Taste Raises Funds for the Kidney Foundation of Chattanooga

Sarah Cooksey, Chattanooga, Tenn.–The Chattanooga Kidney Foundation will celebrate their achievements of the past and fundraise for the events of the future at Taste. The event will be held at

Contributed Photo by Jonathan Susman Food samples provided by local businesses at the event in 2013.
Contributed Photo by Jonathan Susman
Food samples provided by local businesses at the event in 2013.

Stratton Hall on Thursday, March 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The affair will showcase local restaurants as their chefs prepare their premiere dishes for guests to sample.

The restaurants participating include Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Ovalle’s Mexican Café, Petunia’s Silver Jalapeno, Public House, Poblano’s Mexican Grill And Bar, Milk & Honey Gelato, Terra Mae, On The List, Beast + Barrel, Hair Of The Dog, and Mellow Mushroom.

Guests will receive a souvenir wine glass along with one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available.  The night will also feature local musician Ryan Oyer and his band as entertainment.

Though food and fun are the focus of the night, they are there to provide the means to fuel the foundation.

The Chattanooga Kidney Foundation provides support to families in the Chattanooga area with medical equipment, transportation, nutritional supplement, utilities, medications, rent or mortgage, and food.

Predominantly,  Milli Yium, a member of the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Kidney Foundation, encouraged those in a struggle with their kidney health.  “There is hope and treatment available.”

 Contributed Photo by Jonathan Susman Branded glasses that were used during the Taste event in 2013.
Contributed Photo by Jonathan Susman
Branded glasses that were used during the Taste event in 2013.

The foundation’s website quoted approximately 230,000 Americans suffering from chronic renal diseases depended on an artificial kidney machine to stay alive.

Here in the Chattanooga region, there are about 15 dialysis centers with nearly 700 active patients at a time. Typically, the dialysis process takes three or four hours during two or three days a week. The machines act as artificial kidneys to cleanse the blood to regulate waste and control the amount of the body’s chemicals.

The Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga does not receive donations from the National Kidney Foundation. Therefore, all of the funds raised here, stay here. The foundation will devote about $7,000 a month for medications, transportations, and among other needs.

Tyler Kaiser, a freshman from Chattanooga, works at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio which contributed to the foundation’s fall fundraiser, Dare to Dance.

“It does a lot of good.” He explained about the foundation.  “Its spectrum of charity is broad.”

Tickets for the event are for 21 and up and are priced $35 prior to the event and $40 day-of. For more information, visit tastechatt.com

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