Food Bank of Delaware warehouse to become Roaring Twenties speakeasy

It’s going to be the cat’s meow! It’s time for our Roaring Twenties Blue Jean Ball. We are excited to host our annual signature event on Saturday, October 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in our Newark warehouse at 14 Garfield Way in the Delaware Industrial Park.

Guests can leave their black tie gala attire at home for this annual event. Blue Jean Ball attendees are asked to don their favorite blue jeans or most fabulous outfits for a night at the food bank-inspired speakeasy. This year’s theme will take guests back to the jazz era; our 33,000-square-foot warehouse will be transformed into a space reminiscent of a speakeasy of the 1920s!

The Blue Jean Ball is held each year to raise awareness of the acute problem of hunger in Delaware and the important role we play in combating hunger, as well as its root cause – poverty.

The evening will feature beer and wine and fine cuisine prepared by our Executive Chef, Tim Hunter, Chef Instructor, Mark Saunders, and students from The Culinary School. The evening’s menu will include popular foods from the era such as lamb chops with chasseur sauce, chicken a la rose, Waldorf salad, asparagus au gratin, fried raviolis and more.  

Live entertainment will be provided by Strangers, a 12-piece band from Philadelphia. Guests will also have an opportunity to bid on a wide selection of items during the silent auction.

“Earlier this month Gallup released new information indicating that Delaware ranks third in the country for highest percentage of residents who cannot afford food,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We meet thousands of families who oftentimes are faced with the difficult decision of buying groceries or paying their rent or mortgage, and seniors who must choose between buying food and paying for their medications. The funds raised from this year’s Blue Jean Ball will help us provide emergency food so families and individuals aren’t forced to choose between food and other basic necessities.”

By utilizing the warehouse space and the culinary skills of students and our staff of chefs, we are able to significantly reduce costs. Last year, close to 90 percent of event proceeds went directly back to our hunger-relief efforts!

Tickets are available for $100/person and $1,000/table of ten. Ticket prices increase to $125 after October 1. Tickets may be purchased by calling (302) 444-8074 or by visiting www.fbdbluejeanball.org.

Check out some pictures from last year’s disco-inspired event!

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