Second Helpings and Human Services and Philanthropy

Second Helpings replaces gala with 'Harvest at Home' event

July 27, 2009

Fans of the annual food-and-wine extravaganza Harvest will have to venture to the east side this year if they want to sample creations by the city’s top chefs.

Harvest is a fund-raiser for the food-rescue organization Second Helpings, which has decided this is not the time for glitzy galas. Second Helpings has moved the event from the usual Ritz-Charles in Carmel to its own kitchen and food pantry at 1121 Southeastern Ave.

The event, dubbed “Harvest at Home,” is Aug. 29.

“This is a real opportunity to remove the barrier that often exists between gala events and the organizations who benefit from the events,” Second Helpings CEO Cindy Hubert said.

Second Helpings uses donated food to prepare hot meals for the hungry and offers job-training in the process.

Harvest attracted about 600 people last year and netted $80,000. Second Helpings expects the same size crowd this year.

The event still promises a high-end smorgasbord. R Bistro, Fleming’s Steakhouse and Best Chocolate in Town are a few of the restaurants already in the lineup. Tickets will be less expensive, $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Last year tickets were $75 and $100.

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