By Jim Walker
Downtown Memphis’ Bleu Restaurant was the destination for big hearts and good times on Sunday, Nov. 13, as the annual Do Good With Food fund-and-food-raiser brought in 212 pounds of protein and nearly $1,400 for the Mid-South Food Bank. And, at this writing, money was still coming in.
“I received a check just this morning,” organizer Marcy Siebert said on Nov. 20, a full week after the event.
Gorgeous weather and a giving spirit brought out nearly 60 guests for the noon-to-3 p.m. brunch, where they enjoyed great food and fine hospitality at Bleu, enlivened by the excellent music of local favorites Pam and Terry. A good time was had by all, with several of the attendees, including Siebert, unwilling to give up the party until after the sun went down.
“Many bottles of champagne were consumed,” Siebert noted proudly. And she added, “Bleu was such a generous host, and the entertaining was easy, which made for a delightful afternoon for all – and it was all for a good cause.”
She pointed out that both the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the South Main Association generously donated funds to the food bank, as organizations, and that numerous individuals from both associations, and their friends, did likewise. And, of course, the monetary donations were accompanied by heavyweight donations of nonperishable food.
David Stephens, the Mid-South Food Bank’s Community Relations Manager, said that the 212 pounds of food brought in through the event translates into 177 meals, and that the $1,400 raised translates into another 4,200 meals. In thanking Siebert, he said, “So, your efforts so far are that 4,377 people will receive their next meal. What a blessing!”
“Look for this event to be even better next year,” Siebert said.
For more information on the Mid-South Food Bank visit www.midsouthfoodbank.org.