celebrating community + collaboration + cause cuisine
Eat Up Columbus
Date — Saturday, September 4, 2021
Arrival & Music — 6:30pm
Location — Secret Outdoor Location in Downtown Columbus
Tickets — $100/person
What Else to Expect — live music featured by Molly Winters, silent auction, table decorating competition, and much more!
Eat Up Columbus is a culinary adventure celebrating community, collaboration and cause cuisine. The annual event shares a “dinner party” theme, basking in the spirit of underground supper clubs which debuted Freedom a la Cart to the Columbus dining scene. Eat Up Columbus is a celebratory evening for guests, and supports an important cause in our community: Freedom a la Cart’s work to empower and employ survivors of human trafficking.
This year, Freedom a la Cart will host Eat Up Columbus outdoors, in the heart of the city near our new Café + Bakery and Freedom Loft on Spring Street. Inspired by the elegant picnic theme of popular “Diner en Blanc” parties around the world, the location of Eat Up 2021 will be kept a secret until the night of the event, and will occur rain or shine. Guests will arrive at a secret downtown location and are encouraged to dress in white. Like a blank, white canvas, the survivors we serve are given a fresh start and a new beginning. Tables will line the outdoor space transformed into an elegant urban oasis where community friends will gather to share a meal, hear stories of impact and raise funds to support Freedom a la Cart.
The evening will center upon engaging in intentional conversation, uniting behind our cause, and enjoying the presence of one another after a long awaited time! The event will include live music, a silent auction, a table decorating competition, options for dinner from local Columbus restaurants, and much more!
Freedom a la Cart is partnering with local restaurants who will be offering their own Eat Up Picnic Packages for event guests to purchase and bring to the event.
“Freedom has impacted my life in so many ways, I
always know where to turn when in crisis. I know I
am cared for and have many resources available to me
I do not have to do anything alone!!”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the dress code of the event?
The dress is semi-formal. Guests are encouraged to dress in white. Like a blank, white canvas, the survivors we serve are given a fresh start and a new beginning. Examples of dress for the event are a white button down shirt or blouse with khaki pants or jeans, or a white sundress.
How will I find out where the event is located?
You will receive a text message the day of Eat Up with the address, parking information, and any other logistics you may need to know.
What is included in the ticket?
Your ticket will include a seat at the Eat Up Columbus outdoor event; entertainment; Freedom a la Cart charcuterie; and your choice of beer or wine.
Will table settings (dishes, glassware and flatware) be included?
Eat Up is an elevated picnic style event this year. You can bring your own dishes, or we are happy to provide them for you as a $15 per person add-on. Table setting packages include: (silverware, white plate, poly napkin, wine + water glasses). All Table and Corporate Sponsorships include the table setting for ticket attendees.
What restaurants are creating Eat Up Picnic Packages?
This year, we are excited to support our friends in the restaurant industry who have supported Eat Up Columbus so generously in the past! Stay tuned for a later announcement of local gems around the city who will be providing Eat Up Picnic Packages for guests to purchase.
Do I have to order from the participating restaurants?
Though it is highly recommended to purchase an Eat Up Picnic Package from participating restaurants, it is not required. You can order from another local Columbus restaurant, or make your own meal to bring.
What is the table decorating competition?
This year, we’re encouraging guests to bring decorations for their tables – flowers, plants, lights, food displays – anything you can think of! Much like the blank canvas that the survivors we serve are given, we’d love to see how you turn the blank, white-lined tables into a place of your own. There will be an award for the best-decorated in multiple categories, so have fun with it! Please no open flames or flammable substances.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Two servings of alcohol will be provided for each event attendee with their ticket. Additional alcohol will be available for purchase onsite. No carry-in alcohol is permitted.