Palmetto Place Sweet and Savory fundraising event returns for 14th year


Palmetto Place Sweet and Savory fundraising event returns for 14th year

Palmetto Place Children & Youth Services has two options for guests to sample food from some of the Midlands best chefs.

Columbia, S.C. – After having to cancel last year, Palmetto Place Children & Youth Services Sweet & Savory fundraising event returns with two options for people to help raise money for programs and services for pregnant and parenting teens as well as foster care and youth in transition.

The organization offers a unique twist for the event that is presented by Apex Forensic Engineers, which is Monday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. at 701 Whaley. Ten chefs will compete for top honors and guests can attend in-person or virtually. Tickets are available now at

To attend in-person, simply purchase an “In-Person” ticket, and this event will follow all the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. The $60 ticket includes access to the Market Building and Granby Room, tasting plates from 10 chefs, an open bar with a Tito’s Vodka signature cocktail, photo booth, music featuring the Finesse Band and a virtual silent auction. There is also a limited number of reserved tables that seat eight and include two bottles of champagne for $750.

To attend virtually, purchase a “Virtual Ticket” and follow the instructions, including scheduling a time to pick up the basket from 701 Whaley and wine preference. The basket will include a sampler box from the chefs, a bottle of wine, a QR code for the event program, a link to view the Finesse Band live and more. Virtual guests will receive an email confirmation that includes access to the virtual silent auction.

Participating chefs include:

• Chef Howard Stephens, Market on Main
• Chef Mike Ellis, The Grand
• Chef Jason Bruner, 1801 Grille
• Chefs Vinnie Livoti & Lawrence Wright, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
• Chef Ashley Bundrick, Primal Gourmet
• Chef Jedediah Ford, Cafe Strudel
• Chef Brittiney Moore, 8th Wonder Cuisine
• Chef Paul Cernansky, Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

“We are so excited to have our organization’s signature event return for a 13th year,” says Jill McHugh, executive director. “We use donations from Sweet & Savory throughout the year to provide housing and support to our youth. We are so grateful to the chefs for donating their talents and our sponsors and guests to support our mission. This has not been a normal year but having this event gives us optimism about the future.”

Palmetto Place is a group home and offers services for pregnant and parenting teens and unaccompanied youth. To learn more about the organization, including services, volunteer opportunities, or donate, visit

About Palmetto Place
Since April of 1977, Palmetto Place has been a home for children and teens who are experiencing crisis. We provide a safe, loving environment where children and youth who have been abused or neglected can heal from the wounds of their trauma. We prepare teens to live independently and help them reach self-sufficiency. In 2016, we expanded our shelter from one house with 20 beds to two houses with more than 50 beds and expanded again in 2019 with a Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program. Here, the state’s most vulnerable children and teens are home.

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