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Restaurant Joins Share Our Strength Maine’s Efforts to Fight Childhood Hunger

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PORTLAND —  Share Our Strength Maine today announced that Evangeline (www.restaurantevangeline.com) will host a fundraiser called Discover the Tastes of France on Wednesday, July 14 to help fight childhood hunger in Maine. The event will feature an open house, dinner and silent auction.

“After participating in Share our Strength Maine’s “Taste of the Nation” benefit for the first time this year and learning about the positive impact the organization is making in our community, I decided I wanted to do more to help,” said Erik Desjarlais, owner and chef of Evangeline. “I’m also a new father and the knowledge that children in our state are going hungry really hit me hard, so I wanted to share my love of French food and raise money to benefit Share Our Strength. I hope this becomes an annual event at the restaurant.”

In Maine, there are nearly 60,000 children under 18 who have limited or uncertain access to nutritious food, making it challenging to reach their full potential in school and in life. Since its first Taste of the Nation event in 2006, Share our Strength Maine (http://strength.org/portlandme/) has raised nearly $250,000 for some of the state’s most successful anti-hunger organizations working diligently to feed hungry children. This year’s beneficiary organizations are Preble Street Teen Center, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Cultivating Community and East End Kids Katering.

Discover the Tastes of France will be held at Evangeline, located at 190 State Street. The event will start with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m., to feature a wine tasting by Ned Swain of Devenish Wines, French cheeses and delicacies created by Chef Desjarlais. The open house will be followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will include three courses of French favorites inspired by the summer. The open house is $20 per person, the dinner is $55; the cost for both events is $65. Evangeline is donating 20 percent of the event’s proceeds to Share Our Strength Maine. Call 207-791-2800 for reservations.

“We are delighted Evangeline came to us with this idea,” said John Woods, committee chair of Share Our Strength Maine. “Efforts like Evangeline’s July 14 event are so important in terms of keeping the issue of childhood hunger in the community dialogue throughout the year.”

The evening will also feature a silent auction. Items include a dinner for two at Evangeline with an overnight stay at the Portland Harbor Hotel; a dinner for two at Bresca combined with a one-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn; and a private wine tasting for 10 hosted by Devenish Wines plus an overnight stay at the Eastland Park Hotel. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Share Our Strength Maine’s designated local organizations.

About Evangeline
Evangeline is located at 190 State Street in Portland, Maine’s Arts District and has earned distinction as one of the country’s best small French restaurants. The restaurant is known for its quintessential French dining experience and modern bistro atmosphere. Chef Erik Desjarlais and his team are inspired by the regions of France and local and seasonal ingredients. Meals are prepared using the highest quality ingredients with an abundance of naturally grown items from local Maine farmers, suppliers and producers. The newly conceived wine and cocktail lists will include old world French wines, new world American wines, and refreshing early summer inspired drinks. Since opening in 2008, the restaurant has received an impressive amount of press in national and regional outlets including, The New York Times, World Traveler, Sherman’s Traveler, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Portland Press Herald. In 2009, USA Today named Evangeline one of the 10 greatest places in the country to master the art of French eating, alongside nine masters of French food, including Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Michel Richard and Hubert Keller. Follow the restaurant on Facebook.

About Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength is the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. We weave together a net of community groups, activists and good programs to catch the children at risk of hunger and ensure they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. We work with the culinary industry to create engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation®, Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale, Share Our Strength’s A Tasteful Pursuit®, Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out®, and Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline. Visit Strenght.org to learn more.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Belinda Donovan

Telephone Number: (207)318-8026

Website: http://www.restaurantevangeline.com

Email: belindadonovan@maine.rr.com