TEXARKANA, Ark. -- The Harvest Regional Food Bank will kick off the spring season with its 17th annual Wine & Jazz Gala on March 31.
The jazz-themed gala fundraiser's proceeds benefit Harvest Regional Food Bank in its fight against food insecurity of children, families and seniors. The food bank serves 10 counties, and every dollar raised will go toward providing for the area.
"This event invites attendees to enjoy expertly selected wine and gourmet food pairings while enjoying live jazz music by Candace Taylor and Trio, a silent auction, and a live painting that will be auctioned off. Wines will be paired with each gourmet item prepared by some of the area's top chefs," said Camille Wrinkle, Harvest's executive director.
One in five people in our area is food insecure, and one in four of those Harvest serves is a child under age 18, Wrinkle said. Money raised at the event will support feeding programs including mobile pantries, summer feeding, a backpack for kids program and senior nutrition programs.
"One of the things that make this event so great is that we invite local celebrity chefs to bring some of their signature dishes, and we pair those with an expertly chosen wine. We have chefs coming from Naaman's BBQ, Julie's Deli, Verona's Bistro, Benchmark and Twisted Fork Grill," Wrinkle said.
Wrinkle expressed gratitude to presenting sponsor Patterson Troike Foundation and Harvest's champagne sponsors.
Harvest Regional Food Bank has helped feed Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas families for over 30 years, according to its website.
(The 17th annual Wine & Jazz Gala is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Silvermoon on Broad, 217 W. Broad St. Tickets are $75 and available at 870-774-1398 or harvestregionalfoodbank.org/wine-and-jazz/.)