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Giving STEWSday

Date: 03 Dec 2019 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Once again, ESR is participating in #GivingTuesday activities to raise unrestricted funds! As part of our #GivingTuesday this year, we’re having a stew cook off here at ESR, where the public can come in, have stew with us or bring a stew, take a tour of our building, and help ESR raise much needed funds to support our services! The event will take place on Tuesday, December 3.


  • This year, we are asking board members and staff to donate a pot of stew for Giving STEWSday!
  • Stew may consist of any type of soup or chili and may be dropped off the afternoon of Monday, December 2 or the morning of December 3.
  • Please send stew in a crockpot!
  • Sign up to bring a stew by Wednesday, November 27
  • The cost for lunch is $8 ahead of time, or $10 at the door.


  • Contestants will be recognized for Best Tasting, Most Creative, and Best Vegetarian Stew
  • Attendees will be the judges of the stew!
  • Lunches consist of stew, cornbread, a drink, and dessert
  • There will be a Giving Station where you can donate to ESR directly or pledge to donate over time. You can also challenge someone else to donate as well and we will post your challenge to Facebook!


  • Giving Stewsday will take place at Experiment in Self-Reliance (3480 Dominion Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105) from 11-2 pm
  • Sign up to bring a stew by November 27 by calling 336-722-9400 or online
  • We encourage attendees to sign up early and pay $8, or $10 at the door


1. The cooking period must occur within 24 hours of event. Stew must be kept in a crock pot or other
warming container that will be placed for entry at 11:00 AM.
2. All submitted stews must be in a crockpot. Please bring a ladle and label them both with your name.
3. Contestants are responsible for signing up ahead of time. Space is limited.                                                                4. The contestant must prepare stew using their own selected recipe and ingredients.
5. Each contestant will be assigned a contestant’s number. All attendees are eligible to vote.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Victoria von Dohlen at 336-722-9400 ext. 124 or email her at victoria.vondohlen@eisr.org. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on Giving STEWSday!