My Fellow Ho’s,
I had this thought before the winter holidays, then I got distracted and caught up in the holidays and never did any follow up. I have officially contacted the venue and they are interested, so before I bite off more than I can chew and waste a lot of time and/or money I wanted to first float the idea to all of you and see what kind of interest there will be in an event of this nature.
As you all know we are a rather social board, we have numerous social events or “Ho’Downs” as we affectionately call them. These have led to several real life friendships which I truly value, however I thought perhaps we could use these Ho’downs for a higher cause so this is what I’m presenting to gauge interest in this within our community:
The First Annual Food(ies) for Thought. (working title)
When: TBD (most likely 60-90 days out during a weeknight)
Where: Jon Bon Jovi’s – Soul Kitchen, Red Bank, NJ
For those of you who aren’t familiar Jon Bon Jovi of rock-n-roll fame owns and operates two restaurants in Red Bank and Toms River NJ. The concept of the restaurant is there is NO-PAYMENT required for a meal. When you dine there you are requested to leave a donation for the meal, or if you are incapable of leaving such a donation, then volunteering some time will suffice. The recommended donation is $ 20. per meal, most meals are 3 courses from a limited menu that changes frequently if not weekly.
I met with a representative / manager of the Red Bank restaurant about renting the venue for a Ho’down! (I would need to guarantee between 20-30 RSVP’s to do this) I would request a donation of $50 per person (including tax and tips) for the 3 course meal, which is “free”. ALL PROCEEDS will go to the Soul Kitchen Foundation. Depending on the amount of interest in attending the event, I might try to get some corporate sponsorship as well, like asking Circus Liquors of Red Bank to donate some wine etc.
The primary focus for now is how many of you would be willing to donate $ 50 pp for the first annual Ho’down charitable event, which would include a 3 course dinner? Again all proceeds will go towards the cause. Please reply with your potential interest.
Thank you and warmest regards to you all.