April Loving Spoonful Fundraisers for Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

The Tomato Head celebrates the conservation and trail preservation efforts of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club with their next round of Loving Spoonful fundraisers. The last three Tuesdays in April provide our community the opportunity to help raise awareness and much needed funds for AMBC trail development in Knox County.

“AMBC is excited to be partnering with The Tomato Head in the month of April,” said AMBC Secretary Molly Robinson. “We love to support local business, and Tomato Head’s commitment to healthy, quality food and sustainability is a perfect match. Funds raised from this partnership will go directly to the trails and our efforts to conserve Knoxville’s open spaces.”

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club currently maintains the Knoxville Urban Wilderness trail network in south Knoxville and Concord Park in west Knoxville as well as Sharp’s Ridge in north Knoxville and I.C. King Park in south Knoxville. AMBC provided over 1300 man hours for the layout and construction of trails in Hastie Natural Area.

By partnering with Knox County, Ijams Nature Center, TWRA and numerous private land owners, AMBC developed 35 miles of multi-use natural surface trails at Forks of the River WMA, Ijams/Ross Marble Quarry and Marie Myers Park.

“The network of hiking and biking trails created by AMBC in South Knoxville creates a world class outdoor attraction that is within easy cycling distance of our downtown and close-in neighborhoods. What truly amazes us is the dedication of the AMBC volunteers who get the work done, said Tomato Head co-owner Scott Partin.

“On any given weekend 30-50 incredible folks will show up and toil for several hours with hand tools, literally hacking the trails out of the forest. We are inspired and humbled by the work done by our fellow Knoxvillians and are honored to support their work this month.”

A portion of the proceeds generated at each event goes directly to AMBC.

April 15 (Sandwich Day Fundraiser) Both Tomato Head locations during lunch and dinner will offer a special AMBC sandwich with $3 dollars from each sandwich sold going to the nonprofit.

April 22 (Pint Night Fundraiser) Foothills Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel Aged People’s Porter. AMBC receives $1 from each draft sold, whether it’s the  Bourbon Barrel Aged People’s Porter or any tasty craft beer we offer on draft. This event takes place at both Tomato Head locations.

April 29 (Beer Dinner Fundraiser) Four course menu paired with a selection of Foothills Brewing beers. Tickets are only $45 (including tax and gratuity). AMBC receives $10 from each ticket sold. Our location in The Gallery Shopping Center at 7240 Kingston Pike hosts the beer dinner.

  • Cucumber Benedictine. Benton’s Country Ham. Flour Head Bakery Parker house roll. Torch Pilsner.
  • Wilted mixed greens. Asparagus. Radish. Spring onion. Crispy salami or crispy mushrooms. Ricotta Salata. Jade IPA
  • Braised Lamb or Seitan. Herbed Polenta. Spring Vegetable Succotash. Hoppyum IPA
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlet. Marscapone cream. Carolina Strawberry Blonde
Seating is limited so call 584-1075 today for reservations.

For more information or interviews, please contact Molly Robinson, AMBC Secretary, at 865-250-0425 and mollymr1@gmail.com, or Michael Kuczmarski, The Tomato Head’s Marketing Director, at marketing@thetomatohead.com and 865-850-2318.

About Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club is a chapter of the South East regional division of IMBA, committed to complement the goals and purpose of IMBA. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable trail access for off-road bicyclists and, to maintaining the trails on which mountain bikers ride and other user groups rely on. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club supports the conservation of open spaces and is committed to educating mountain bicyclists to ride sensitively and responsibly in order to protect the natural environment and the experience of other trail users.

About The Tomato Head

Opened in 1990, The Tomato Head serves delicious sandwiches, pizzas, and burritos for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans, and is committed to teaming up with East Tennessee nonprofits to enrich the lives of the less fortunate in the area. Its new charitable donation program, Loving Spoonful, is a partnership between East Tennessee nonprofits, regional craft breweries and the restaurant. It consists of a series of fundraisers and special events with a percentage of the proceeds raised going to our community partner of the month.

March Loving Spoonful Fundraisers for Junior Achievement

Thank you to everyone that came out in February for the launch of our charitable giving program Loving Spoonful. With your help, we raised $610 for WUTK.

