I might be new in town, but I don’t know of any restaurant where you can get a multi-course brunch and bottomless beer for $20. But at the first-ever Sunday Supper Durham, taking place this Sunday, April 29, from twelve p.m. to three p.m. at the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheater, it’s a delicious reality.
Even better, 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will benefit two local organizations fighting food insecurity in Durham: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, which will soon open a food pantry in the Lakewood Shopping Center that aims to conquer the estimated one-million-pound annual food shortage in Durham, and End Hunger Durham, an organization that helps connect the nearly one-fifth of Durham citizens and one in four children who are food insecure to food pantries, resources, and community connections.
Sunday Supper Durham was inspired by a nationally recognized Sunday Supper event that took place in Raleigh in November 2016 to raise money for flood relief in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, where one thousand people dined together at a two-city-block-long table on Fayetteville Street. The Sunday Supper nonprofit’s mission is to bring people together through the supper table and help cities around the country implement the concept in the hopes of restoring unity. It was an instrumental part in helping the Durham event get off the ground.
The Durham event will underscore that sense of fostering community by breaking bread: there will be two long communal tables set with Angus Barn cheese and crackers so that attendees can nibble while they mingle, and once everyone is seated, food will be served family-style by an army of volunteers in the hopes of encouraging conversation. The menu includes chicken tinga enchiladas from Gonza Tacos y Tequila; biscuits, chopped pork BBQ, slaw, and green beans from Maybelle’s Biscuits & BBQ and Southern Harvest; black beans and rice from Tyler’s Taproom; sliced cucumbers and tomatoes from the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham; and mini cheesecakes from Guyon’s My Favorite Cheesecakes. Wash it down with beer from Bull Durham Beer, Coke or Coke Zero from Durham Coca-Cola, or energy drinks from Fit Aid Beverages.
Besides embodying the event’s message of “break bread, share a glass, give thanks, help others,” the organizers hope that Sunday Supper Durham will inspire attendees long after their meal.
“We want them to take the feeling of being served and inspire them to work at a food pantry or volunteer. Maybe they’ll think ‘I’m going to serve others after being served,’” says James Glenn, a Duke University alumni and former football player who is spearheading the event.