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Paradise Plates promises to be a ‘festive’ event

Hands for Hunger celebrates 10 years with marquee fundraising event
Unique and delicious samplings at Paradise Plates 2017. HANDS FOR HUNGER

With multiple surprises in store for this year’s Paradise Plates, Hands for Hunger’s most anticipated charity event is already billed to be the largest in its 10-year history, with organizers promising a ‘festive’ celebration.

Over the years, Paradise Plates has arguably grown to become the foodie event of the year. In 2017, the event attracted more than 1,200 guests. This year organizers are expecting to surpass that number.

“This year we’ve put a little more effort into making sure it’s a memorable experience for all attendees,” Hands for Hunger (H4H) Multimedia Manager Paige Hanna said.

“Entertainment is always a key feature for us at Paradise Plates. We have a lot of prizes and surprises in store for this year.”

Hands for Hunger and its culinary partners promise to take “guests’ taste buds on a tour of the rich and diverse culinary and mixology scene with delicious sample dishes and beverages, while enjoying live entertainment, music and more, all to benefit hunger alleviation and food waste elimination”, according to a press release.

“As the organization recognizes 10 years of service in the community, Paradise Plates 2018 promises to be a festive event.

“We look forward to Paradise Plates every year; it’s become an opportunity to celebrate the milestones we have reached and the community that has supported us in our mission to end hunger in The Bahamas,” said Zeleka Knowles, executive director of Hands for Hunger.

A guest of Paradise Plates
2017 greeted with the sweet music of rake ‘n’ scrape.

And as the guest list grows, so does the number of vendors. This year, Paradise Plates will feature 29 participants, including: #320Nicecream; The Bahamas National Culinary Team; Baccarat French Cuisine; Biggity Bistro & Boutique; Café Madeline at Grand Hyatt; Cleo Mediterraneo; Drifters at Da’ Fry; Fi’Lia by Michael Schwartz; Fish by Jose Andres; Gorsha Ethiopian Eatery; Katsuya by Starck; Le Petit Gourmet; Luciano’s of Chicago; Nobu; Old Fort Bay; Pachi Larrea; Philosophy Smokehouse Bar & Grill; Pink Octopus; Pop Stop; POW; Pulpy Frozen Desserts; Puffee Cotton Candy; Six n Four; Seafire Steakhouse; Studio Café; Vell Monkey Foot; Wild Thyme; and Dunkin’ Donuts.

“Every year the event has grown,” Hanna said. “We have more contributors, more restaurants, more beverage purveyors and more people attending the event. It’s allowed us to do more in the community as can be seen in the growth of the amount of food we collect and number of people we feed year after year.”

One hundred percent of the Paradise Plates proceeds benefit Hands for Hunger’s mission to eliminate hunger and unnecessary food waste in The Bahamas.

In 2017, H4H rescued 250,997 pounds of food, a 10 percent increase over 2016. Atlantis, Dunkin’ Donuts, KFC and Starbucks are the largest food donors.

Hanna said Hands for Hunger’s primary effort is a six-day-per-week food rescue operation that helps to provide over 6,000 meals per week through distribution to over 19 community outreach agencies across New Providence.

JetBlue is this year’s title sponsor of Paradise Plates. The event is also presented by Aliv and TradeZero. Other top sponsoring partners include: Atlantis resort, Zamar Productions, Sign Island and Bahamas Local.

Paradise Plates tickets are now available and can be purchased online at www.handsforhunger.org or in person at the Hands for Hunger office in The New Providence Community Centre on Blake Road and at Bahamas Vision Centre in the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza. Guest experience tickets are $200, VIP experience tickets are $300. All proceeds from this event benefit Hands For Hunger.

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