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Poppy Hill chosen to take part in Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution Day”

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Poppy Hill Tuscan Kitchen in downtown Fredericksburg is one of 20 restaurants around the country that will be hosting “social

Jamie Oliver

dinner” fundraising events in connection with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution Day” on May 19.

Oliver, through his Jamie Oliver Foundation, conceived Food Revolution Day as a collection of events in the U.S., U.K., and Australia to raise awareness of the global obesity problem and funnel resources into food education in schools and other venues. Overall events include dinner parties, bake sales, cooking lessons and others.

Poppy Hill co-owner Ingrid Mahar said the restaurant was contacted by Oliver’s foundation, and will be the only restaurant in Virginia hosting one of the social dinners, the proceeds of which go toward Oliver’s foundation.

Instead of taking over the whole restaurant, the fundraiser is limited to one 10-seat table.

If you’re interested, you can book a seat here for $32. The menu includes an starter, entree and dessert, with drinks purchased separately. Mahar said she’ll be selecting a special wine list to complement the event, with organic and sustainable vintners featured.

The idea is to get a group of people who may not know each other, but who share similar interests together at the table. Mahar said the foundation specifically asked participating restaurants to keep prices reasonable to emphasize that local, sustainable, “real” food isn’t just for folks with a lot of money.

“We are beyond thrilled to be asked to participate, and for the money to go to such a great cause supporting global efforts with his foundation is really an honor for little Poppy Hill,” Mahar said.

The event will take place May 19 at 7 p.m.

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