The HOT ticket fundraising party
The Lady’s Band and Essence Band will rock the foyer welcoming guests into the hot ticket fundraising party and set the stage for tomorrow’s unique culinary experience that is Paradise Plates, at which 40 of the island’s talented chefs and beverage purveyors host a unique booth and showcase signature creations in a night that is all about culinary compassion, with proceeds going directly to Hands For Hunger and towards the organization’s mission.
Once inside the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis, international DJ Nikki Kynard takes control of the musical vibes with a two-hour set on the turntable from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by DJ Cleancut until 10 p.m. with D.J. Ignite holding court from 10 p.m. until the bewitching midnight hour.
Interspersed throughout the evening will be entertainment from The Coffee Lady – Wine Art (painting with wine), Allan Wallace with his live coffee art, Stefen Legend’s live painting, Island Gal Henna tattoo art, WayneHead caricature art, Picturesque photo booth and cigar rolling provided by Graycliff. And in true Bahamian fashion, the festivities aren’t complete unless there’s a Junkanoo rushout; and Stan Burnside’s Junkanoo group will satisfy the appetite for this Bahamian staple entertainment.
Along with top notch entertainment in its 11th year, Paradise Plates will showcase food and beverage from top outlets – 3 Tides, Café Madeleine, Café Martinique, Carna by Dario Cecchini, Cleo Mediterraneo, Drifters at da Fry, Fi’lia, Fish, Flying Fish, Katsuya, Le Petit Gourmet, Luciano’s, Mexicaba, The New Duff, Nobu, Pink Octopus, Regatta, Shuang Ba, Wild Thyme, Aquapure Water, Aliv, Bahama Barrels by Graycliff, Bacardi (Bristol), Bristol Wines & Spirits, Courvousier (Bristol), Cuba Libre, Dasani (Caribbean Bottling), Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits, John Watling’s Distillery, Liquid Courage, Louis & Steens, Pirate Republic, Sands Beer, Young’s Fine Wine, Yummy Sky Juice, Cheesecake Heaven, Dunkin’, Graycliff Chocolate Factory, Pop Stop, Puffee Gourmet Cotton Candy and Pulpy Frozen Desserts.
Island chic dress code will be the order for the evening that will showcase a boho chic décor element. Tickets are $200 per guest which includes the all-inclusive party (8 p.m. to midnight), access to over 40 of the island’s top food and beverage purveyors, live entertainment and professional green carpet photo opportunity; or a $300 premium ticket which includes the aforementioned as well as exclusive early access (7 p.m.), an exclusive gift bag, specialty tastings and an early networking opportunity.
One of the exciting features of Paradise Plates is always the raffle due to the quality of items on the ticket with this year the top three prizes encompassing airfare and travel opportunities – two roundtrip tickets to any JetBlue destination plus a three-day/two-night stay at the Doubletree Hilton in Manhattan, New York City; two roundtrip tickets to any JetBlue destination plus a three-day/two-night stay at the Doubletree Hilton Washington, D.C.; and a three-day/two-night stay in Harbour Island, Eleuthera, at Romora Bay Resort plus two roundtrip ferry tickets on Bahamas Ferries. Stays at hotels internationally and locally, along with a designer bag, boat trip and coffee maker, round out the 16 prizes to be given away during the raffle dra wing at 11 p.m.; and you don’t have to attend Paradise Plates to give yourself a chance at winning as tickets can be purchased online at the Hands for Hunger site at handsforhunger.org/product/2019-h4h-raffle-ticket.
Paradise Plates, which has been in existence since 2009, is the signature fundraising event for Hands for Hunger. The donations go directly to the mission of Hands for Hunger, allowing them to keep their trucks on the road six days a week each year.
Hands for Hunger (H4H) was started by a group of Bahamian students, led by Alanna Rodgers in early 2008. The students were committed to making a difference in The Bahamas. The inspiration came from the critical realization that an incredible amount of unspoiled food was thrown away daily by restaurants, hotels and other local vendors; meanwhile, countless people struggled to secure their next meal. Hands for Hunger became the bridge between people who had fresh, surplus food and the people who needed it. The goal is a transformed Bahamas where everyone has access to three nutritious and fortifying meals each day.
When: Saturday, December 7
Where: Imperial Ballroom, Atlantis
Time: 8 p.m. – midnight
Tickets: $200 per guest, includes all-inclusive party (8 p.m. to midnight), access to over 40 of the island’s top food and beverage purveyors, live entertainment and professional green carpet photo opportunity; or $300 per guest for premium, includes all of the aforementioned as well as exclusive early access (7 p.m.), exclusive gift bag, specialty tastings and early networking opportunity.
Ticket locations: Hands for Hunger office, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road; Bahamas Vision Centre, Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza; or online at handsforhunger.org/paradise plates
Food and beverage purveyors
Carna by Dario Cecchini
Drifters at da Fry
Le Petit Gourmet
The New Duff
Bahama Barrels by Graycliff
Bristol Wines & Spirits
Dasani (Caribbean Bottling)
Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits
John Watling’s Distillery
Louis & Steens
Young’s Fine Wine
Yummy Sky Juice
Graycliff Chocolate Factory
Puffee Gourmet Cotton Candy
Pulpy Frozen Desserts
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