40 Eats. It's the name of a Wilmington collective of restaurant professionals interested in enhancing the food and the community at the eastern end of I-40. Chef Dean Neff of PinPoint Restaurant is one of the members. The group formed just 6 months ago, but it's about to have its 3rd event to benefit a 3rd charity. Dean is calling this event the One Less Hungry Child Chef's Dinner. The event is on Sunday, January 29th at 6:00 at Port Land Grille. Tickets are available here.
The first 2 dinners 40 Eats held raised $15,000 for Oasis and Black River Organic Farm. This one will benefit Nourish NC, the nonprofit that focuses on making sure children from low-income families have healthy food when school is out. Wilmington Chefs will be joined by a special guest Chef from Durham: Ricky Moore from Saltbox Seafood, who Dean can't brag enough about. Ten courses will be served in 5 rounds of 2, each round accompanied by a paired wine. Raffle prizes will accompany the evening. Listen above to hear details from Chef Neff and Emily Reiniche, Board President of Nourish NC.
Chefs bringing food to the table: Keith Rhodes (Catch), Dean Neff and Lydia Clopton (Pinpoint), Jameson Chavez and Rebeca Alvarado-Paredes (manna), Christi Ferretti (Pine Valley Market), James Doss (Rx/Pembroke’s), Tom Mills (Little Pond), Shawn Wellersdick (Portland Grille), and celebrity Chef Ricky Moore (Saltbox Seafood Joint)