Sorghum & Salt hosting fundraiser dinner for Going Places, charity that gives kids bikes

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Two downtown restaurants are teaming up to host a collaborative dinner benefiting local nonprofit Going Places.

Bike riding with friends is one of the greatest joys of childhood, but it’s not one every child gets to experience. As a first-grade teacher at Pepperhill Elementary, a Title 1 school, Katie Blomquist learned that students in her class did not have the means to own bicycles, so she immediately took action.

She started a GoFundMe that would raise $80,000 to purchase bikes, locks, and helmets for all 650 students in her school.

The campaign was not only a success, but garnered national media attention from the likes of The Steve Harvey Show, ABC World News, Time Magazine, Reader's Digest, USA Today, Inside Edition and more.

For her efforts, ABC News 4 in March 2017 honored Blomquist as its monthly Jefferson Award recipient for outstanding public service.

Blomquist has since left her teaching career to work full time founding and expanding Going Places, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged kids and those who care for them, the most basic childhood right; a right to joy.

Upon learning about Going Places, Chef Tres Jackson, owner of Sorghum & Salt, and Chef Nate Whiting of Juliet, say they jumped at the chance to help the Going Places cause.

On Feb. 26, the chefs are hosting a collaboration dinner at 5 p.m. at Sorghum & Salt. A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit Going Places. The dinner will feature five signature menu items from each chef including two dim sum items.

In addition to donating the proceeds from the collaboration dinner, Sorghum & Salt is also featuring a signature menu item during the entire month of February. The menu item, benefiting Going Places, is Spicy Pork Ragu, House Made Spaghetti, Collard Kimchi and Parmesan.

With this ongoing campaign and collaboration dinner, Chef Jackson and Chef Whiting will be helping to purchase 300 bikes, locks, and helmets for the next surprise bike reveal at Mt. Zion Elementary School on May 1, 2018. The bikes are custom designed by Going Places and Charleston’s Affordabike.

The Feb. 26 event is for walk-ins only; no reservations will be taken.

(Charleston resident Christian Senger is the man behind Holy City Sinner, one of the most popular local news, events and entertainment blogs in Charleston.)