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A night of culinary pleasure

Hands for Hunger readies for Paradise Plates
  • This year’s Paradise Plates fundraising event will be “bigger and better” than ever this year, organizers expect. One hundred percent of the Paradise Plates proceeds benefit Hands for Hunger’s mission to eliminate hunger and unnecessary food waste in The Bahamas. PHOTOS: HANDS FOR HUNGER

  • This year’s Paradise Plates fundraising event will be “bigger and better” than ever this year, organizers expect. One hundred percent of the Paradise Plates proceeds benefit Hands for Hunger’s mission to eliminate hunger and unnecessary food waste in The Bahamas. PHOTOS: HANDS FOR HUNGER

  • This year’s Paradise Plates fundraising event will be “bigger and better” than ever this year, organizers expect. One hundred percent of the Paradise Plates proceeds benefit Hands for Hunger’s mission to eliminate hunger and unnecessary food waste in The Bahamas. PHOTOS: HANDS FOR HUNGER

KRYSTEL ROLLE
Guardian Staff Reporter
krystel@nasguard.com

Published: Sep 27, 2013

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Not everyone can boast of being able to indulge in the culinary delights and signature cocktails of 24 of the island’s top chefs and beverage purveyors in one night. But if you were lucky enough to score one of the 500 tickets for Paradise Plates, you may join that group.

Paradise Plates, a marquee fundraising event of Hands for Hunger, will be “bigger and better” than ever this year, organizers expect.

The function, which has become something of a staple event for foodies, will feature the “best culinary treasures and signature treats”, according to Hands for Hunger Communication Manager Anna Bancroft.

“Persons can expect a night of culinary compassion,”she said.

“This is our fifth year that Paradise Plates has been conducting this and we’re going to make this a really grand production.”

In addition to the culinary delights, the event will feature performances by local artists.

Guests will be treated to dishes from Old Fort Bay Club, Carmine’s, Luciano’s of Chicago, Aqua, Van Breugel’s, and Le Petit Gourmet, among others.

Bancroft said Billfish Grill, which is set to open in Palm Cay, is going to be launching some of its food at Paradise Plates.

Giving examples of some of the treats that will be offered, Harbour Front Lounge will serve conch cakes, salmon and stuffed mushrooms; Atlantis’ Sea Fire Steak House will serve grouper escovitch; Athena Cafe will offer lamb dishes; John Watling’s Distillery will serve its signature rum cocktail, and Bahamian Brewery will bring Sands Beer as well as Pinnacle Vodka.

“There are two reasons why this year is bigger and better,” she said.

“Yes, of course it’s our fifth year, but we are introducing the live auction element which will certainly be a big part of the night. We have a great silent auction which includes more than 50 vacation packages to local and international destinations. The live auction this year will include gift certificates for a dine-around-Nassau experience from all of our participating chefs.”

Bancroft said Paradise Plates usually brings in an average of $100,000.

The New Providence Development Company has sponsored Paradise Plates for the past five years.

Gunvor Bahamas and Royal Bank of Canada have also signed on as major sponsors this year.

“It’s going to be really big and then the other element is a food rescue demonstration,” Bancroft said.

“We are really bringing the mission of Hands for Hunger home with food rescue. We have Chef Monica Hutchinson. She is riding on our food rescue truck and collecting what she can of surplus food and on the night of Paradise Plates, she’s going to transform surplus food into tasty dishes for Paradise Plates guests to try exactly what we have on our trucks everyday.”

One hundred percent of the Paradise Plates proceeds benefit Hands for Hunger’s mission to eliminate hunger and unnecessary food waste in The Bahamas.

“What we do is collect surplus food from restaurants, hotels and farms along the island and by the afternoon all of the food gets redistributed to 14 recipient outreach agencies,” Bancroft said.

“Those agencies serve on average 9,500 per week to Bahamians seeking emergency food assistance. And in the five years that Hands For Hunger has been around, we have collected more than 500,000 pounds of surplus food. We equate to more than half a million meals provided back into the community.”

The event will kick off on Saturday at 7 p.m., at Atlantis’ Crown Ballroom.

 • For ticket information, you can call 327-1660.

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