Foodie culture can sometimes be tinged with entitlement, served with a little side of elitism. And let's face it, snobbery doesn't taste good. Here are a few ways to eat great and do something nice for somebody else at the same time.
We're always lamenting how nobody does dinner parties anymore, but we get it: They're expensive and a lot of work. So, what if you could pay a reasonable amount of money to go to a dinner party, and then the bulk of that money would go to a charity that you believe in? Sounds cool, right? Well, you can.
Eat for Equity is a network of individuals who throw dinner parties in private homes for a suggested donation of $15-$20, though more is welcome. Hosts and cooks volunteer their time, and if you would rather volunteer your time in the kitchen, that is also a welcome way to participate. Get an invite, or volunteer to host a dinner at your own home, by signing up at the Eat for Equity web page. Because the dinners are held at private homes, you must join the network first and receive an invitation to the event.
Kids, farming, going out to eat. You love them all, so this one is easy. Dine out at any of the below establishments, and that establishment will either donate a portion of the proceeds to Youth Farm, or allow you to make a donation beneath the tip line. Youth Farm is an organization that teaches kids leadership and community skill through gardens and greenhouses.
Youth Farm also has an annual event worthy of a save-the-date. Taste of the Farm celebrates the work of the kids. The fundraising dinner takes place on the farm, Sunday, September 18. Additional information here.
Keep an eye on the "Birchwood Boost," when the Birchwood collaborates with a rotating cast of organizations to raise awareness, money, and engagement. Every two months they'll change causes. Events include movie nights, dinners, meetings, and more. The current partner is Right to Know Minnesota, organizing for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food in Minnesota.
Community Homestead is a working farm that is also home to individuals with diverse developmental abilities and disabilities and their families. Located in the farming community of Osceola, Wisconsin, the homestead stresses community life and common meals. They offer a variety of ways to support the farm, but we highly recommend attending one of their events, which take advantage of the incredible landscape and delicious food raised and grown on the farm. The annual pig roast takes place on Saturday, August 20 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and includes food, music, and a bunch of fun family events. $15 for adults and $8 for kids. More information here.
Allan Law's Minneapolis Recreational Development Inc. is a mouthful of a name for a group with a very simple mission: to get sandwiches to hungry people. To date, Law and his volunteers have provided over half a million sandwiches to people in Minneapolis who are homeless or hungry, and he continues do do so night after night as his life's mission. You can help by signing up to help make sandwiches here. What could be easier?