Ben’s Friends, Giving Kitchen and Metropolitan Counseling Services are coming together to spotlight Mental Health Awareness Month with Zero Proof, a celebration on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 4pm to 7pm at The Trolley Barn in Inman Park (963 Edgewood Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307) in support of industry workers struggling with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.
Zero Proof is open to the public, and guests can expect to enjoy a variety of games and activities, tastings from Atlanta’s favorite restaurants, live music, a raffle and much more, all in support of the greater cause to raise awareness about resources for substance abuse and mental illness in the service industry.
The service industry sees wage theft, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, bullying, alcohol abuse and drug abuse at rates higher than the national average.
Bryan Schroeder, Giving Kitchen Executive Director, says, “Alcohol is a major component, if not the centerpiece, of nearly every restaurant industry-focused event. Zero Proof is a chance to back away from drinking alcohol and put the focus where it belongs—great food, music and community—while also creating an inclusive, welcoming environment to the men and women in our community who choose not to drink.”
Shannon Georgecink, Metropolitan Counseling Services Executive Director, says, “We are so excited to be partnering with Giving Kitchen and Ben’s Friends on such a unique event. Any time you can bring the best of Atlanta’s dining scene together to highlight such an important cause–mental health and sobriety–you know it will be special! Those working in the restaurant industry are the glue to a vibrant and exciting city life, and as such, they face enormous pressure with every shift. The easy access to alcohol and other substances sometimes make using an attractive outlet for dealing with the pressure and stress of their industry. We couldn’t be happier to be working with two amazing organizations to highlight affordable alternative options for maintaining mental health.”
Ben’s Friends looks forward to “offering fellowship and guidance to the talented members of the Atlanta culinary community” at Zero Proof.
Zero Proof Features:
- Introductions and Q & A with Ben’s Friends Atlanta, Giving Kitchen and Metropolitan Counseling Services
- Light bites courtesy of Donetto, Oak Steakhouse, O-Ku, Parker’s on Ponce, Food 101, Muss & Turner’s and The Shed at Glenwood
- Hand-crafted mocktails from the talented mixologists of Counter Culture Coffee, Seven Lamps and more
- Live music by local artist Bradley Cole Smith
Tickets are $45 per person through Sunday, May 13, and $60 per person the week of the event and at the door. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $25/$30, and children under 6 are free to attend. To purchase tickets to Zero Proof, HERE. All proceeds from the event will benefit Ben’s Friends, Giving Kitchen and Metropolitan Counseling Services.