Host a What If Dinner
Help us raise funds to pay for the over 1,200 meals served weekly by hosting a What If dinner.
The concept is simple:
- Invite family and friends to come share a meal.
- Make it a potluck, or cook up a simple, delicious Haitian dinner of rice, beans and vegetables, similar to the meals served at the food program. (View a Haitian recipe below.) If the gathering includes children, invite children to be served first, then adults, as we do at the food program.
- Begin the evening with information about What If.
- Give a What If brochure to your guests and invite them to make a donation.
- Every donation, big or small, makes a difference!
An idea in the home:
One host invited guests to pick tickets that assigned them to receive meals corresponding to different income levels. Some ended up sitting on the floor with a small bowl of rice and a glass of water; others sat at a table with a small plate of rice and beans; others were invited to sit at a table with a multi-course meal. Guests then shared their different experiences, while discussing the reality of hunger and needed solutions around the world.
An idea in the workplace:
Instead of spending money at a restaurant one day, invite your co-workers to pack lunches from home and eat together. After sharing What If?’s work in Haiti, invite everyone to donate the equivalent of what they would have spent eating out. See if your employer will match their donations. The possibilities are endless!
However you choose to organize your fundraising meal, we thank you for your support and encourage you to have a wonderful, heart-warming time.
Recipe for Haitian beans and rice:
- 1 (8 ounce) package dry kidney beans • 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 bulb shallot, minced • 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice • 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning (optional) • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 sprigs fresh parsley • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 scotch bonnet chile pepper
- Place beans in a large pot, and cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours, or until tender. Drain, reserving liquid.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute shallot and garlic until fragrant. Stir in cooked beans, and cook for 2 minutes. Measure reserved liquid, and add water to equal 5 cups; stir into skillet. Stir in the uncooked rice. Season with bay leaves, adobo seasoning, salt, pepper, and cloves. Place sprigs of parsley and thyme, and scotch bonnet pepper on top, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove thyme, parsley, and scotch bonnet pepper to serve.