Grillin’ for Food Gatherers

Grillin’ 2021 Update

For the second year in a row, Food Gatherers has canceled
“Grillin’ for Food Gatherers” over COVID-19 safety concerns. We really hoped this spring would be different from last year but because the public health risk remains high for in-person events, we are choosing to cancel our annual community “picnic with a purpose”.

Instead of buying a ticket to attend, we hope that you will consider a gift to ensure our community has access to reliable, nutritious food.

We are proud that many of our community sponsors have committed to support Food Gatherers in lieu of a Grillin’ sponsorship this year! We are grateful for their support along with the support of the food business community that has made our work possible since our founding and especially in the last year. We hope you will read through the lists below and support these local businesses generously!

Grillin' 2021 Sponsors

Brentwood Electric, Busch’s, Domino’s, Dunning Toyota & Subaru, KLA Foundation, Kroger, NSF International, Om of Medicine, Paragon Sight & Sound, Thomson Reuters, Zingerman’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Soble Rowe Krichbaum, The Mosaic Foundation of R. & P. Heydon, White Claw (in partnership with O&W, Inc.), Bank of Ann Arbor, The Bloom Family, Drew Fitzmorris, DTE Foundation, Old National Bank, Wilkinson Foundation, Destination Ann Arbor, Hylant, Plante Moran, Steve & Judy Dobson, U-M Credit Union, Altruic Advisors, Arbor Trust Wealth Advisors, Home Helper LLC, Hooper Hathaway, Phoenix Contractors, Reinhart Realtors, Robertson Morrison Inc, Bill Dufek, State Farm Insurance Agency, Bookbound Bookstore, Ferguson Widmayer & Clark, Jason Boggs, Reinhart Realtor, Taste the Local Difference, UHY LLP, Washtenaw Community College.

Supporting Food Businesses

Afternoon Delight Café, Arbor Springs Water Co., Arctic Glacier, Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Café Zola/Zola Bistro, Calder Dairy, Casey’s Tavern, Cherry Republic, Clancy’s Fancy, Coffee Express Co., Conor O’Neill’s, Cultivate, Domino’s Pizza, Everyday Wines, Fabulous Food Inc., Food Art, Inc., Fresh Thyme, Frog Holler Produce, Gordon Food Service, Grange Kitchen & Bar, Guernsey Farms Dairy, Imperial Beverage, Kroger, Lagunitas Brewery, U-M Catering, Mity Nice Italian Ice, Monahan’s Seafood Market, O&W, Inc., People’s Food Co-op, Red Hawk Bar & Grill, Salt Springs, Satchel’s BBQ, Short’s Brewery, Silvio’s, TeaHaus, The Brinery, The Wurst Bar, Tios Mexican Café, Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Zingerman’s Creamery, Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Zingerman’s Roadhouse.

Community Kitchen Meal Donors

Ayse’s Turkish Café, Blue Llama, Cardamom, Cottage Inn, Dominos, Everest Sherpa Restaurant, Grange, Harvest Kitchen, Hut Kay Fusion, Knight’s Steakhouse, Little Caesars, Miss Kim, Of Rice & Men, Teahaus, Tio’s Mexican Restaurant, Whole Foods, Zingerman’s Catering, Zingerman’s Deli, Zingerman’s Roadhouse.

What is Grillin’?

Second Sunday in June.

Grillin’ is Food Gatherers’ annual picnic with a purpose. Each year, we host more than 1,400 guests at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds for the best party of the year. 

The Cause

One in seven people in Washtenaw County struggles with hunger. Proceeds from Grillin’ enable Food Gatherers to distribute more than 18,000 meals a day to adults, seniors, and children in need of food. Grillin’ 2019 raised nearly 700,000 meals for hungry people in our community.

The Food

Grilled gourmet sausages, paella, vegetarian fare, and corn; side dishes and desserts from our area’s best restaurants and food retailers.

The Fun

Live music by local artists; cash bar featuring Michigan microbrews and wines; silent auction and raffle; kids’ activities hosted by the Hands-On Museum; complimentary massages provided by Body Wisdom Massage; and a photo booth!

Interested in sponsoring Grillin’ or holding your company picnic at this fun event? Learn more about becoming a sponsor.

Contact Information

Jen Whaley
Mgr. of Annual Giving and Grant Development
Phone: 734-761-2796