Authoring Action’s Annual Tasting Event and Fundraiser, Taste of the South, Celebrates its Tenth Year by Adding New Restaurants & Storytelling
On Thurs., Nov. 21, Authoring Action will host its 10th annual Taste of the South fundraising event. Attendees will gather to enjoy tastings of the very best in Southern cuisine, North Carolina wines, hand-crafted beers, and live Southern music at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem. The event will feature Southern tastes from 12 local favorites, including several newcomers to the Winston-Salem restaurant scene.
This year’s tasting line-up includes 6th & Vine Wine Bar and Restaurant, Bib’s Downtown, Canteen Market & Bistro, Delicious by Sherene, Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub & Kitchen, Krankie’s, Lavender & Honey Kitchen, Lilian’s Neo Cafe, Sweet Potatoes Restaurant and Miss Ora’s Kitchen, The Prescott – Farm to Table Dining, and Y’all Sauce Company. Featured beverages include Cellar 4201, Hoots Beer Company, Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery, and Bingo-Bango Fruit Fruit Soda Company.
Alongside exquisite Southern tastings, event planners have added a fun, new element for attendees this year – storyboard features of each restaurant’s unique beginnings in the Winston-Salem community and why they support Authoring Action’s important work.
“I’ve watched the wonderful work of Authoring Action for years,” says Kathleen Barnes, owner of 6th & Vine Wine Bar and Restaurant, “I’m also an Art History professor by day and restaurant owner by night. I believe the arts can be used to teach and inspire teens to learn about themselves and other cultures.”
Robert Moreau of Bib’s Downtown shares, “From the beginning, before we ever opened, we knew in our hearts that we wanted to be a part of the Downtown Winston-Salem community. Part of our local community spirit is a commitment to participating in those events around us. Winston-Salem is the City of Arts & Innovation, and Authoring Action embodies that spirit by teaching teens to harness the power of creative writing and performance to become agents of change in our community.”
100% of the proceeds of Taste of the South, impact not only the lives of individual youth but also our community as a whole, because through Authoring Action’s programs, local teen authors are empowered to become community leaders and advocates for social courage and change.
An additional feature will be a Fund the Need appeal for the Just Us Program. This writing and film program, developed by Authoring Action, works with teens both at-risk of and already involved in the judicial system. The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) of Forsyth County provides 70% funding for Just Us, and a 30% match is supported by our community, through the Fund the Need appeal.
10th Annual Taste of the South’s Co-Hosts, Wanda Starke and Claire Tuttle, support Authoring Action as a preventative and productive program for teens. In addition to Southern food tastings, the evening will include live music by the Court Wynter Trio, a Taste of Authoring Action program featuring current and past Authoring Action teens, Just Us film program highlights, and live bidding and fundraising featuring a week’s stay in a cottage in Ireland, a week at a luxury home on Lake Hickory, personalized cooking class for 20, and a local stay-cation package in historic Old Salem. Event tickets can be purchased online at authoringaction.org for $60 in advance and $70 at the door.
Harnessing the power of creative writing and performance art, Authoring Action engages and trains young people to author their lives, rather than be victims of their circumstances. In partnership with professional artists, writers and mentors, teens learn to take ownership of their educational success and become agents for community building, social courage and change, as well as positive messages to their peers.
Authoring Action is a 501 (c)(3) Charitable Organization (EIN 38-3707584, NC Solicitation License Number SL006062).