Mann Packing Hosts Bi-Coastal Charity Events
- by Jordan Okumura
SALINAS, CA - Affirming its commitment to philanthropy while raising its profile nationally, Mann Packing sponsored bi-coastal events in the last month, benefitting Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County and D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., doing good for communities across the nation while promoting Mann’s Tenderbite Green Beans.
“Giving back to the community is a huge part of who we are as a company, especially when we can support organizations that are important to our customers,” said Gina Nucci, Director of Corporate Marketing at Mann’s. “We were more than happy to throw our Tenderbite Beans into the ring in order to bolster organizations who are combating breast cancer and hunger—two causes near and dear to us.”
The 13th annual Capital Food Fight was held on November 10 at the Ronald Reagan Building on Capital Hill. The even featured 75 D.C. area restaurant stations, and drew over 1,300 attendees. Four local chefs competed to outdo each other in a challenge that involved cooking with mystery ingredients—including Mann’s Tenderbite Green Beans.
The Food Fight, founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres, gives 100 percent of event proceeds to D.C. Central Kitchen to provide nutritious meals to 80 nonprofit partners and 15 schools. The organization also helps unemployed men and women begin careers in the culinary industry. Mann’s was also joined by Keany Produce as sponsors of the event.
The Susan G. Komen Culinary Showdown was held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on October 22. Top Los Angeles County fundraisers were trained in a celebrity chef school, then broken into five teams to compete in an Iron Chef-style competition. Participants included Food Network’s Elizabeth Faulkner and Tyler Florence, Top Chef alums Antonia Lofaso and Michael Voltaggio and Chef Ben Ford, all using mystery ingredients featuring Mann’s products.
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