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.

Our Summer T-shirt giveaway

Have you set some robot troops in Africa with your remote lately? Well, now’s the time to do it. Scott and Mahasti’s kids have designed the latest Tomato Head T-shirts, and we’re giving them away for free.

Maybe your old Tomato Head T-shirt is looking a little ragged or doesn’t fit as well as it used to. Take a picture of yourself wearing it on vacation, in the garden, with the kids or on Market Square (anywhere works), then post it on our Facebook page or on Twitter. If you post on Twitter make sure to tag us (@thetomatohead) or we won’t be able to see it. We’ll give you one of our new T-shirts for free. It’s as simple as that.

 

 

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