Organizers were still counting the receipts this morning, several days after 20 homes in the Washington area hosted intimate fundraising dinners for Martha’s Table and D.C. Central Kitchen. The early numbers looked good.
Joan Nathan — who co-hosts the annual Sunday Night Suppers and Saturday Night Sips with Jose Andres and Alice Waters — says that to date the Jan. 21-22 events have grossed about $235,000, with more checks still rolling in. About $15,000 to $20,000 of the total raised will go toward expenses, she says, leaving more than $210,000 to split between the two charities.
“Last year it was $150,000, so everybody’s thrilled,” Nathan says about executives at Martha’s Table and D.C. Central Kitchen. “I think what they’re really happy with is what it does for both of these organizations.”
And what the events do, Nathan says, is provide an informal setting to discuss the organizations and their work fighting homelessness and poverty.
After the jump, get an inside look at the dinner hosted by Eric Michael, owner of Occasions Caterers, and former chef Craig Kruger. Their dinner was prepared by Cork Wine Bar chef Rob Weland and Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch in Martha’s Vineyard; it was attended by Nathan, Waters and some Very Important People Who Cannot Be Named Under Threat of IRS Audit.