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Raleigh No Kid Hungry Dinner

September 18, 2016

Poole's Downtown Diner

426 South McDowell Street
Raleigh, North Carolina



Join Us to Help End Childhood Hunger in America

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Poole's Downtown Diner
426 South McDowell Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

6 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. - Multi-Course Seated Dinner & Live Auction

Host Chef
Ashley Christensen
Poole’s Beasley’s 
| Chuck’s | Fox Liquor Bar
Joule Coffee & Table 
| Death & Taxes
2014 James Beard Award Winner Best Chef: Southeast

2016 Participating Chefs
Jamie Bissonnette
Toro | Coppa
New York, NY and Boston, MA

Michael Fojtasek + Grae Nonas
Austin, TX

Joe Kindred
Davidson, NC

Nancy Silverton
Osteria Mozza | Pizzeria Mozza
Los Angeles, CA

Hillary Sterling
New York, NY


Tickets will go on sale soon. Please check back for more details. For sponsorship opportunities or if you have any questions, please contact Courtney Smith at or 202-649-4357. 

No child in should grow up hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year.  Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget.  When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need.  No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.  Join us at


Chef Ashley Christensen

Since making Raleigh her home, Ashley Christensen has sought to foster community through food, philanthropy and the stimulation of the city’s downtown neighborhood.

Ashley began cooking while in college, throwing dinner parties for her friends and family. These intimate gatherings helped her recognize her passion for cooking and sharing food, and ultimately led to her first professional cooking job at the age of 21. Upon taking the position, she knew she had found her life’s work.

After working in some of the Triangle’s top kitchens, Ashley opened Poole’s Diner in 2007, which takes its name and décor from the building’s original tenant—one of downtown Raleigh’s first restaurants. The shotgun space offers an evolving chalkboard menu of comfort-food classics, re-imagined through a philosophy of locally grown, seasonal ingredients and French-influenced technique.

In 2011, Ashley opened three new ventures, all housed in a corner building once occupied by a Piggly Wiggly. Beasley’s Chicken + Honey is an ode to fried chicken and classic Southern sides; Chuck’s offers burgers and frites with signature updates; and Fox Liquor Bar, housed in the building’s basement, features a menu of more than 50 craft cocktails, as well as beer, wine and bar snacks.

Joule Coffee + Table, located just down the block from Beasley’s and Chuck’s, opened in the fall of 2013. The spacious café features an extensive coffee menu that highlights the beans of Durham-based Counter Culture in carefully prepared espresso drinks and pour-overs. Joule also offers a casual all-day food menu and a full-service bar.

In the spring of 2015, AC Restaurants introduced Death & Taxes, a restaurant celebrating wood-fire cooking with Southern ingredients, and Bridge Club, a private events loft and cooking classroom.

When she’s not in the kitchen, Ashley focuses her time on a number of local and regional charities. She has served as a board member of the Frankie Lemmon foundation and a co-chair of its annual fundraising event, Triangle Wine Experience. She has also served on the board of Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. She is an active member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and founded the biannual event Stir the Pot, in which she hosts visiting chefs in Raleigh to raise funds for the SFA’s documentary initiatives.

Ashley’s work has gained national attention from such publications as Bon Appétit, Gourmet, The New York Times, Southern Living and Garden & Gun. She has appeared on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America and MSNBC’s Your Business.

In 2014, Ashley was awarded the James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast.” Her first cookbook will be released by Ten Speed Press in 2016.

Visit Ashley behind the stoves at Poole’s or follow her on Twitter @Poolesdiner.


NC Softshell with Pickled Ramp
roasted tomato aioli
Put-up Spring Pea and Avocado Toast
Rabbit Rillette
Rappahannock River Oysters Rockabilly
donated by Rappahannock River Oyster Company
Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC
Pork and Lychee Salad
pork sausage, habanero, peanuts and lychee
Rose’s Luxury, Washington, D.C.
potato, field pea, padron peppers,
preserved lemon and hot rub
City House, Nashville, TN
Turtle Bolognese
parsley, lemon and bucatini
La Petite Grocery Restaurant & Bar, New Orleans, LA
Grilled Short Rib
lettuce and potato
Betony, New York City, NY
matcha cream, plum wine ice and late summer fruit
Flour Bakery & Cafe, Boston, MA

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