Pinot, Pigs & Poets exceeds $190,000 in support of Completely KIDS

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Proceeds from the fourth annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets supporting Omaha nonprofit Completely KIDS exceeded $190,000, event organizers announced last week.

More than 350 people attended the wine and food event for an evening of wine lover’s paradise and hog heaven cuisine at Happy Hollow Club on June 6.

“We were overwhelmed by the support from the community for this event and Completely KIDS,” said Jodie Mackintosh, a Pinot, Pigs & Poets committee member. “Proceeds will help fund the Weekend Food Program, which ensures kids won’t go hungry through the weekend by providing backpacks filled with nutritious, child-friendly food each Friday.”

Guests enjoyed samplings from The Boiler Room, The Grey Plume, Happy Hollow Club, J. Coco restaurant, Le Voltaire, Lot 2 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, M’s Pub, Ryan’s Bistro and Sullivan’s Steakhouse, while sipping more than 40 exquisite Pinot Noir wines from their very own Riedel wine glasses. Poets from the Nebraska Writers Collective entertained guests with slam poetry throughout the evening.

New this year was the Taste of Elegance chef competition sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. Winning chef John Ursick, of Stokes Grill & Bar, was awarded a trip to the 2014 Pork Summit at the Greystone Campus of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif.

Judges also announced Morgan’s 2010 Twelve Clones as the winner of this year’s vintner competition.

Pinot, Pigs & Poets, founded by Jody and Gayle Carstens, Cindy and Brian Leiferman, and Terri and Jack McDonnell, has continued growing in its success from its start in 2010. The first event brought in $30,000. Successive events have seen an increase annually in the amount of money raised and volunteer committee members involved. Additionally, a vintner reception was added last year.

Pinot, Pigs & Poets helps to sustain the Completely KIDS weekend and after-school food programs. The Omaha nonprofit organization serves hundreds of children through its backpack food program and provides thousands of meals each year to the children in its after-school and summer programs.

For more information about Pinot, Pigs & Poets, visit To find out how you can help Completely KIDS, visit

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