If you want to eat a delicious meal and help feed the hungry at the same time, you can now buy your ticket for the upcoming Stone Soup Benefit Meal in Greenville.
The fundraiser, which supports the Community Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, will take place on Wednesday, April 17th, at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, located at 401 East 4th Street.
The meal, which includes your choice of soup, bread, salad, dessert and beverage, will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The cost is $8.00 per-meal, or $25 for the meal and a unique pottery bowl handmade by local artists.
Tickets can be bought at the door, or you can buy tickets in advance by calling the church at 252-752-3482, or online at https://stonesoup-enc.org.
Food is being donated and cooked by 19 local restaurants and chefs, and the meals will be packaged and served by 70 volunteers, who will also cook 800 homemade desserts for the fundraiser.
Last year’s Stone Soup fundraiser generated more than $20,000 for the food pantry, and organizers say their fundraising goal for this year’s event is to raise more than $25,000.
The church says its food pantry gives bags of food to 350 to 600 people each week.
The food pantry is staffed by volunteers and is open all year long in a building on the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church campus in Greenville.
The church says the fundraiser’s name comes from the legend of Stone Soup, in which hungry villagers seek food, but neighbors are reluctant to share their own meager amounts. When the hungry start to cook a rock and water in a big pot, the neighbors each start to contribute small bits of food to the pot, resulting in a delicious soup that is large enough to feed everyone.
Chefs and restaurants participating in this year’s Stone Soup Benefit Meal include: A Tavola Market Café, Basil’s, Café Duo, Dickinson Avenue Public House, Christy’s Europub, Farmer and the Dail, Great Harvest Bread Company, St. Paul’s Chef Larry Barbour, Newk’s Eatery, Nino’s Cucina Italiana, Scarborough Fare, Starlight Café, Texas Roadhouse, The Market @ Coastal Fog, The Rickhouse, The Scullery, Village Point Market, and Zoe’s Kitchen.
Additionally, Villa Verde has donated the use of their food truck to serve take-out orders from the church parking lot and Jefferson’s will donate wine for the evening meal.
All the bread for the meal will be made by ECU English Professor Brent Henze, whose family grinds the grains that he will use to bake the bread.
Pottery will also be sold at the fundraiser, with pieces created by various eastern North Carolina potters, ECU student potters, Tar River Potter’s Guild, and Greenville Recreation and Parks Potters.
There will also be a small silent auction throughout the day of special pottery pieces from acclaimed potters such as Gail Ritzer and possibly Ben Owen.