Some of Charleston’s party people only had to hear the word “gin” to sign up for the Nation’s Most Inspired Bartender Search going on at the Riviera tonight. And the event, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire and GQ Magazine, is sure to be a fun time. But whether they’re aware of it or not, gin-guzzling guests will be helping feed hungry people across the Lowcountry.

All of the proceeds from tonight’s event benefit Charleston Chefs Feed the Need, an organization put together by Charleston Grill’s GM Mickey Bakst. It’s a coalition of 50-plus restaurants and caterers helping out four nonprofits: Crisis Ministries, Tricounty Family Ministries, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, and Neighborhood House. Bakst’s goal is to serve 400 meals a week, or over 20,000 meals over the course of the year, and to eventually make Feed the Need a national effort. 

So far, so good. A recent sponsored by Tidewater BBQ was at Tricounty Family Ministries and served over 500 people.

Even Firefly Vodka is getting in on the action. Wanting to give back to the Charleston community that helped them get their start, they’re donating $15 from every case of their new Sea Island Java Rhum and Sea Island Carolina Gold Rum to Feed the Need.

If tonight’s event sells all 400 tickets, that’ll be $10,000, which equals nearly 5,000 meals for the organization. So there you have it: your feel-good excuse for partying tonight.

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