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Foodie Philanthropy reports record fundraising

Written by Mindia Whittier

The funds will be used to serve women and children that have suffered abuse.

Foodie Philanthropy announced the annual one-night fundraising event, held this year on Feb. 26, generated a record amount in support of its 2022 charity of choice.

As the beneficiary, Methodist Justice Ministry (MJM) received $69,300 to support its mission of providing free legal representation and ongoing support for individuals who have experienced neglect and domestic violence.

The mission of Foodie Philanthropy is bringing together like-minded foodies for philanthropic causes. The nonprofit supports charitable organizations by hosting a dinner at various restaurants on one night each year. In contrast to the standard gala dinner concept, each participating restaurant donates a table of 10, which includes a chef-curated three-course meal with wine or drink pairings.

Tables are hosted by corporate and community leaders who encourage friends, clients and colleagues to dine with them at the participating restaurant. Patrons can host a full table, or purchase individual seats at the restaurant of their choice if available. After dinner, all Foodies meet at an after-party to share their culinary experiences. Tickets can be purchased to attend the after party only. Funds from the table, seat and ticket purchases are donated to that year’s chosen charitable recipient.

More than 400 diners participated in the 2022 event. Participating restaurants included:

  • B&B Butchers & Restaurant
  • Bonnell’s Fine Cuisine
  • Clay Pigeon Food & Drink
  • The Capital Grille
  • Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
  • Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine
  • Ellerbe Fine Foods
  • Feastivities Gourmet-toGo Market
  • Fort Brewery & Pizza
  • Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Fort Worth
  • il Modo
  • Joe T. Garcia’s
  • La Onda
  • Magdalena’s
  • Pearl Snap Kolaches
  • Piattello Italian Kitchen
  • Provender Hall
  • Reata Restaurant
  • Rise Souffle
  • Savor Culinary Services
  • Shinjuku Station
  • Stone House Restaurant Colleville
  • Taste Project
  • Tinie’s Mexican Cuisine
  • Tokyo Cafe
  • Toro Toro
  • Vibe Taco
  • Waters Restaurant
  • Wishbone & Flynt
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Seats went on sale in January and costs ranged from $75 to $250, depending upon the restaurant and menu being served. Additional tickets for the after party, which was held at Wild Acre Brewing Company with musical guest Brad Thompson, were $40 each.

“We are extremely grateful to the restaurants for continuing to support this event and all of the Foodies that gathered around these tables in support of Methodist Justice Ministry,” said Joanna Crain, Co-Founder of Foodie Philanthropy.

MJM is the only pro bono legal organization in Tarrant County that accepts the sometimes complicated cases that nearly always require a tremendous amount of time researching and securing documentation to present in court.

The agency also provides counseling and financial assistance to ensure a successful transition for clients into a safe and nurturing home environment. MJM reports that about 80 percent of its cases assist abused children, with the remainder providing legal representation for both parent and child.

Since its founding, Foodie Philanthropy has raised more than $345,000 to help charitable organizations in greater Fort Worth. Previous beneficiaries have included Girls, Inc. of Tarrant County, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, the Hope Center for Autism, The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation, and The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever, which benefited more than 20 local organizations with matching funds.

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Mindia Whittier