Dining out for the community: Local foodie fundraiser events in Nashville

Save the dates for Dining Out for Life, Yum! East, and Smash & Pash — all scheduled for mid-to late May 2023 in Nashville, TN.


Nicoletto’s is one of many participating Yum! East vendors. | Photo by NASHtoday

No need to set the table — three upcoming Nashville food fundraisers promise good eats for good causes. Today we’re dishing details on Dining Out for Life, Yum! East, and Smash & Pass.

🍽️ Dining Out For Life

Wednesday, May 17 | Times vary | Locations vary

  • The annual city-wide event supports Nashville CARES and its mission to provide HIV/AIDS care and preventative services in Middle Tennessee.
  • Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner from 50+ participating local restaurants — meal times vary by eatery.
  • Restaurants contribute 30% to 100% of gross proceeds (either food only or food and alcohol).

🍽️ Yum! East

Thursday, May 18 | 5-9 p.m. | East Park, 700 Woodland St.

  • Now in its 11th year, 100% of proceeds support Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, which helps to provide affordable, high-quality child care for local families.
  • Dozens of East Nashville restaurants will be in attendance, including Nicoletto’s, Butcher & Bee, and Lockeland Table.
  • Admission starts at $60 per person and includes unlimited food samples, a souvenir pint glass, and an open bar with craft beer and wine.

🍽️ Smash & Pass

Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Audrey, 809 Meridian St.

  • This ticketed, outdoor event will raise funds for Patchwork, a group of chefs providing restaurant-inspired meals to those in need.
  • Sample burgers from Joyland, Redheaded Stranger, Xiao Bao, Mother’s Ruin, Café Roze, Maíz De La Vida, Slide Hustle, Dreamburger, and The Secret Bodega. Plus, snack on fries from Grillshack and sip libations from Bearded Iris and East Nashville Brew Works — non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.
  • Each $50 ticket includes burger samples, one complimentary beverage, and a donation of 10 meals to Patchwork’s meals program.
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