The most talked about foodie event on the island, the 11th annual Paradise Plates, is set for this weekend at the iconic Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.
Ed Fields, Atlantis’ senior vice president, public affairs, said the resort has forged a relationship over the years with Hands for Hunger that is beyond excellent, so much so that their signature event is called Paradise Plates, which he said indicates the commitment that both parties have to each other. Fields said he is excited that Hands for Hunger has chosen Atlantis once again to host this unique culinary experience.
“We would have it no other way; that’s why it’s called Paradise Plates. It would be out of place anywhere else,” Fields said. “The event keeps getting bigger and better and is generally sold out and we expect that trend will continue.”
Fields also expressed how important it was for Atlantis to play a role in helping to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste.
“It’s almost cliché, but we are entrenched in this community like no other corporate entity,” he said. “Our team membership of 7,500 does not allow us to separate ourselves from this community. Hands for Hunger is a significant contributor to the welfare of this community, and we are happy to be a part of it.”
This year’s Paradise Plates event will feature three of Atlantis’ finest gourmet restaurants: NOBU, Fish and Café Martinique.
Paige Hanna, Hands for Hunger multimedia manager, said the organization was delighted to partner once again with Atlantis to host this year’s event, which will feature a Boho Chic theme.
“Atlantis has been a strong partner of ours since inception – first, as a food donor to our food rescue operation, then naturally as the home of Paradise Plates. We’ve worked with Atlantis since 2009 from the Crown Ballroom to the Imperial Ballroom and we are proud to see how our partnership and event has grown over the years.
“Every year Atlantis has been a stronghold for Paradise Plates, not only providing a beautiful location for the event, but also some of its top players in the culinary department. This year we’re excited to welcome for the first time Café Martinique,” said Hanna.
Hanna said the goal this year is to offer guests an opportunity to party with a purpose.
“Ultimately, we hope that that those in attendance will consider supporting Hands for Hunger long after the party is done,” she said.