Mexican and Japanese, and bakeries bringing some sweet treats and baked goods. Guests will have the chance to try signature appetizers, entrees and desserts that are either existing dishes on a vendor’s menu or specially created for the tasting to represent a vendor’s style of cuisine. 
“We try to mix it up every year and bring in different [vendors] and a bunch of different types of food so people can try things they haven’t had before,” Freise said. “You get to experience a whole meal as you taste, for sure.” 
Beverage tasting cups and a menu listing all of the food and drinks featured at the event will be provided to each guest so they can make notes of the vendors and samples they liked — a useful reference for the holiday season, Freise said. 
Freise said the event has been “getting a reputation” and growing more every year, which she attributes to its social and interactive quality. 
“Guests have a great time talking with people from restaurants and vineyards and [distilleries] and learning more about what they produce and how they produce it,” she said, “and our food and beverage partners love talking about it, too, so everyone has a good time.” 
A silent auction will be going on throughout the tasting, and later in the evening, guests will be asked to convene for a live auction with items like tickets for the NASCAR Racing Experience and the Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, trips to New York City and Florida and more. Finally, one of the graduates of the Anne-Marie House program will share their success story and talk about the fundraising mission. 





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