The sixth annual Taste of the Magic City, scheduled for this week at the makerspace MAKEbhm, invites people to sample some of the city’s best cuisine, while doing something that may feel equally as satisfying: helping to get people in the community out of poverty.
The event is organized by M-POWER Ministries, and features a number of restaurants including The Abbey, B&A Warehouse, Bamawise, Chris Z’s, East 59 Vintage and Café, Happy Catering, Jim N’ Nicks, Repicci’s Italian Ice and Tre Luna Catering. The nonprofit’s Executive Director Dalton Smith talked to Weld about the event.
Weld: What do you do at M-Power Ministries?
Dalton Smith: I serve in the role of executive director at M-POWER Ministries. I started at M-POWER earlier this year and am working to spread awareness of the important and life-changing work M-POWER is doing.
Weld: How does the Taste of the Magic City help your organization and the people it serves?
M-POWER Ministries seeks to break the cycle of poverty by helping our clients to overcome two of their biggest challenges — lack of education and healthcare. We offer two centers with one mission. Our education center offers basic literacy training, GED and ready-to-work programs. The healthcare center is the longest running free health care clinic in Birmingham and has served more than 40,000 patients.
The event raises awareness of the needs of those trapped in poverty and provides critical funding for the daily work we do to help our clients.
Weld: How did this event get started and when?
Smith: This is the sixth annual Taste of the Magic City, presented by ProAssurance. Birmingham is a community that enjoys great food, and it is the perfect type of event to bring people together to help their neighbor.
Weld: Has Taste of the Magic City evolved over time?
Smith: Taste of the Magic City originally started as a weeklong series of fundraising events. It has now been consolidated into a one-night signature event showcasing more than 20 of Birmingham’s finest culinary establishments.
Weld: How big of an event will it be this year in terms of attendance, participation, etc.?
Smith: We hope to fill MAKEbhm with our friends and neighbors. This event will be enjoyed by all generations.
Weld: How does your event compare to other foodie events in town?
Smith: Taste of the Magic City offers a wide variety of vendors in a cutting edge venue in the revitalized, dynamic growing community of Avondale. It allows our guests a chance to sample some of the best culinary fare Birmingham has to offer.
Weld: What do you most want people to know before they come?
Smith: M-POWER Ministries is ready to shed its label of the ‘best-kept secret’ in the Birmingham non-profit community. Our organization does a lot of great work in the community, and we are excited to get more people involved in those efforts. We created this event as one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and through Taste of the Magic City, we are hoping that more people become aware of the important and life-changing work M-POWER is doing to help individuals find a path out of poverty.
Taste of the Magic City will take place Thursday, October 27 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at MAKEbhm, 4000 Third Ave. South. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at bit.ly/TOTMC16. For more information visit mpowerministries.org.