13 May 2010

Pig Out for Gabe Jordan

The following is not a Hoosier Beer Geek event, but we definitely support the cause.

WHAT: A Backyard BBQ to benefit The Gabe Jordan Foundation
WHEN: May 23rd 2010 from 3 PM to 6 PM
WHERE: 1912 Broad Ripple Ave. Indianapolis IN 46220 (H2O Sushi)
WHY: Because we love and support him
WHO: Eli and Nicole Anderson of H2O Sushi,
Dave &KrissyTallent of Restaurant Tallent,
Ryan Nelson of The Oceanaire Seafood Room,
Johnnie Thomas of The Mandarin Orient Washington DC,
Brent & Hannah Joseph of King David Dogs,
Greg Hardesty of Recess,
Chris Eley of Goose the Market
BEVERAGES: Sun King Brewery, Three Floyd’s Brewing Company,
National Wine and Spirit, Crossroad Vintners, World of Wines, Brugge Brasserie
PRICE: $100 per person to be paid in advance
FORM of PAYMENT: Cash or Checks (made out to The Gabe Jordan Foundation)
(Credit Cards are not accepted for this event)

This is an Open House Style get-together to benefit the Jordan family after the incident that left Gabe paralyzed on Nov 8, 2010. We will also have a silent auction that will close at 5:30 so make sure to be here prior to that 'cause we have some really cool stuff.

Please email responses to eli@h20sushibar.com and we will confirm your reservation and follow up on any comments, questions or concerns.
We are capping this backyard barbeque style party to the first 150 people who sign up. First come first serve.

Gabe Jordan is on a lot of our minds lately. For many of us, it's not because he's a close friend or anything quite so personal. But he's an integral part of the Indianapolis local food scene, and there's a connectiveness in that small but big-hearted world that transcends age, gender, income, neighborhood, race. It's about food and hospitality, friendship and authenticity. For those of you who are patrons and not cooks or servers or wine stewards, it's about appreciation and gratitude.

Gabe was the wine guy at Goose the Market at 2503 N. Delaware. He is also the general manager for restaurateur Greg Hardesty's new dining venture at 49th and College, called Recess. Before that, he had connections to a number of top restaurants in the city. And in his yard, he tended a garden where he grew wonderful food.

Then, he was shot. He was walking his dog Sunday Nov. 8 in his Eastside Christian Park neighborhood, where he lives with his wife and baby son. Two thugs approached him and stole $20 -- a pittance, for God's sake -- then viciously shot him in the back. Now he is paralyzed.

While his story has faded from the day-to-day news cycle (one of the great problems with newspapers is that they only cover "news"), it's very real and vivid on the blog, gabejordan.org. The blog has lots of entries that make you laugh and cry: about the surgeries he's undergoing at Wishard Hospital, and comments that only friends can make. There are also some lovely photos of Gabe with his family -- wife Brooke, a surgery tech at the Indiana Heart Hospital, and their sweet baby boy, Ezra, 12 months.

Obviously, there are going to be huge medical expenses, and one of the truisms for workers in the food industry is that medical benefits are as scarce as Republican backers of national health care. Gabe Jordan was the unintended victim of a horrible crime; it could have happened to any of us, on the wrong street at the wrong time and meeting up with the wrong people.

By supporting Jordan and his family through this incident, we can stand together, as friends, as foodies, as neighbors. The benefit dinner which will be May 23, 2010 is an amazing opportunity to show your support and help raise money for Gabe and his family. One hundred percent of the evening has been donated from time, to food, to wine, and the items we are collecting for a silent auction to further raise money for the Jordans. This is a great opportunity to get your product(s) in front of a huge audience. I hope you choose to participate in this inspiring evening. Please contact me at eli@h20sushibar.com.

Thank you,
Eli Anderson

More on Gabe:
The Indy Channel

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