I am ofﬁcially a full ﬂedge, card carrying member of the bleeding hearts club. For some reason, I naturally have compassion for human suffering that extends far beyond most. I like to bring people pleasure, pleasure through good eating, memorable eating. This is not to be confused with being a people pleaser.
Many that experience my food have no clue who the artist behind the creation is, nor think much about it. This is a deeper, true calling. Is this a character defect or a great gift? Well, in my experience having been invited to and attended many non proﬁt fundraising events, the quality of the food can make or break the experience for me. If it is not so good, regardless of the cause or company I keep, I often wish I was somewhere else. It may not register at the time, however when that invitation arrives for next year, my instincts scream, “no thanks”! I might write a little check, but deﬁnitely not too enthusiastically. Usually I move on to the next cause.
Knowing this is my reaction and being brutally honest with my inner calling, I say, “how can I make a difference?” Answer: Through my artistic culinary talent. I believe this level of talent is truly a gift from God, the God of my understanding (call him or her by whatever title, “the one who creates and guides us”). In order to honor this talent, I must use it to help others that are less fortunate. So when I get approached by a struggling non proﬁt with such a positive mission, but no money, my bleeding heart usually goes into overdrive. I see ways of cutting costs, then lower the price even more without much justification.
Then I add extras and upgrade, donating from our company and using my talents to give them the best event with the best food they could ever imagine. And it really makes a difference! Within just three years, I’ve worked to help grow a couple of not for profit galas from 75.00 per ticket to 350.00 with a wait list to attend. Unfortunately for me, I still have a hard time taking increased proﬁt once those events are flourishing. It is no wonder that I am usually invited free of charge as a guest. It is, however, amazing for my spiritual development and sense that I am doing something important. Oh well, good Karma comes around eventually.
Does great food entice you to attend a non profit event ?