The 42,000 pounds of food Mill Village Farms has given to needy families in Greenville County since the pandemic began is only the beginning of fulfilling the growing need.
“The need for healthy food in communities has exponentially grown,” says Dan Weidenbenner, executive director of the nonprofit that supports families in food-insecure areas of the county.
He says what started out as 300 food boxes provided by Mill Village every other week has become 800 boxes each week.
”The fundraising need is equally as huge,” he says.
A phone call to longtime restaurant partner and Table 301 founder Carl Sobocinski resulted in a the swift creation and execution of the Mill Village Farms’ Culinary Concert, a fundraiser that will provide hundreds more boxes and allow the non-profit to continue offering families the current level of support.
On May 18, at 6:30 p.m., Sobocinski, along with Table 301 corporate chef Rodney Freidank and singer-songwriter Edwin McCain, will both entertain and educate participants during a virtual interactive dinner fundraiser.
“We’ve been partnering with them for years on various initiatives like a summer program teaching kids healthy meal cooking,” Sobocinski says. “Mill Village has a great mission that gives back to the people who need it most in our community. To partner with them by feeding people and offering virtual hospitality all while hearing live music from Edwin — this was a no-brainer for us.”
The Culinary Concert will feature Sobocinski and Freidank cooking a three-course dinner as participants follow along at home, and McCain will play favorite tunes throughout the evening.
For $150, each package will include ingredients to prepare an appetizer, main dish, and dessert for two with a cocktail pairing from Southern Pressed Juicery and bottle of wine, along with table decor and accessories, much like the annual Mill Village Farms Sunday Supper event. During registration, participants will be able to choose either roasted pork tenderloin for two or a vegetarian/vegan meal for two with options for gluten-free as well.
Prior to the May 18 event, Audi Greenville will deliver prepaid Culinary Concert packages, or they can be picked up at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery.
From each package purchased, $100 will go directly toward providing 10 food boxes to families.
“We’re in awe of the load people are carrying right now,” Weidenbenner says. “Imagine being a mom and not having an income and having to feed your family. Being able to provide a healthy food box — we’re really grateful we can do that.”
For more information or to register by the May 13 deadline, visit CulinaryConcert.org.