Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Taste 2017 - Montana Food Bank Fundraiser

The Taste is returning for seconds on March 3, 2017 at Neptune Aviation in Missoula. It's one of the three fundraisers the Montana Food Bank Network organizes annually, and only the second year for The Taste. I was fortunate to attend the event last year and can say it's about as tasty as any event in Montana.

Guests will enjoy over 100 different tastes of deliciously crafted food and drink from over 30 local restaurants, chefs, caterers, breweries, distilleries, wineries and other unique establishments.

Read the description for the Facebook Event:

Establishments providing food tastes include; Good Food Store Missoula, Missoula College Culinary Arts Program, Taste Buds Kitchen Missoula, Sweet Peaks Ice Cream Missoula, The Notorious PIG BBQ, Bravo! Catering, Lolo Peak Brewing Company, Burns St. Bistro, The Resort at Paws Up, The Olde Dairy / The Trough, Orange Street Food Farm, Moxie Nosh, and Green Source Missoula

Drink tastes will be provided by; Bayern Brewing Inc., Katabatic Brewing Company, Wildwood Brewing, Lolo Peak Brewing Company, Great Burn Brewing, Draught Works Brewery, Flathead Lake Brewing Co., Philipsburg Brewing Company, The Highlander Taphouse- Missoula Brewing Company, The Montana Distillery, Whistling Andy Distilling, Rattlesnake Creek Distillers, Spotted Bear Spirits, Headframe Spirits, Montgomery Distillery, Backroad Cider, Mission Mountain Winery, Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery, Missoula Winery and Event Center and The Dog and Bicycle Bakery Cafe

Voting for the Tastiest Taste Awards will be open to all who attend. Categories for the awards include Tastiest food, Tastiest treat, Tastiest beer, Tastiest cocktail and Tastiest wine. Winners of the Tastiest Taste Awards will be announced at the end of the evening.

A silent auction and everybody wins! raffle will have someone for everyone! Baskets, gift cards and other items have been generously donated by Logjam Productions, Southgate Mall, Wingate Missoula MT, Taste Buds Kitchen, Lolo Peak Brewery, Great Burn Brewery, Philipsburg Brewery, Mission Mountain Winery, Good Food Store, Ten Spoon Winery, Bayern brewery, Montana Distillery, Whistling Andy’s Distillery, Rattlesnake Creek Distillers, Missoula Winery and Southgate Mall.

Live music will be performed by local musician Melissa Forrette Music Official.

All proceeds from The Taste will go to support the programs and mission of the Montana Food Bank Network. MFBN works statewide with 150 partner food banks, pantries, homeless shelters, and local youth and community programs. By purchasing a ticket to The Taste. MFBN can provide the same amount of food that would cost $225 in a grocery store.

The work the MFBN does is astounding. As I toured the facility today, I learned that the organization works with 140 partner organizations throughout Montana, from food banks to Boy & Girls Clubs, and any other organization that has a need for food.

The MFBN has spearheaded some excellent programs, including a Grocery Store Rescue program that salvages perishable food items from 60 grocery stores around Montana that would otherwise be thrown away (think produce and breads in particular). Last year alone the group saved 5 million pounds of food from Montana stores and got it to people who needed it.

With the help of the Montana FWP, Hunters Against Hunger helps provide fresh game to those in need. In the last three years the program has operated, over 100,000 pounds of fresh game has been donated from hunters.

The MFBN also runs the Mail-a-Meal program, packing banana boxes with 50 pounds of food and drop shipping them to "food deserts" in the state to people's doorsteps. These "deserts" are homes that are 40 or more miles away from the closest gas station, so foods don't always come easy.

Last year, the Montana Food Bank Network was able to provide 10 million pounds of food for Montanans, and donations to the organization go a long way. For every dollar the MFBN receives, it can turn that into $5 worth of food from a store.

So who's with me in supporting the MFBN this Friday at The Taste? But hurry, there aren't many tickets remaining. You can get them here (or they are $10 more at the door).


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