Best Bites at the Blue Jean Ball

The Capital Area Food Bank’s 11th annual Blue Jeans Ball featured live music by The Elastic Waist Band — and enough tastings from the area’s top restaurants that attendees would need elastic waist bands of their own! — at a lively Sunday evening soiree to benefit those in the metro area at risk of hunger.IMG_9376

Hundreds came together at the Marriott Wardman Park to bid on auction items like trips to Cancun and Paris — or a variety of items from the Good Humor ice cream truck! — before heading into a smorgasbord of scrumptious offerings from participating local restaurants, like Vidalia onion soup from Vidalia, lobster salad from The Palm Restaurant, pulled pork sandwiches from EPIC Smokehouse and a beet medley from Policy Restaurant.

Ella Daniels, Jonathan McCottry and Maria Booker

“Those of us who work in hunger are really good about talking about the needs, the child who doesn’t have food or the mom who can’t get dinner on the table, but tonight I want to tell you a success story,” said CAFB’s President and CEO Nancy E. Roman before sharing about a young girl she met who confessed that her favorite food is “vegetables”  (or more specifically “salad”)… and how one of her nutritionists had gotten an entire neighborhood in need to change their mind about eggplant.

The Capital Area Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is the Washington metro area’s largest nonprofit food and nutrition education resource for the nearly 700,000 residents in the Washington metro area struggling with hunger.  Sunday’s event grossed over $429,000, making it one of the most successful to date.

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