Next Sunday, Dec. 12, is the third annual Crema Christmas celebration from noon until 6:00. the event focuses on raising money to aid Nashville's homeless community, specifically with the coffee proceeds supporting Safe Haven and People Loving Nashville. Last year Crema donated over $3,000 to charities that assist the homeless, and they hope that 2010 can be even more successful.
From the official announcement:
Local artisans have made homemade accessories (hats, scarves, gloves), and these items will be available for purchase for a homeless individual this holiday season. Those that purchase a homemade item will be able to write a message to the homeless individual that will receive the gift. There will also be other “art” items available for sale: paintings, photos, jewelry and other handmade goods by local artists with proceeds going to each of these organizations.
Second Harvest Food Bank will be the beneficiary of two different fundraisers taking place this month. Rodney Strong Wines is coordinating with many local restaurants and retailers to donate a portion of every purchase to Second Harvest and their efforts to feed 29,000 Middle Tennesseans this holiday season. When you see a Rodney Strong Wine on the wine list or on the shelf at your favorite wine store, pick up a bottle and feel good about yourself. For a list of participating merchants, click here.
Finally, Titans coach Jeff Fisher is taking a break from the stress of this year's drama-filled season to invite you and some of his favorite chefs together for a Wild Game Dinner supporting Second Harvest. The the Fourth Annual “Cooking Wild with Jeff Fisher & Friends” is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank in MetroCenter. The event will feature Coach Fisher and some of his friends, who will team with local professional chefs to produce a five-course meal for an intimate group of only 72 guests who will pay $250 a piece to enjoy the evening of fine food, fine wine, a cocktail reception, dinner and the company of Coach Fisher and friends.
The guest chefs include Freddy Brooker from Miel, Hal Holden-Bache from Eastland Cafe, Daniel Maggipinto from Caffe Nonna, Guerry McComas from Yellow Porch, Jon Vogt from Nick of Thyme, Robbie Piel and Anthony Mandrioti from The Art Institute of Tennessee, and chef and food writer Nancy Vienneau. Mark Rubin and Robert Siegel will also lend their support.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 329-3491 or by visiting www.secondharvestnashville.org.