A Call for Recipes 

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The Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA) is currently holding its annual No-Go Gala. Now in its 22nd year, this "non-event" is for those who'd rather stay at home than attend some lavish fund-raising affair. MIFA provides a themed activity, which participants can do on their own. After "no-going," participants are asked to donate to the nonprofit organization, which provides countless services to Memphians in need.

This year's theme is "Cookin' Up Change." Hosts, all of whom are active in the organization, have been recruited to provide recipes that are posted online. No-Go-ers who give to MIFA -- suggested donation is between $25 and $200 -- receive the 15-recipe cookbook, which was printed cost-free to the organization by Paulsen Printing Company.

Among the hosts are the Brushmark's Wally Joe, Andrew Adams, and Stacy Wright, who provided a recipe for bacon-wrapped pork loin as well as "MIFA ice," and Muddy's Bake Shop owner Kat Gordon, who chipped in with a recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie with crumble topping. Donors are also encouraged to post their own recipes to the online cookbook.

According to MIFA development associate Thomas Robinson, roughly 300 have already "not been" to the event, giving $40,000 toward this year’s $65,000 goal. The organization, however, hasn’t been so successful thus far in getting recipes from participants for its online cookbook.

The No-Go Gala runs through the next couple months. For more information, go to mifa.org.

Also issuing call for recipes is the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission — though this one is specifically directed to musicians and those involved in the music industry, such as club owners and recording studio crew, etc.

According to the Music Commission executive director Johnnie Walker, the cookbook, if it comes together, will be part of the commission’s “Taste of Music” promotion, which will culminate in an August 22nd event at the Cannon Center.

Walker says Taste of Memphis has three phases. The first is to bring together new, old, and upcoming musicians together from the city, across the U.S., and around the world. The second is to compile a 10-song CD from Memphis artists and would be packaged with the cookbook.

The final phase is the August 22nd Taste of Memphis event. While Walker says, the event is definitely on, she's still ironing out details that would incorporate a food element and another, potentially star-studded, affair.

Funds raised from Taste of Memphis would go toward a healthcare plan for musicians.

As for now, Walker is trying to get those recipes. She's received only a few so far and is extending the deadline.

"You know creative people," Walker says. "They need a nudge."

For more information, e-mail: johnnie.walker@memphistn.gov or call 576-6850.

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