101 Concepts Restaurant Group is hosting the event Tuesday night at Food 101 restaurant in Sandy Springs. It will include tastings from Food 101 and its sister restaurant, Cibo e Beve, paired with wine from the Robert Mondavi Winery, plus live music and a raffle.
The Camp Twin Lakes program gives children with diseases and disabilities a place where they can interact in a normal camp atmosphere. Food 101 executive chef Justin Keith said the restaurant has hosted benefits for the camp in the past but not in this format.
“It’s an organization we’ve always tried to take part in in some way shape or form,” he said. ‘We’re a neighborhood restaurant and very community oriented. A lot of the owners and management staff here have children of their own. We just thought it was a great cause and a great way to give back in the community and raise awareness for a great cause.”
Keith said he hopes the event will draw 100 to 150 residents.
“In our mind, our vision behind everything is it’s a win-win where everyone can come in and taste good food, good wine and donate to a good cause,” he said. “We’re hoping it will be a fun evening and also help people give back to a good cause at the same time.”
Since starting in 1993, Camp Twin Lakes has hosted more than 50,000 children and volunteers at three sites — Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Camp Will-A-Way in Winder and Camp Dream in Warm Springs. The nonprofit also has year-round weekend retreats and hospital-based Camp-To-Go programs.
Representatives of Camp Twin Lakes said they are thrilled about the Cocktail Gala.
“We’re really excited about it,” said Director of Development Jessie Rosenberg. “The more we partner with different organizations in the city, the more it helps raise awareness. But it also generates community support, which directly goes to camper scholarships, to send kids with serious illnesses to Camp Twin Lakes.”
Special Events Coordinator Caitlin Still added, “We love the fact that Food 101 was the one that approached us about the event. It isn’t often we have outside support coming to us. Normally we’re the ones going out. We’re just so excited to have them partner with us.”
If you go:
o What: Cocktail Gala fundraiser for Camp Twin Lakes
o When: Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
o Where: Food 101, 4969 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs
o Tickets: $100 per person
o Information: (404) 219-8193 or visit www.camptwinlakes.org/gala or www.food101atlanta.com