Eight local chefs from some of Greenville’s best restaurants came together at Zen and faced-off in a friendly competition at the 2018 Taste of the Upstate New Orleans Jazz & Gospel Brunch. The restaurants featured were Biscuit Head, Good Life Catering, Local Cue Game and Sports Bar, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Roost, Smoke on the Water, Table 301 Catering & Kitchen and Wild Ace Pizza & Pub.
Roost took home the coveted Best Presentation and International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) Best Overall award. Biscuit Head landed the Best New Orleans Theme award; Table 301 Catering & Kitchen Tasso and crawfish sweet potato hash topped with poached egg and Cajun hollandaise won Best Originality award; and newcomer, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, won the People’s Choice award.
For $40 guests enjoyed tastes of everything from shrimp and grits to crawfish and alligator pot sticker turtle soup sauce, great live music from Greenville Jazz Collective, St. Anthony of Padua Male Chorus and live painting from local artist Dumah Morgan. All funds raised from ticket sales, silent auction sales, raffle tickets and donations totaled just over $33,000 which fund the local mission of Loaves & Fishes – rescuing food and reducing hunger in Greenville County.
“The $33,000 we raised equates to approximately 132,000 meals that will be served in our community – from food that would have ended up in a landfill,” says Will Hodge, Vice Chair of Loaves & Fishes’ Board of Directors. “Loaves & Fishes has been known for multiplying available resources and great collaborative efforts in Greenville County for 26 years so, it’s no surprise that our most recent fundraising event, Taste of the Upstate, successfully continued those efforts in a way that will ultimately feed thousands,” commented Breean O’Neill, Loaves & Fishes.
About Loaves & Fishes
Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization that reduces hunger in Greenville County through rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to nearly 100 partner organizations for distribution to those in need. Founded in 1991, we serve as a vital conduit through which businesses can contribute to the community in a meaningful way and surplus food can be maximized. Our goal is to eliminate food insecurity among our neighbors by working to ensure no good food goes to waste. For more information, please call 864-232-3595 or visit www.loavesandfishesgreenville.org.