Foodbeast Family Dinner Raises More Than $1,600 #ForTheKids

On Saturday, July 2, Foodbeast hosted its first-ever Family Dinner, naming Project Hope Alliance as the grateful beneficiary of the delicious evening. The Santa Ana-based online food haven delivered on passion, their Foodbeast Kitchen Studio at 4th Street Market, and their very own Chef Linh NguyenMelissa's Produce donated the fruits and veggies; Goose Island Beer Co. donated the suds; and guests brought the hope.

We are excited to announce that through ticket sales, more than $1,600 was raised for our mission of ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.

Foodbeast Family Dinner Vol. 1 (Courtesy Foodbeast)

Foodbeast Family Dinner Vol. 1 (Courtesy Foodbeast)

While food is what awakens the Foodbeast family every morning, the extraordinary group also never takes the nourishment on their plates for granted. They know that there are more than 26,000 children struggling with homelessness in Orange County who worry about where their next meal will come from—or if it will come at all. This realization sparked the creation of their Foodbeast Family Dinner series.

Being based in Santa Ana, we are incredibly aware of how many are affected by homelessness in our beloved Orange County. It hurts to see your own community, your own family, in such a painful situation. Hence, this is the premise for our Foodbeast Family Dinner series. We wanted to somehow bring together our community, our family, to show support for those who are struggling each and every day just to make ends meet. And it just so happens that food is the perfect way to bring people together.
— Molly Shannon, Foodbeast Partnership Liaison
Foodbeast Family Dinner Vol. 1 Menu (Courtesy Foodbeast)

Foodbeast Family Dinner Vol. 1 Menu (Courtesy Foodbeast)

Praised for their snappy, drool-inciting video recipes, Foodbeast has been a leading source of all things food, from news to information to entertainment, since 2008. Millions are eating up whatever they dish out every month, including Chef Linh's culinary masterpieces.

I’m very honored to be able to represent for Foodbeast and give back to the less fortunate. As a chef, one of my priorities is to keep people happy and full; it’s a basic human necessity. It was very satisfying to me to be able to put my spin on comfort food, Foodbeast style.
— Chef Linh Nguyen
Foodbeast Family Dinner Vol. 1 (Courtesy Foodbeast)

Foodbeast Family Dinner Vol. 1 (Courtesy Foodbeast)

Thank you to the sponsors and diners who made the family-style feast such a scrumptious success. We have our bibs ready for Vol. 2.

It’s incredibly devastating to know that so many from your own community are enduring such hardships such as not having a place to call home, or even not having a stable resource for acquiring affordable food. Once Foodbeast and I discovered the amazing organization that is Project Hope Alliance and all the essential services and tools they provide to those in our community who are struggling, and learned that Hope is practically based right in our backyard in Costa Mesa, we immediately knew we wanted to partner up in the fight to end the cycle of homelessness beginning with our own home of Orange County. This first dinner is only the beginning—by combining the relationships we have with those in our community, and our reach to extended audiences via media, we believe we can all ultimately work together to create positive change within our communities and beyond.
— Molly Shannon, Foodbeast Partnership Liaison

Stay tuned for updates on Foodbeast's next dinner benefitting HOPE, coming to tables this fall.