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Healing Meals to Benefit from Cure’s 2nd Annual Taste of Farmington

Cure in Unionville Presents 2nd Annual Taste of Farmington

100% of May 17 Event’s Profits Will Benefit Gifts of Love and Healing Meals Community Project


Cure Restaurant and Bar aims to raise more than $25,000 to benefit Gifts of Love and Healing Meals Community Project at its 2nd tasting fundraiser. The event will be held at Farmington Gardens on May 17, 2018 from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sponsored in part by Connecticut Distributors Inc., the event will feature 35 restaurants, farms, pastry shops, breweries, and wine representatives from the Farmington Valley area. Each vendor will feature creative food and beverage samples that highlight their programs. Event goers will meet the creative minds behind their favorite local businesses, learn about their stories, and taste their unique creations. As well as a social gathering, the event will prove to be great entertainment with Renee DiNino of iHeart Radio as the host and live music by the Kenny Mehler Band and Jeff Przech.

Organizations like Gifts of Love and Healing Meals Community Project offer a wide range of services for people in need who may not qualify for assistance, or for services that don’t even exist through local or state programs. With the help of volunteer “Youth Chefs,” Healing Meals Community Project prepares and delivers 100 percent organic meals to people in an acute health crisis, including cancer. Healing Meals serves everyone in the family for 14 weeks at no charge, cooking out of a kitchen provided by The North House in Avon. Gifts of Love’s many programs help individuals experiencing temporary financial crisis; these include the Food and Nutrition Programs, Holiday Program, Clothes Closet, and Educational Programs supported by its 77 acre organic farm located in Simsbury. A full list of products and services can be found online at www.giftsoflovect.org and www.healingmealsproject.org.

Susan Pribyson, Executive Director of Gifts of Love shares a story of a client, Christine W., who never heard back from a local social services agency after applying for assistance. She assumed she just didn’t qualify for help. Three days before Christmas in 2017, Christine had no gifts for her five children until she met a Gifts of Love employee that day. That same afternoon she picked out gifts for her children from their Holiday Shop and was provided with a turkey and all the fixings for a holiday meal. Christine is now scheduled to receive monthly services from Gifts of Love designed to help families build sustainability.

Sarah Leathers, Executive Director of Healing Meals Community Project shares a story about Holly, a client who was told by the doctors that she had only a five percent chance of surviving her cancer diagnosis. At the time she weighed 80 pounds, struggled to gain weight, and was too sick to work. After reading about Healing Meals in the paper she called with tears asking for help. Today, Holly has gained weight, is back to working two days a week and shared this with Sarah: “I am alive today, because of your planners, shoppers, preparers and delivery angels. To me, you are all my angels. I no longer look ill. I look strong because of the wonderful food, love, card and support that came to my door each Sunday. When food is cooked with love, it gets into the food and then into me. Make no mistake, I felt it!!”

All-inclusive tickets for Taste of Farmington are on sale now for $50 per person (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased online at www.curerestaurantct.com/taste-of-farmington. One hundred percent of the event’s profits will go directly to Gifts of Love and Healing Meals Community Project.

Taste of Farmington Coordinator and Manager of Cure Restaurant and Bar Trevor Gilbertie said ,“This year will be bigger and better than last. We are excited to have the opportunity to organize the event again and we are looking forward to another successful year in support of some truly amazing organizations.”

The Taste of Farmington “Communities for a Cause” initiative was created with a mission to highlight local businesses and as an opportunity to support local charities. In April of 2017, the 1st Annual Taste of Farmington raised $18,167.88 to benefit the Farmington Food Pantry, helping to keep its shelves stocked with food and other household items.