A who’s who of Triangle chefs and beverage professionals are teaming up for a benefit dinner to raise funds for Planned Parenthood of the South Atlantic.
The Sustenance for the Resistance dinner will be held at Durham event space The Rickhouse on Tuesday, April 11. A VIP hour is at 6 p.m. General admission is at 7 p.m.
The group is led by Jim Stock of Haw River Wine Man and Chef Andrea Reusing of Lantern and The Durham Hotel with assistance from event planner Grace Beason of Grace Leisure Events. The group hopes to build on long-standing partnerships between Planned Parenthood and area restaurants, Stock said in an email.
“Given the current political situation, and the large target on Planned Parenthood’s back, Andrea and I thought this would be a good year to step up and do a little more for this organization to which we have lent our support over the years,” Stock wrote.
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“We both desired to do something beyond the the typical wine dinner, and to try and get more people involved in the effort.”
And they certainly did get more people. The list of participating chefs and vendors includes an array of Triangle food luminaries: James Beard Award nominees and winners along with others who have received acclaim. . In addition to Reusing, who won a James Beard at Lantern, the roster includes chefs Matt Kelly (Mateo Tapas), Bill Smith (Crook’s Corner), Vivian Howard (Chef and the Farmer), Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner and others), Cheetie Kumar (Garland), Ricky Moore (Salted Seafood Joint), and Scott Howell (Nana’s).
There will be wine from Haw River Wine Man’s “secret cellar,” ciders, craft cocktails and local beer.
Shannon Healy of Durham’s Alley Twenty-Six, Mattie Beason, a cider expert and co-owner of Black Twig Cider House, and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson and Rochelle Johnson of Ponysaurus Brewing will join Stock on the beverage side of the event.