Sam Fox to Host First-Ever No Kid Hungry Dinner

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Posted By on September 22, 2017

Sam Fox, left, with Chris Wolven, Brand Chef of the Boutique Brands, center, and Corporate Chef Chris Curtiss, right.

By Mike Saucier

Sam Fox will play host and a team of guest chefs will whip up a three-course dinner at the first-ever No Kid Hungry dinner next month in Phoenix.

The CEO and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts and his team have wanted to focus more on trying to help children who go hungry, Fox told Frontdoors, so when Share Our Strength, the organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign, reached out, “it was something for sure I knew we wanted to do.”

It will be the first time the No Kid Hungry campaign comes to Phoenix. The campaign’s focus is, according to its website, “ending childhood hunger in this nation by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.”

Share Our Strength, based in Washington, D.C., was launched by brother-and-sister team Bill and Debbie Shore in 1984 in response to the famine in Ethiopia.

The dinner hosted by Fox will take place at The Yard Tempe. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour with passed bites and then sit down for a three-course dinner with live music. Guests can bid on auction items while raising funds to help No Kid Hungry.

Some auction items include:

– Catering with The Rocket (food truck) for 25 people

– Two-night stay at Mountain Shadows, foursome round of golf, $100 gift certificate to The Henry and a Ping driver

– Private catering for 25 people from Little Miss BBQ

The lineup of guest chefs incudes: Aaron Chamberlin of St. Francis & Phoenix Public Market Café; Scott Holmes of Little Miss BBQ: Chris Newstrom of Upward Projects; Jason Raducha of Noble Bread & Noble Eatery; Doug Robson of Gallo Blanco & Otro Care; and Chris Curtiss of Fox Restaurant Concepts.

“We have some amazing chefs and we’re going to cook some great things,” Fox said. “We’re going to exceed expectations like we always like to do. Guests will have spent a good amount of money to be there so there’ll probably be more food that they can even handle. We’re going to have some live auction items and we’re going to have some goodies for everyone. All our chefs and team are really excited to put on a great performance.”

One in six children in America struggles with hunger, according to Share the Strength. Fox called it troublesome.

“I mean it’s shocking, given the world we live in today and how advanced this country is supposed to be for that to be going on,” he said. “So we’re trying to do our little part.”

Fox said his team has spent a lot of time with St. Mary’s Food Bank over the years, from visits to dinners. He said he toured the food bank about five months ago and was struck by the experience – seeing hungry families come in and receive the goods.

“It’s alarming and sad at the same time,” he said.

Fox said he has received an “incredible response” from the restaurant group’s corporate partners about the event.

“I think we’re in it for the long haul and we want to do our part for the community to and do all we can to help out as many people that need it,” he said.

Info: www.NoKidHungry.org/Phoenix.

Mike Saucier

About Mike Saucier

Mike Saucier is the Editor of Frontdoors Media. He can be reached at editor@frontdoorsmedia.com.

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