By MARC LUTZ
Business Journal Editor
MODESTO — Get ready to get your grub on … and do some good while you’re gobbling.
The annual Edible Extravaganza is being held for the 31st year, showcasing more than 50 food and beverage vendors in Stanislaus County, while raising funds for the Center for Human Services.
On September 7, an anticipated 1,200 food enthusiasts will gather at Modesto Centre Plaza to sample all manner of food and drink. Proceeds will help the Center Human Services, a local nonprofit agency, provide drug and alcohol treatment, offer the Father Involved Network to help fathers connect with their children and reach out to homeless and runaway teenagers through its Hutton House and Pathways programs.
It’s not only a tasty way for participants to discover new restaurants, wineries and breweries, it’s a way for businesses to help others through their offerings.
“Vendors can know that what they give through their food helps the community,” said Jessica Irish, Communication and Brand Manager for CHS. What started in an empty storefront in McHenry Village has grown enormously. “We now fill up Modesto Centre Plaza, which will be teeming with energy.”
Among the vendors will be Maria Apodaca, owner of Frost Bakery and Fine Foods in Modesto.
“This event is at the top of my list to participate. I like seeing the community come together for a good cause,” said Apodaca. Frost hosted a preview on August 23 of Edible Extravaganza, letting attendees sample the lemon bars, espresso-topped bars and red velvet cupcakes she will be serving.
Read more about the event and its offerings in this month’s Central Valley Business Journal, published September 1.
More information can be obtained and tickets can be purchased for the Edible Extravaganza by calling (209) 526-1476 or by visiting centerforhumanservices.org/edible