Your favorite Twin Cities kitchens & bar crews are coming together to throw an epic FUNDRAISER for our pal Tommy Begnaud.
On Wednesday, March 25th, Tommy was driving home from work when he was hit by a drunk driver. The other driver had run a stop sign and t-boned Tommy's car, completely crushing the driver side of the car and many of his bones. The majority of his injuries are in his hip which was broken in 6 different places. Four lower ribs have also been fractured along with two lower vertebrae. Thankfully and most importantly there are no spinal cord or brain injuries and he continues to be the colorful person we all know and love.
Unfortunately, the other driver was both unlicensed and uninsured. Additionally, the road to wellness will be long and trying, with time spent in a wheelchair, to a walker and eventually to a "really pimp" cane. With lawyer costs, unforeseen medical expenses and eventual home modifications anything goes a long way. As most of you know, Tommy is an Executive Chef and it will take some time before he can return to work.
So the local food community is stepping up and throwing a party in his honor. It will be an ALL YOU CAN EAT & DRINK SITUATION!!! We are serving a potluck style event, each chef/kitchen and bartender will be bringing one or two items to share. We have an awesome line-up and are so grateful to all those participating.
-Erick Harcey, Victory 44
-Mandy Zechmeister, The Mill NE
-Jorge Guzman & Surly posse
-Ann Kim, Pizzeria Lola & Hello Pizza
-Jack Riebel, Il Foro/ The Lexington,/Paddy Shack
-Jesse Held, Borough/Parlour/Coup D’Etat/Monello/Constantine
-Steven Brown & team Tilia
-Tim Niver & J.D. Fratzke, Strip Club & Saint Dinette
-Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, James Winberg & Travail crew
-Adam Gorski, La Belle Vie
-Nick Kosevich and Bittercube gang
-John Ng and Zen Box crew
-Lucas Almandinger, Third Bird
-Kim Tong and the Borough/Parlour and Coup D'état family
-Brian Werner, Heyday
-Alex Roberts and Alma/Brasa friends
-Travis Serbus, Lyn 65
All you need to do is grab a ticket and show up. We will also be offering a small silent auction during the event, with gift certificates and experiences donated by tons of folks in town ($100 to cafe Levain etc etc).
IF YOU CAN'T JOIN us for the party please consider donating by buying a "not coming to event but want to contribute" ticket at $25, $50, and $100. Besides the credit card processing fee ALL MONEY will go to Tommy. He has a long road ahead, so let's join him on this journey by partying & donating :)