Fernandina Beach, FL – Nassau Humane Society is partnering with restaurants in the historic downtown district of FURnandina Beach to launch a unique fundraiser that pairs food with a fine selection of wine or beer.
Taste & Toast will be held Saturday, May 18th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at the Florida House Inn at 22 S. Third Street. Tickets are $50 and will be limited to 200 sales.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nassauhumanesociety.com or at several locations, including the NHS offices at 671 Airport Rd.; the Second Chance store at 1002 S. 14th St. or Island Time Premium Frozen Yogurt at 306 Centre St starting April 15.
More than a dozen restaurants are participating in the event, with chefs from each establishment preparing an item off their menu and pairing the dish with a wine or beer that best accentuates flavor. Sponsors are Florida House Inn, Florida Public Utilities and First Federal Bank of Florida.
Participating restaurants include Arte Pizza, Café Karibo, Ciao Italian Bistro, The Crab Trap, Florida House Inn Restaurant, Halftime Sports Bar & Grill, The Happy Tomato Courtyard Café & BBQ, Island Time Premium Frozen Yogurt, Joe’s 2nd St. Bistro, Kelley’s Courtyard Café, Marina Seafood Restaurant, O’Kane’s Irish Pub & Eatery, Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, The Pecan Roll Bakery, Tasty’s Fresh Burgers & Fries.
In conjunction with the event, Nassau Humane Society will hold both a silent and live auction with many items focused on lifestyle and adventure experiences, such as vacations at luxurious homes at the beach, thrilling airplane rides above the island and sailboat excursions on the Atlantic with a gourmet meal provided. Throughout the event live music will be provided by Dan Voll and Michele Bid.
“We are fortunate to enjoy the dedicated support of local businesses and we are thrilled to partner with so many of the community’s finest restaurants on Taste & Toast,” says Nassau Humane Society Board Member and Event Chairperson Ann Marie Wiseman. “We deepen the experience for our guests with the stunning location of The Florida House Inn with its towering oaks, lush garden and enchanting fountain.”
Between taste-size bites of food and sips of wine or beer, guests can head into an adjoining courtyard for a visit with some furry friends from the shelter.
Nassau Humane Society is increasing fundraising efforts this year with the launch of a capital campaign to fund a new shelter. The new building will provide for additional space for animal rescue as well as indoor protection from the weather.
“We are taking a thoughtful approach to design with regard to space and comfort but we also plan to foster an environment that best encourages adoption,” says Nassau Humane Society executive director Brandy Cavalho.
Members of the organization’s capital committee will have an informational table at Taste & Toast to talk with guests about the new shelter and funding opportunities.
For more information on Taste & Toast, visit www.nassauhumanesociety.com or call 904-491-1511.
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