Feed the Need: Chefs and Breweries Stage Memphis Fund-raisers

If you like local food, craft brews, and good causes, two upcoming fund-raisers need your support.

Next Sunday, a farm-to-table progressive dinner called Taste of Elegance will benefit Victorian Village, the downtown neighborhood on Adams Avenue best known for its historic architecture. Coordinated by Jill Forrester of Trolley Stop Market and Whitton Farms, the dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. will feature three courses prepared by Memphis chefs and paired with champagne, wines, and after-dinner drinks.

The charming settings for each course will be equally fun. Chef Jackson Kramer’s charcuterie plate will be served at the Mallory-Neely House, built about 1852. Chef Miles McMath’s braised beef short ribs with pasta and pan gravy will be served at the Woodruff-Fountain House, built in 1870, and French pastries and bonbons from Chefs Steve Little and Kevin Demarcus will finish up the meal at the James Lee House, the original home of the Memphis College of Art that is presently being restored and renovated.

Tickets are $125, and period dress is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Taste of Elegance, Feb. 23, 2-6 p.m., Victorian Village.

For a less expensive evening out to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, head to the Pink Palace Museum on Feb. 27 for the fifth annual Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis.

The event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. will feature food, music, and a silent auction, along with dozens of homebrews and craft beers to sample. Memphis breweries will be on hand, as well, including Boscos Squared, Ghost River, Memphis Made, Wiseacre, and High Cotton.

Tickets for the event, sponsored by the society’s Mid-South chapter, are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Fifth Annual Brew Movement, Feb. 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Pink Palace Museum

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