Feed The Need - A Foodie Smorgasbord for a Good Cause

Mini-Chefs Charlie and Liliana of Charlie's on Main and Liliana's Restaurant

Feed The Need is a fundraising event held to raise money for The River Food Pantry, a non-profit organization in Wisconsin that provide necessities such as meals, clothing, groceries, and everyday household items to families in Dane County that are in need.  

We were lucky enough to be able to attend this event held at the Madison Technical College's brand new culinary space, which was the perfect venue.  It was a large open space, with plenty of tables and seating for the attendees, plenty of parking, and a complimentary shuttle provided by Union Cab, which came in handy due to the rain.  A nice touch.

Chris Attaway, Founder of Epicurean Chronicles with Kyle CHerek, Host of Wisconsin Foodie

Kyle Cherek, a Wisconsinite to the core, and host of Emmy Award-winning TV series Wisconsin Foodie was also in attendance as a special guest, and did a fantastic job as an auctioneer for the live auction. A gift basket with a value of $900 scored a winning bid of over $1500!

Way to go Kyle, and thank you to the winning bidder!

There was a $20 Wine Pull and a 50/50 Cash Raffle that went on throughout the event, which gave foodies and philanthropists alike a chance to give back to such a deserving organization.

Sadly, we didn't win, but The River Food Pantry certainly did.  The fundraiser was a successful event, raising $40,000 for the organization.


It was quite inspiring to see everyone so willing to give back without a second thought and enjoying themselves surrounded by great Wisconsin food, fabulous drinks, and wonderful people.

Live music was provided by musician Cliff Frederiksen, and let's not forget, TONS of food from the following Madison Originals restaurants:

  1. Banzo
  2. Bonfyre American Grille
  3. Brasserie V
  4. Charlie's on Main
  5. Daisy Café
  6. Essen Haus
  7. Ian's Pizza
  8. Imperial Garden
  9. J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin
  10. Straight Bourbon
  11. Liliana's
  12. Lombardino's
  13. Manna Café and Bakery
  14. Nitty Gritty
  15. Porta Bella Restaurant
  16. Sprecher's Pub
  17. The Old Fashioned
  18. The Roman Candle
  19. Wollersheim Winery
  20. Yahara Bay Distillery

Wine and Spirits were also represented well at this venue with tasting booths ready to wet the whistles of beverage enthusiasts.

As always, you're here to find out about the food!  

No need to worry, we have our usual top eats ready for all of you to devour.


Here we go.

Our Top 5 Eats at Feed The Need 2017.

5. Jambalaya - Sprecher's Pub

Chicken andouille sausage, Parmesan cheese, onions and peppers with creole sauce on rice pilaf.

4. Endive Boats - Liliana's 

Stilton cheese, walnuts, and field greens in Belgian Endive Boats

3. Bananas Fosters Mini Milkshake - The Nitty Gritty

2. Belgian Meatball - Braserrie V

Highland Spring Farm Beef, Fox Heritage Farms Pork, Caramelized Onion, St. Bernardus Cream Sauce

1. Gorgonzola Stuffed Date - Lombardino's

set on finocchiona salami with toasted pistachio, Garden to Be pea shoots and balsamic glaze


There were so many different food to try, and there were some that ran out before we got to it. Bummer.  Regardless, it was a blast.  

Good food for a good cause.  

Can't beat that.

Take a look at all the other things we enjoyed and saw at this year's Feed The Need, and we hope to see you there next time!