Coastal Cupboard knife sharpening event helps Basket Brigade

  • Monday, October 28, 2013

Get your knives sharpened at Coastal Cupboard Nov. 1-3 and help the Charleston Basket Brigade make Thanksgiving happy for needy families. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Coastal Cupboard will hold its semi-annual Charity Knife Sharpening Event Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3 at its Mount Pleasant Belle Hall Shopping Center location at 644-J Long Point Road. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Prad Bitner, owner of the store invites everyone in the Charleston area to get their straight-edged knives professionally sharpened for only a $1 donation per knife, where every dollar will benefit The Charleston Basket Brigade (CBB).

During the event guests may enjoy free gourmet food tastings, knife demonstrations and enter a charity raffle to win cutlery sets, cooking classes at The Coastal Cupboard and more. Doc Crombie from Doc Crombie’s BBQ will also be serving up his famous barbecue sauces and new line of steak and hot sauces. The store will also host two book signings on Saturday, Nov. 2 with cookbook authors Gena Knox and Carey Morey.

“We love the Basket Brigade’s mission and are thrilled to support them again this year at the knife sharpening event,” said Pitner. “It is a perfect time to get your knives sharpened with the holiday season right around the corner; and you’re simultaneously giving people in our community the gift of a Thanksgiving meal.”

The Charleston Basket Brigade is a local nonprofit organization with a commitment to bring the community together to provide Charleston Tri-County families with all of the ingredients to cook a Thanksgiving meal. This year the CBB has set a goal to raise $100,000 to feed 20,000 residents (Approximately 3,333 families) for Thanksgiving. It only takes $30 to feed a family of 6-8 and 100 percent of the donations go toward purchasing food. The meal includes a 10-12 pound turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, a pumpkin pie, fresh rolls and butter. Each family receives an anonymous letter inside the basket that reads “This comes to you from someone who cares about you. All we ask is that you take care of yourself well enough to be able to do this for someone else one day.” Then on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, the Basket Brigade rallies up hundreds of volunteers to assemble and deliver all of the meals to each and every family.

Pam Hartley, co-founder of The Charleston Basket Brigade said, “We are so grateful to be a beneficiary for this great event again this year. Our mission is simple and heartfelt, we just want to lend a helping hand to our neighbors and give them a great Thanksgiving experience that they would otherwise not have.”

During the Charity Knife Sharpening Event on Saturday, Nov. 2, The Coastal Cupboard will host two book signings. Gena Knox, national food writer, cookbook author and CEO of Fire & Flavor, will be at the store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Knox is the author of award winning cookbook “Gourmet Made Simple,” which offers fresh healthy dishes and with some recipes featuring plank grilling, and her Best Seller “Southern My Way,” which features recipes from her childhood with a healthy twist. Later in the afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m., Charleston’s own Carrie Morey, owner of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, will meet with guests and sign her nationally acclaimed cookbook “Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions” that shares some of her heirloom recipes from the family kitchen.

For more details plus tips on ways to transport your knives safely to and from the event, visit www.TheCoastalCupboard.com or the store’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TheCoastalCupboard.

To learn more about the Charleston Basket Brigade and how to donate or volunteer, visit www.CharlestonBasketBrigade.com.

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