In March, we’re partnering with Junior Achievement of East Tennessee and Highland Brewing Company from Asheville, NC.

Why Junior Achievement?

“We like the fit between Junior Achievement and Loving Spoonful because of our focus on nonprofits that work with kids,” said Tomato Head co-owner Scott Partin. “Junior Achievement of East Tennessee does an outstanding job helping school children understand the realities of work life through its in-class work and by immersing kids in a day at work using its Biz Town campus.”

“Tomato Head stepping up to host a series of fundraisers for us will help us not only financially but to have the opportunity to get interest from participants to possibly get involved in a volunteer role.  Both aspects will  allow us to provide quality JA experiences for even more students – and to meet the demand for our programs,”said Callie Archer, VP of Development of Junior Achievement of East Tennessee.

“We appreciate the support and are looking forward to growing the partnership to serve even more young people.  It’s a WIN, WIN, WIN situation –  customers win because they get to enjoy great food and beverages from Tomato Head, the company wins by being known as one that invests in their community, and most importantly, students win when they get a JA program!” 

You’ll have three opportunities to come out and show your support for the kids of Junior Achievement.

Be sure to save these dates!

Tuesday, March 11 (Sandwich Day Fundraiser)

Both Tomato Head locations will offer a special Junior Achievement Banh Mi sandwich with $3 dollars from each sandwich sold going to the nonprofit.

Sriacha Mayo. Bo Ssam Roasted Pork/Asian Glazed Tofu. Pickled Carrots. Daikon Radish Slaw. Braised Napa Cabbage. Fresh Cilantro

Tuesday, March 18 (Pint Night Fundraiser)

Our friends at Highland Brewing Company are sending our Market Square location their Ashevilliner Weiss, a delicious award winning beer in the Berliner Weiss style. You won’t be able to get this anywhere else in Knoxville. The Gallery of Knoxville store will pour Highland’s Little Hump Spring Ale. Junior Achievement receives $1 from each draft sold, whether it’s the Ashevilliner Weiss, Little Hump Spring Ale or any tasty craft beer we offer on draft. Highland has also been kind enough to send pint glasses that will be given away as thank you gifts.

Tuesday, March 25 (Beer Dinner Fundraiser with Highland Brewery)

Rye Toast. Herbed Goat Cheese. Smoked Salmon. Pickled Onion. Gaelic Ale

Scotch Egg (Riverplains Sausage or Savory Fennel Cornbread). Spinach. Maple Mustard Vinaigrette. Black Mocha Stout

Shepard’s Pie or Vegetable Shepard’s Pie. Devil’s Britches IPA

Bourbon Vanilla Custard. Raspberries. Flour Head Bakery Shortbread. Black Mocha Stout Whipped Cream. Ashevilliner Weiss

Tickets are only $45 (including tax and gratuity). Junior Achievement of East Tennessee receives $10 from each ticket sold.

Seating is limited for our Highland Brewing Beer Dinner so call 584-1075 today for reservations.

Highland and JA logos copy

Raise your forks and pint glasses in support of WUTK this February.

The Tomato Head is introducing Loving Spoonful. It’s our new charitable donation program that is a partnership between our restaurant, regional craft breweries and East Tennessee nonprofits.

We’re excited to launch our new program in February with proceeds benefiting one of Knoxville’s biggest supporters of local culture and a valuable independent voice – WUTK 90.3 UT’s College of Rock. WUTK receives zero financial support for the University of Tennessee and needs funds for a much needed audio board.

The kind folks from Blue Pants Brewery in Madison, AL have been generous enough to send us special one-off beers and styles that make for a delicious reason to come out and quaff a few for an important community backer.

You’ll have three opportunities in February to raise these crucial funds, and we encourage you to come out and show your love for UT’s College of Rock.

Be sure to save these dates!

February 11 – Sandwich Day fundraiser at both locations. $3 from every special sandwich sold goes to UT’s College of Rock. Mahasti is making a meatball grinder using Belted Galloway beef from Riverplains Farm in Strawberry Plains, TN. You’ll have a choice of ground beef meatballs or vegetarian portobello balls with roasted onions and peppers topped with house made marinara. It will be served on a Flour Head Bakery beer mash hoagie.

