Nourishing Those In Need

St. Louis is a community known for giving of its time and money to inspire artists, stamp out fearful ailments, and give a helping hand to all segments of the region. “Charity starts at home,” as the saying goes, and St. Louis has built a home for those who know how to give.

On April 15, 2012, during its annual “Ye Olde A Tasteful Affair” event, Food Outreach will celebrate and bring awareness to its cause of providing vital nutritional support to low income men, women, and children battling Cancer or HIV/AIDS in the greater St. Louis area. In this recovering economy, Food Outreach is experiencing more need for its services than ever before. In 2011, the need for Food Outreach services reached its highest level in its 24-year history – 484,000 nutritious meals were provided to 1902 individuals, ages 4 to 90, in 137 Missouri and Illinois zip codes.

That’s no small feat. What is even more astonishing is that Food Outreach has not turned away a single client who needs their help. And the meals they provide rival those served in restaurants in the area. Incorporating fresh ingredients and overseen by Chef Nicholas Hattfield, this organization supplies nutritious hot meals, nutrition education, and counseling for its clients.

For Executive Director Greg Lukeman, the commitment is strong and unwavering. “We have the philosophy of resourcefulness, always looking for opportunities AND never harping on what we don’t have. With that thinking, we are able to add more people around the Food Outreach table—clients and donors alike.”

Food Outreach is committed to providing their clients high-quality food that is nutritious and appealing. A registered dietitian is on staff to oversee the menu design and to provide nutritional assessments, education, and classes. Menus change every two weeks, providing variety for clients whose tastes and needs change as they cycle up and down in illness, while client surveys provide input for menu development. And cooking volunteers and staff frequently participate in taste tests for quality purposes.

Join emcees Maggie Crane of KMOV and Heidi Glaus of KSDK for this year’s Ye Olde A Tasteful Affair, in the Khorassan Ballroom at The Chase Park Plaza, April 15 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. With delicious tastings from 40 outstanding restaurants and caterers, along with more than a hundred silent and live auction items, Ye Olde A Tasteful Affaire offers many enticing menu and auction items at every price – tickets to cultural and sporting events, a variety of restaurant gift certificates, vacations, artwork, you name it.

Ye Olde A Tasteful Affaire 24 will be held Sunday, April 15, 2012 from 2:00pm until 5:00 pm at the Khorassan Ballroom, The Chase Park Plaza (212 N. Kingshighway, Saint Louis, MO 63108). General admission tickets are $50 advance and $65 at the door, and you can score a VIP ticket for $150. The VIP experience features complimentary beverages (including small-batch beer tasting by Urban Chestnut – voted one of the top 5 new breweries in the world!), entertainment, and exclusive food tastings in a private lounge.