Huge shouts of gratitude to our Chef Partners who participated in our 2021 Chef Dance Off fundraiser for Stop Food Waste Day! See highlight videos below.
The very cool thing about this is that Wicked Weed Brewing didn't purchase all of the 500/$10 votes for themselves. They realized that there were better Chef Dancers and in celebration of ALL eight food donor partners, they donated their 500 votes equally giving each participant 62 votes! We love you, Wicked Weed! Thanks for the support! In total we raised $7290. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PURCHASED VOTES!
The idea for Food Connection was BORN at Pack's Tavern during a meeting with Dig Local. Six years later our partnership is still going strong with help from AVL Ride who has delivered tens of thousands of leftover meals for us to our neighbors in need. Check out their dance moves here!
Chef Clarence Robinson received the in-house award for MOST POPULAR CROWD FAVORITE as he received the most individual votes. Watch him toss his spatulas and get his groove on while making potatoes for Food Connection!
Chef Kim has got the moves! She also received the in-house award for MOST ACCOMMODATING CHEF DANCER for being donating food since the beginning AND hosting our two largest in-person fundraisers, Chefs In Action!
In-house award for MOST CREATIVE VIDEO! Our friends at YMCA B.R.A. held nothing back when they submitted their 4 minute video including dancing bears, stop-animation and so much more!
In-house award for MOST INVOLVED DANCER. Chef Melissa has got the smooth moves but not only dances and cooks but she also serves on the Food Connection Board of Directors!
In-house award for MOST INSPIRING DANCER. Chef Kevin, AKA "the Deaf Chef" could not hear the music, but learned the lyrics and signed them to the vibration of the AVL Funk song. Amazing!
In-house award DANCING WHILE PACKING and donating LOTS of food for the past 5+ years! This crew is so committed to sustainability and feeding their community.
In-house award MOST GENEROUS GIFT! We love that our friends at Wicked Weed Brewing came in and donated $5000 to this fundraiser then donated their "votes" to ALL of the chef dancers.
We are so grateful to local musician Ryan RnB Barber who let us use his awesome song "AVL Funk" for our Dance Off. Support local music, y'all!
We are incredibly grateful to ALL of our Food Donor Partners who go the extra mile to pack up their leftovers and call Food Connection. Our gratitude to those who chose to participate in this fundraiser and also those who did not, but still support us with their food donations. We've started quite the revolution in Asheville and Buncombe County. We're ready to take this show on the road and expand. Please consider going on this journey with us by making a contribution.