The 22nd annual Feast for the Streets, a food and wine event with a social conscience, is this Wednesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple.
The event features 36 restaurants and 10 wineries. Tickets are $50 per person, with proceeds going to Francis House, the local non-profit that serves as "an emergency room for homeless families and individuals," according to Steve Caruso, executive director.
Feast for the Streets is one of the biggest food and wine nights of the year and is a must-attend spectacle for local foodies. Among the restaurants involved are Grange, Mulvaney's, Tuli, Mama Kim Eats and Hook & Ladder.
"It was the foodie event before there were foodies," Caruso said. "It's quite the party.
While homeless issues are challenging and complex, Francis House makes a meaningful difference through its efforts, including handing out bus passes for the needy, helping secure missing state IDs and aiding employment efforts.
Why should folks attend Feast for the Streets?
"It's our major fundraiser of the year," said Caruso. "We're doing our small part to guide people who are homeless in the right direction to correct their situation or at least alleviate it for awhile. It's also a very fun event. When you have this many restaurants of this caliber, it can't help but be fun."
Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.