The Big Feed helps feed the community
Pictured (from left) are Andrea Chadwick (Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill), Jason Cole (Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill), Kelli Walker (220 Café), John Walker (220 Café), Marin Tomlin (DSDC Executive Director, Joy Morrison (Director of Iredell Christian Ministries), Patti West (Executive Director of Fifth Street Ministries), Katie Dagenhart (Groucho’s Deli), Andrea Chimato and Ashley Chimato (Andrea’s Ice Cream & Sweet Shop).
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The Big Feed—Feed Yourself, Feed Others event took place in Downtown Statesville from January 28 through February 2, encouraging guests to visit one of eleven participating restaurants and specialty food shops.
Discounts and featured menu items, such as half-priced appetizers, a secret menu, and a specially brewed beer, enticed hundreds to visit during the week. The participating restaurants then donated 10 percent of their total sales from those menu items to “The Big Feed,” raising a total of $884.
These donations will go to help fill the pantries at Iredell Christian Ministries (ICM) and Fifth Street Ministries, with each organization receiving $442.
On February 8, Downtown Statesville Development Corporation Executive Director Marin Tomlin presented checks to each of these organizations on the square in Downtown Statesville. Patti West, executive director of Fifth Street Ministries, and Joy Morrison, director of Iredell Christian Ministries, were grateful for the support of the Downtown restaurants as well as the community support of this event.
Several of the participating restaurant owners and representatives were there as the checks were presented, including Jason Cole and Andrea Chadwick of Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill, John and Kelli Walker of 220 Café, Andrea Chimato and Ashley Chimato of Andrea’s Ice Cream & Sweet Shop, and Katie Dagenhart of Groucho’s Deli.
“We feel like this event is a win-win situation for everyone involved," Tomlin said. "The customers loved to experience new food and drink items or specials offered by the restaurants. The restaurants experience an increase in business. And the local food pantries benefit through the generous donations. We are already looking forward to next year!”