By Maggie Sperry
Many Triangle chefs, restaurants, shops, and vendors recently came together to partake in a benefit dinner to raise money for Planned Parenthood. The Sustenance for the Resistance Dinner was first started by long time Planned Parenthood supporters Jim Stock, of Haw River Wine Man, an Italian winery in Burlington, and Andrea Reusing, of Lantern, an Asian cuisine restaurant.
In an interview with the ECHO, Stock stated that he believed this year and the presidency of Donald Trump marked a good time to give back to the Planned Parenthood community. “I felt, given the current political situation, that this would be a good year to step up a little more to help them out,” Stock said.
The event was held at the Durham Hotel on April 11 and was planned by Grace Beason of Grace Leisure Events. It included a total of 23 chefs and vendors, each of whom provided meals for attendees and assisted in the efforts to raise money for Planned Parenthood.
Stock stated that he was “not overly [surprised by the number of participants], we live in a great community.”
There was a large array of drinks including wine from Haw River Wine Man, ciders from the Black Twig Cider House and other cocktails and local beers from Ponysaurus Brewing. There was also an extensive amount of food provided by many vendors and chefs including pizza, tapas, seafood, and more.
Tickets for the dinner started at $100 and VIP and sponsor tickets were available $500. The VIP hour included, “one on one [time] with some of the chefs as well as signed cookbooks and a bag of goodies provided by some local businesses,” said Stock.
The event was funded by sponsors and put together by an army of volunteers, and all of the proceeds went directly to Planned Parenthood. Ultimately, the dinner raised a total of $45,000 towards Planned Parenthood.