February 18 – Pint Nights at both locations. The Gallery of Knoxville and Market Square will pour Blue Pants Brewery’s Belgian Red Ale aged in Cabernet barrels. $1 from each draft sold goes to WUTK

February 25 – Beer Dinner at The Gallery of Knoxville location featuring craft beers from Blue Pants Brewery paired with a special menu crafted by Sam and Mahasti. WUTK receives $10 from each ticket sold.

Seating is limited for our special Blue Pants Brewery Beer Dinner. Call 584-1075 today for reservations.

Loving Spoonful

We believe in the power of community.

Supporting our neighbors is part of our responsibility not only as business people but also as citizens of our city. As such, The Tomato Head is committed to teaming up with East Tennessee organizations to enrich the lives of the less fortunate in our community.

It’s on this philanthropic note that we’re announcing the launch our charitable giving program, Loving Spoonful.

Loving Spoonful is a partnership between East Tennessee nonprofits, regional craft breweries and The Tomato Head. We’ll hold a series of fundraisers and special events every month at both Tomato Head locations with a percentage of the proceeds raised going to our community partner.

We’re excited to launch our new program in February with proceeds benefitting one of Knoxville’s biggest supporters of local culture as well as being a valuable independent voice – WUTK 90.3 UT’s College of Rock. WUTK receives zero financial support for the University of Tennessee and needs funds for a much needed audio board.

We have many more East Tennessee nonprofits we’ll be celebrating throughout 2014 including Junior Achievement in March with Highland Brewing Company as our brewery partner. We have future fundraisers planned for Appalachian Mountain Bike ClubBeardsley FarmIjams Nature Center, and Imagination Library/Knox County Libraries.

Why the change?

By concentrating our energies on one nonprofit per month, we are better able to measure the impact of our giving as well as direct more money to and create greater awareness of each organization. Your continued support of The Tomato Head will further our charitable giving.

Loving Spoonful includes the following special events:

  • Sandwich Day fundraiser at each Tomato Head location with $3 from the sale of each special sandwich going to the charity.
  • Pint Night fundraiser at each Tomato Head location with $1 from each draft sold going to the nonprofit (It’s any draft beer sold, whether one the incredible offerings from our partner brewery or one of our other regional craft beers).
  • Beer Dinner fundraiser hosted at The Gallery of Knoxville location with $10 per guest going to the nonprofit. Seating is limited.
  • Tomato Head employees donating their time to the organization during a company-wide day of service.

GIVING POLICY

Because of the significant number of donation requests we receive, we have put the following criteria and guidelines in place.

To be eligible for participation in our charitable giving program, preference is given to secular 501(c)3 groups that maintain a focus within the following areas:

  • Women & Children – Dedicated to the well-being of women and children with a particular interest in serving children with special needs, survivors of domestic violence, or at-risk populations in our community.
  • Arts, Culture & Humanities – Focused on preserving, commemorating and celebrating the artistic and cultural heritage of East Tennessee, including studio artists, performance art groups, public broadcasters, schools and museums.
  • Human Services – Attend to the housing needs of the homeless, feeding the hungry, or providing literacy programs for children and adults.
  • Environment – Promote conservation and sustainable management of land, water, plant and energy resources; promote preservation and appreciation of environment, including outdoor activities.

WE DO NOT FUND

  • Educational Institutions (Exceptions are made for organizations within a university.)
  • Endowment Campaigns
  • Direct grants or scholarships to individuals
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Advertising in charitable publications
  • Sports Organizations
  • Labor Groups
  • Conferences, galas and charity balls

HOW TO BECOME A TOMATO HEAD PARTNER:

All applications submitted must include the following information:

  • Organization’s Name, Address and Office Phone Number (we do not mail to P.O. Box addresses)
  • Organization’s IRS 501(c)3 number
  • Organization’s mission statement
  • Current roster of officers and board members
  • Summary of past year’s program service accomplishments with demonstrative results from previous fundraisers. For example, donating $10 provides (x) amount of services or feeds (x) number of people. See how Friends of Literacy describe their accomplishments (http://friendsofliteracy.org/donate/).
  • Three (3) most recent Form 990
  • Contact Person’s Name, Phone Number and Email Address
Due to the number of applications received, The Tomato Head does not accept phone calls regarding the status of a particular request and regrets that we cannot fulfill every one. Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive notification as to whether or not your request has been approved. Our preference is to direct our limited resources to local groups demonstrating the greatest need. Therefore, we are not able to accommodate out-of-area applications.

