Phase 2? Three Fun Ways to Get Together with Friends

By United Way of King County, on April 30, 2021 | In Eat, Drink & Be Generous, News, Racial Equity

Looking for fun ways to get together with friends that feel safe and responsible? Check out our Eat, Drink & Be Generous series. The meal kits are fun–and the time together is entertaining! The feel-good vibes from supporting local businesses and doing something good for the community make these a must-do!

Philip and Julianna take selfie infront of their plates of food that they made at home while watching the Change makers celebration cooking demo with Ethan Stowell

“This is probably the most social we have felt in months and it helped us connect with the community.”–Philip R.

Donna Moodie, owner of Marjarie, is wearing a teal mask inside her restaurant and is holding a mini bottle of makers mark in one hand and a bag of cocktail supplies in the other.

“These events have been a great way to engage with the community. We’re glad to participate and really appreciate the support.”–Donna Moodie, owner, Marjorie

A laptop sits on the counter displaying the Eat, Drink and Be Generous event. Two beers from Metier Brewery sit on either side of the laptop

“The Métier Brewery tour was great–supporting the only Black-owned brewery in Washington state and raising money for people struggling in this economic crisis.” –Erick A.

A bag of Boon boona coffee and meal kit sits on a table out front of Hood Famous Bakeshop

“This is great. I don’t know if I’ve heard our business name on the radio before!”–Chera, founder and co-owner, Hood Famous Bakeshop

A man with a mountain backdrop looking at the camera with United Way and Alaska Airlines logos at the bottom.

“It makes me happy that these events exist.”–Anurag C., Change Maker donor and winner of the first pair of Alaska Airlines tickets.

We’ve partnered with local restaurants–with an emphasis on BIPOC-owned businesses–to support their teams in this tough time and share their good food with donors. 

  1. Get a small group together virtually. Ask a few friends to join you at an upcoming Eat, Drink & Be Generous event (or spring for their tickets) and gather online 30 minutes or so before it starts. Let us know–maybe the chef and host can drop into your call before the show starts!
  2. Make it a gift. Double down on the Be Generous part and surprise a friend on a birthday, spend some time with mom before Mother’s Day–or thank someone who has been a lifeline over this last year. 
  3. Invite a friend or two over. Vaccinated? Mask up and invite a friend over for a fun evening. (Unmask for the eating and drinking part, of course, just at a distance!).
Owner of Marination, Kamala Saxton,  and radio personality Brooke Fox, hold up cocktails in a kitchen studio at one of the virtual Be Generous events.
Kamala Saxton of Marination shares bits of her culinary wisdom with Brooke Fox of Movin 92.5

Thanks to all the fabulous sponsors who make this series possible. Because of them–including Charlie’s Produce, Schultz Family Foundation and PitchBook–all of the money donated at the events go directly to community.

This series of virtual events is centered around good food and raising money to support those most impacted. At United Way, we see the results of systemic racism in the disproportionality affecting persons of color during this crisis—in areas such as homelessness, food insecurity, graduation rates, income inequality. 

These events support the Community Relief Fund, helping people stay in their homes, keep food on the table and reach financial stability. 

If you have a suggestion of a chef partner or type of event you’d like to see—or are interested in hosting a team-building event like Google, DocuSign and Accenture have done—please email mheaton@uwkc.org for more info.


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