Apron Inc. hosting its 5th annual Taste of Independents
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Apron Inc. hosting its 5th annual Taste of Independents


ANN: THANK YOU. SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE YOU. APRON INC. IS HOSTING ITS 5TH
— FIFTH ANNUAL TASTE OF
INDEPENDENTS. IT IS A CHARITY TASTING EVENT
THAT BENEFITS LOCAL RESTAURANTS
AND CHEFS. APRON INC.’S PRESIDENT, GARY
FOX, JOINS US WITH MORE DETAILS. THIS IS THE FIFTH YOUR FOR THIS
EVENT, BUT YOU GUYS HAVE RAISED
SOME SERIOUS MONEY FOR THOSE WHO
SERVE US. GARY: WE HAVE. I MENTIONED TO YOU THAT WE ARE A
HAIR’S BREATH AWAY OF GETTING —
HITTING THE QUARTER MILLION
DOLLAR MARK IN GRANTS GIVEN OUT. AND IN SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE
US, WE DO WAITERS AND
WAITRESSES, WE COVER THE ENTIRE
GAMBIT OF INDEPENDENT RESTAURANT
WORKERS FROM OWNERS DOWN TO
WORKERS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. ANN: IT IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE
IT HELPS THE ECONOMY AND ALSO
HELPS THE AVAILABILITY OF
ENJOYING FOODS. THEY HAVE TO GET A START
SOMEWHERE AND YOU HELP THEM WITH
THAT READ GARY: EXACTLY. — THAT. GARY: EXACTLY. WE ARE HERE WHEN THEY FIND
THEMSELVES IN HUGE FINANCIAL
NEED. THEY DON’T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF
BACKUP, LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO
WORK IN RESTAURANTS — BACKUP, A
LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WORK IN
RESTAURANTS. SOMEBODY HAD THEIR FINGER CHEWED
OFF THE OTHER DAY. ANN: OH MY. [LAUGHTER]
GARY: THAT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE
FUN AT ALL. DON’T GET A PITBULL. I SHOULDN’T SAY THAT. PARDON ME. ANN: A DOG BITE, OK. GARY: WE WERE ABLE TO PAY HER
RENT, ELECTRICITY, CAR PAYMENTS
AND THINGS. IT IS A HELP, BUT IT IS
IMPORTANT WHEN YOU HAVE NO
MONEY. ANN: TALK ABOUT THE EVENTS. YOU ARE RAISING MONEY FOR THOSE
INSTANCES SO THEY CAN CONTINUE
ON THEIR LIFE AS THEY ARE TRYING
TO GET THE RESTAURANT GOING AND
SO FORTH. WHAT IS IT THAT THIS ANNUAL
FUNDRAISER WILL DO AND WHAT IS
HAPPENING? GARY: THIS FUNDRAISER IS A GREAT
AFTERNOON. IT IS NEXT SUNDAY, THE 14TH, AT
EARLY 701 FRANKFURT. IT’S FROM 1:00 UNTIL 4:00 IN THE
AFTERNOON. IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERNOON OF
TASTINGS. THERE WILL BE 30 RESTAURANTS, A
LOT OF LIQUOR VENDORS, WINE
VENDORS, A SILENT AUCTION,
BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS FROM A
PRIZE-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER. LOTS OF WONDERFUL THINGS. THIS MONEY SUPPORTS US, GIVING

AND WE HAVE ROBBIE BARTLETT
SINGING. ANN: EVERYBODY LOVES ROBBIE. GARY: ABSOLUTELY. [LAUGHTER]
ANN: THIS GIVES PEOPLE A CHANCE
TO TASE THE FOODS THAT ARE
LOCAL. GARY: EXACTLY. — TASTE THE FOODS THAT ARE
LOCAL. GARY: EXACTLY. WE ENCOURAGE IS MUCH BOURBON AS
THEY POSSIBLY CAN. [LAUGHTER]
GARY: IT IS ALWAYS A LOT OF FUN. ANN: ALL RIGHT. GARY: WE GIVE AN AWARD FOR
PEOPLE WHO GIVE THE MOST SERVICE
OR THAT WE FEEL DESERVE
RECOGNITION FOR HELPING OUT THE
INDEPENDENT RESTAURANT
COMMUNITY. ANN: WONDERFUL. IT HAS BEEN FIVE YEARS GOING
STRONG WITH THIS ANNUAL EVENT. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, HERE’S
MORE INFORMATION. TASTE OF INDEPENDENTS WILL BE
HELD NEXT SUNDAY JULY 14 AT THE
OLMSTED FROM 1:00 UNTIL 4:00
THAT AFTERNOON. THE AWARDS CEREMONY WILL BE HELD
FROM 2:30 UNTIL 3:00. TICKETS ARE $50 IN ADVANCE AND
$60 AT THE DOOR. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE
LINK ON YOUR SCR

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