Pinot, Pigs & Poets exceeds $300,000 in support of Completely KIDS
Save the Date for Next Year: June 1, 2017
Unique Event Features Fine Wines and Savory Pork Dishes
OMAHA (June 13, 2016) – Proceeds from the seventh annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets supporting Omaha nonprofit Completely KIDS exceeded $300,000, event organizers announced.
Approximately 450 people attended what has become one of Omaha’s premier wine and food events for an evening of wine lover’s paradise and hog heaven cuisine at Happy Hollow Club on June 2.
“Every year, the caliber of wine and pork cuisine exceeds the year before,” said Jody Carstens, Pinot, Pigs & Poets co-chair. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our committee, sponsors and dedicated volunteers, we are thrilled to announce that our event sold out this year and surpassed previous years in wine sales and proceeds raised for the Completely KIDS weekend and after-school food programs.”
Highlights of the event included the announcement of the winner of the Taste of Elegance chef competition, sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, and vintner competition winner. The 2016 Taste of Elegance Competition Chef Par Excellence was awarded to Chef Glenn Wheeler, of Spencer’s For Steaks and Chops. He will attend the 2017 Pork Summit at the Greystone Campus of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif., for his winning dish of Shoulder 2 Tail. Judges named Loring Wine Company 2014 Clos Pepe Vineyard as the top wine of the evening. Owner Brian Loring was present to accept the award.
In addition to pork samplings from Chef Tim Nicholson, The Boiler Room Restaurant; Chef PJ Weiss, Champions Run; Chef Nick Strawhecker, Dante Ristorante Pizzeria; Chef Patrick Micheels, Dario’s Brasserie; Chef Enzo Zurlo, Enzo’s Italian; Chef Clayton Chapman, The Grey Plume; Chef Sam Zaccone, Le Bouillon; Chef Ryan Ernst, Mouth of the South; Chef Glenn Wheeler, Spencer’s For Steaks and Chops; Chef Aron Mackevicius, Twisted Fork Grill & Saloon and Chef Kyle Lamb, V.Mertz, guests enjoyed sipping more than 50 exquisite Pinot Noir wines from complimentary Riedel wine glasses. Poets from the Nebraska Writers Collective served up a menu of interactive slam poetry for guests throughout the evening.
Due to the event’s success, Completely KIDS has been able to increase the number of children enrolled in the Weekend Food Program, which provides healthy, child-friendly food to take home every Friday. The weekend and after-school food programs fit within the organization’s mission to educate and empower kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community.
Completely KIDS program participant Michael, 12, said there are times when there is no food in his house.
“Sometimes when my mom doesn’t get paid on a Friday, we can’t eat, so we rely on Completely KIDS to have the snack packs,” he said.
Pinot, Pigs & Poets will return to Happy Hollow Club for an eighth year on June 1, 2017. To find out how you can help Completely KIDS, visit completelykids.org.