WeWork hosted a philanthropic tasting event Feb.15 at WeWork’s Uptown location to help replenish the North Texas Food Bank.
Restaurants from around the Dallas area, such as Uchi and East Hampton Sandwich Co., partnered with WeWork and D Magazine for Philanthropy for Foodies to help give back to the community. WeWork’s general manager, Nathan Lenahan said this was the perfect event for Dallas.
“So Dallas is kind of known for its food up here, so we thought what better way to give an event than push it back to our Texas Food Bank,” Lenahan said.
WeWork is a company that designs unique glass walled workspaces that offer a community feel for businesses to rent out from them. WeWork provides this atmosphere by hosting events such as this one.
“The fabric of our company is really about giving back. We’re not just office space. We have no desire to just be working space. We really want to make an impact, so that’s a huge one that were doing here,” Lenahan said.
The North Texas Food Bank is a nonprofit organization located in Dallas Texas. They provide meals to thousands of people every day in 13 North Texas counties.
This is the second event in WeWork’s “Give Back. Give Big” campaign series designed to join the Dallas community together.
“We did the doggie fashion show first for the SPCA, we had seven dogs adopted that night. It was really cool,” Lenahan said.
Every event WeWork hosts contributes to helping others. Restaurants they partner with do not turn a profit, but Uchi’s chef de cuisine, Alex Astranti, said it is about giving back to the community.
“We just like to get involved in as much stuff as possible in the community to be good neighbors,” Astranti said.
Uchi provided close to 500 food items costing the restaurant about $500 in total. Astranti estimated that more than 150 people had visited Uchi’s booth within the first 30 minutes of the event.
One of Wework’s tenants Tracy Timm said he’s impressed at how often philanthropic events like these take place at the co-working space.
“At least once a week if not more often there is always something sponsored by someone, usually to promote a local entrepreneur or small business,” Timm said.
WeWork’s team was unsure about how much money they had raised, but planned on giving 100 percent of the proceeds to the North Texas Food Bank. This money is expected to feed around 2,000 people.
“It’s really important for us to give back and not just do business,” Lenahan said.