Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2016) – Eddie Fink has once again called on the area’s best chefs, restaurants, caterers and others in the local food and beverage industry, who have been supporting the fight against hunger with an annual fundraising event in Jacksonville for more than 20 years, to return with 3Squares on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center Grand Lobby – with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the community’s food bank – Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL).
Many of the area’s finest are taking part in the event. VIP tickets are $100 per person, and include a private food and wine tasting at 5:30 p.m., and general admission tickets are $70 for 6 p.m. admission to the event. Tickets can be purchased at www.3squaresjax.com, www.feedingnortheastflorida/events.org or by calling 904-201-4416.
Some of the restaurants featured this year include b.b’s, The Cake Shop of San Jose, Southern Charm (formerly Checker’s BBQ), China Mist Tea Co., The Fish Company, FSCJ Culinary School, GOS Fine Wine & Spirits, Grape & Grain Exchange, The Grotto, Institution Ale Works, The Loop Pizza Grill, Mai Qui Gourmet Catering, Mark’s Downtown, MochaRita’s Deli, The Melting Pot, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, North Beach Bistro, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Pizza Palace, Ragtime, River City Brewing Co., Seven Bridges, Sticky Fingers, TacoLu and Tres Leches.
Local band The Firewater Tent Revival also returns to provide live entertainment.
Tickets include access to all participating restaurants and open bars throughout the venue. Fink is still finalizing the list of participants for the second-annual food and spirits gala, and sponsorships are still available.
“There are only 1,000 tickets available, which allows us to prevent over-crowding and long lines, so guests are urged to get tickets early as we don’t over-sell the event,” Fink said. “The restaurants and other participants, as well as guests, all appreciate this because it helps maintain the quality of the show.”
Feeding Northeast Florida President and CEO Luke Layow says the event offers a great way for people to support the fight against hunger in the area.
“If you’re a foodie, or you know someone who is, it’s a fun way to support the very serious fight against hunger in our community, where one-in-six people – 57 percent of them working families – struggle to put food on the table every day,” Layow said.
Fink started supporting the local food pantry in 1989, serving as a member of a local committee of chefs and restaurant owners who wanted to give back to the community. Fink serves as the committee chairman for 3Squares, local artist Bob Conrad handles graphic design and Jim Mace, a member of the original committee in 1989, manages operations and logistics of the event including setup and breakdown.
To learn more about how to join the fight to solve hunger in northeast Florida, visit www.feedingnefl.org or contact 904-513-1333.