Monday April 4, 6:30-8:30pm

The Mission

Greece is a country with less than half the population of Texas, yet it faces an unprecedented migration crisis with tens of thousands of people entering the country from the Middle East each month—and the crisis is escalating. Over 100,000 people have entered Greece so far just since January 2016.

Most vulnerable among these are unaccompanied minors, children separated from their families and at great risk of falling into the hands of human traffickers. Since the Greek government is in no position to provide the specialized services they need, NGOs are doing the work, without a source of permanent funding.

Metadrasi is a Greek NGO that provides guardianship, translation, and legal services to these children, among other things. Our support can spare these children from disappearing into an underworld of exploitation and help them to rebuild their lives. Click here for a recent NPR news story on their work.

For every $3,600 we raise, we can support 20-25 children in the unaccompanied minors program for a month, keeping them safe from harm and helping them transition to new lives.

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The Event

Evan Turner, founder of Helen Greek Food and Wine (2429 Rice Boulevard) and a true philhellene, has generously offered to host a celebration of Greek hospitality in the form of a wine tasting with appetizers in the UH Hilton College’s spectacular Spec’s Food and Beverage Appreciation Laboratory on Monday April 4, 2016. There is limited space at this event, but it will be a wonderful way to celebrate the centuries-old traditions of Greek wine-making in the service of a very important cause.  The Honors College and the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management are proud to co-sponsor this event along with Helen. It’s a town and gown effort for a truly worthy cause.

The Host

Evan Turner is an expert on Greek wine and cuisine, whose new restaurant Helen is rocketing to nationwide recognition. He was awarded the Iron Sommelier Award in 2015 by the Periwinkle Foundation, and Helen has been named Best New Restaurant of 2015 (Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle), was featured in February’s Texas Monthly, nominated for a

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My Table Houston Culinary Award, and is currently a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant 2016. For more on Evan, see this Papercity interview.

The Cost

To spend some quality time enjoying Evan Turner’s vision of Greek wine and cuisine, write to Richard Armstrong (richarda@central.uh.edu) to reserve your tickets ($85 per ticket, limited seating). All wine and food is included in the ticket price, but 100% of your donation will go to Metadrasi thanks to Evan Turner.

To make a donation of any amount without ticket purchase, go here.

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