Food for Thought
Austin's premier tasting event for more than 20 years

SAVE THE DATE: September 25, 2019

September 20, 2018 @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
We were so humbled to see the wide spectrum of community leaders and organizations come together to support Communities In Schools’ mission during the 23rd annual Food for Thought tasting event presented by Professional Janitorial Service. The 2018 event was our most successful to date, raising over $760,000 in support of Communities In Schools’ dropout prevention programs! This would not have been possible without the tireless work of the amazing event committee, the tremendous generosity of our sponsors, more than 500 guests, and the wonderful commitment of our featured restaurants. Thank you to all.

Food for Thought Host Committee Members Susie Matthews, Kathryn Ross, Event Chair Christie Curtis, & Alisha Lagarde
Host Committee Members Susie Matthews, Kathryn Ross, Event Chair Christie Curtis, & Alisha Lagarde

Crystal Jones, CIS Program Manager and Jose, CIS student

Andrew Scroggie, Kristine Scroggie, Barbara Knaggs, Bart Knaggs & Paul Saenz

Jackie Padgett (Silicon Labs) bidding during the live auction

Rex Gore (Professional Janitorial Service) & Gaylon Boyd (JPMorgan Chase & Co.)

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El Alma  •  Barlata Tapas Bar  •  Boiler Nine Bar + Grill  •  Bufalina Due
Central Standard  •  Colleen's Kitchen  •  Eberly  •  Fixe  •  Henbit •  Il Brutto
La Condesa  •  Le Politique  •  L'Oca d'Oro  •  Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Olive & June  •  Sala & Betty Restaurant  •  Stories Fine Dining at Hyatt Lost Pines
Sway  •   TRACE  •  Uchi

For information about how to get involved in next year's event please contact Lauren Sellers at

 Communities In Schools' mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Learn more about our evidenced-based dropout prevention work at