WHAT WE EVALUATE

Each charity is evaluated on two bases – alignment of charitable mission with our values as described above and the following financial performance metrics; these include but are not limited to program expenses, administrative expenses, fundraising expenses and fundraising efficiency. Financial efficiency metrics are based on criteria and benchmarks set by bbb.org, charitynavigator.org, givewell.org and guidestar.org.

WHO TO CONTACT

All requests must be submitted in writing on the organization’s letterhead (mail or email) to:

The Tomato Head

Attn: Michael Kuczmarski

12 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902

Or, submit your proposal to marketing@thetomatohead.com (Attn: Michael Kuczmarski)

For 2014, applications will be taken on a rolling basis with reviews occurring the last week of the month. The application deadline is 5PM EST, October 1 of current year to be considered for the next year’s partnership. No phone or in-person requests will be accepted other than materials dropped off for consideration.

Tomato Head’s Rye Berry and Winter Greens Salad

December is a wonderful month for using those late-season greens from your CSA, like Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula and kale. Inspired by our first craft beer dinner, Mahasti visited one of our favorite local farms, Hines Valley Farm, to see what seasonal greens were available and what would pair best with a selection of beers from Oskar Blues Brewery.

The fine folks at Hines Valley had a great selection of tasty kale and collard greens. Both greens partner well with the tartness of the cranberries and the sweetness of the reduced balsamic vinegar. Rye berries offer health benefits such as being low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They also serve as a source of fiber and Vitamin B6. Although we served this salad as a side to English-style bangers, it could work very well as an entree on its own.

1.5 cups Rye berries

3 cups Water

3 cups Kale

3 cups Collards

½ cup Onion

2 Tbl Vegetable Oil

½ cup + 1 Tbl Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbl Olive Oil

1.5 tsp Salt

1 ½ cup Dried Cranberries

Soak rye in 3 cups of water overnight. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, drain the rye berries and add to boiling water. Boil berries for 5 minutes, drain , run under cold water and set aside in a large bowl.

Meanwhile dice onions. Cut greens in half lengthwise then into thin strips.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, bring to boil, and boil for 2 – 3 minutes until reduced by ½ . Add greens and lightly sauté. Add  sautéed greens to bowl with rye berries. Add remaining tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 1.5 tsp salt and dried cranberries. Toss until all ingredients are mixed together well.

Serve at room temperature – or refrigerate and serve cold.

Mahasti Vafaie, owner of The Tomato Head and Flour Head Bakery, shows us how to make a healthy lunch option: Rye Berry and Winter Greens Salad.

Tomato Head Rye Berry and Winter Greens Salad

Oskar Blues Brewery Beer Dinner

We’re excited to announce our FIRST beer dinner!

Mahasti and Sam have been busy crafting tasty foods to go with tasty beers from Oskar Blues Brewery.

It takes place at 6PM on Tuesday, December 10 at The Gallery of Knoxville. Be sure to call early for reservations because seating is limited.

First Course

Potato pancakes topped with house pickled beets from Mountain Meadow Farm, sour cream, and sauerkraut. Beer pairing is Mama’s Little Yella Pils.

Main Course

F Nolan and Sons Victuallers Redding English Bangers served on a Flour Head Bakery Stout bun with roasted sweet peppers and onions, and a sour cherry mustard made with Dales’s Deviant IPA. Accompanied by a Rye Berry Winter Green Salad. Beer pairing is Dale’s Pale Ale and Old Chub (Scotch Ale).

Dessert

Bread pudding made with Flour Head Bakery Parker House rolls and Schwab Farm roasted apples topped with a chocolate sauce made with Ten Fidy. Beer pairing is Ten Fidy, a Russian Imperial Stout.

Tickets are only $35 (Tax and gratuity included). Call us at The Gallery location to make your reservation (584-1075).

Craft beer dinner with Oskar Blues Brewery

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