Tahona Grille hosting the monthly C.A.F.E. Huntington meal at 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON — Opened this summer and featuring such regionally made brews as Bridge Brew Works out of Fayetteville, Tahona Grille, packs plenty of local flavor.
They turn that up a notch come at 6 p.m., Tuesday as the new downtown restaurant plays host to the monthly arts-fueled community dinner called, CAFE (Creative Arts Funding Endeavor) Huntington.
Located at the corner of 4th Avenue and 10th Street in downtown Huntington, Tahona Grille, which features a fresh and wide variety of American, Mexican and Italian cuisine, will serve up a buffet of appetizers from their menu.
Tickets can be bought in advance via the website (www.cafehuntington.com) or at the door with cash, check or credit card. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.
At CAFE, which celebrates its two-year anniversary in June 2012, attendees share a meal, normally cooked by volunteers, and at meal’s end, people vote on which artists or project will get the money collected at the dinner. Up to five artists can present.
In its first year in Huntington, CAFE has funded visual art projects, Huntington Dance Theatre programs, the Huntington Music and Arts Festival, local farmers and goat-cheese makers, a local puppet comedy troupe, a local print-maker, the Tri-State Youth Orchestra, a Batik and tie-dyed T-shirt artist, a potter, a community volunteer, a family-run organic farm, a regionally traveling high school percussion ensemble, the Huntington Underground CD samplers and more.
Simone Girodet Kompanek, who helps organize CAFE said this will be a rare but welcome change to have a local restaurant host the monthly dinner which has been held in local parks, churches, the public library, the Renaissance Art Center, and any other place that will host the dinner.
“It’s a great opportunity for CAFE,” Kompanek said. “We have been able to grants to people who are part of the food industry and now to see the food industry come and support us shows us that community spirit that is involved with the project,” Kompanek said. “We have a very dedicated group of volunteers who cook and then clean up after 30 to 60 people once a month and to be able to even give my dishwashers a break is greatly appreciated. We would love to have an opportunity to be able to work with some of the other establishments in the area as well and we’re hoping that Tahona is leading by example.”
So far three presenters will talk about their projects at Tuesday night’s dinner.
Apartment 2B Productions, which has produced a couple indie movie flicks that have been shown at festivals around the region, is seeking funds for its second feature-length independent comedy, “Ladybeard.”
Norman Branch and his Huntington-based community theater company, Stars R Us Theatre Troupe, is presenting.
Stars R Us, which has done original productions at both the Paramount and the Keith-Albee as well as community centers in the region, is seeking funds to expand the number of plays they can produce this season.
The third presenter is Lauren Kemp, who is seeking funds to help Unlimited Futures, Inc., bring in a national speaker, Anthony Flaccavento, director of rural SCALE to facilitate a community conversation about creating a local food hub to connect more local food producers with consumers.
Find out more info online at www.cafehuntington.com and read more about Cafe’s January meeting later this week inside the Herald-Dispatch.