Food Drive for Manna FoodBank

Food Drive for Manna FoodBank

5:00 PM - 11:00 PM | West Asheville, NC

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Join us on November 9th for a canned food drive benefiting Manna FoodBank to help fill empty plates this upcoming holiday season. Donate non-perishables at The Whale all day long. Every donated item is an entry into a raffle to win killer gift baskets from some of our favorite local businesses.

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Raffle prizes are provided by:

Vortex Donuts

Asheville’s Vortex Doughnuts takes its cue from other keep-it-weird cities such as Portland, Austin, and Boulder and their excellent destination doughnut shops. We named ourselves Vortex Doughnuts to reflect Asheville’s new-age reputation as home to several vortices of alternate dimensions and realities. (It’s on the Internet so it must be true.) With the name Vortex Doughnuts, we have free reign to give our amazing doughnuts the unique twists that set them apart from the ordinary and make them better than all the other doughnuts in town.


These are some of our forever homies and it’s their forever quest to bring you the most SURREAL offerings they can craft, highlighting the best and greatest of both OLD SCHOOL and NEW SCHOOL brews. That means Lagers, IPAs (clear AND hazy), Wild Ales, Big Ol’ Stouty Stouts, Super Sessions, and everything in between. In their surrealist endeavors, they work with local farmers, artisans, and makers of all kinds in an effort to expand their tastes and visuals beyond your average horizons. 

Fifth Season Gardening

Fifth Season Gardening Company began in 2000 with the opening of Asheville Agricultural Systems in Asheville, NC, followed by stores in Durham, NC in 2002 and Greensboro, NC in 2004. They have continued to expand their product offerings to serve the community better.  In 2008, in addition to the traditional offerings of hydroponic and organic gardening supplies, they began carrying beer and wine-making products.  Since then, they have added a variety of products for the home and garden, including an extensive collection of houseplants and supplies and items for urban homesteading.

Shoji Spa

They are an unpretentious and unique destination spa nestled on a mountainside minutes from the vibrancy of downtown Asheville. Along with traditional Japanese bathing and soaking, in salt tubs, guests enjoy spa-style seasonal showers, nature settings, and sounds, and locally sourced spa products – including CBD salves, local, handcrafted signature soaps, apparel, totes, and more. 

Guests don a Japanese Yukata (cotton robe) and sandals before retiring to their private hot tub overlooking the National Forest. Guest amenities include robes, sandals, towels, a complimentary cedar sauna, and a double cold shower for contrast therapy. The extraordinary spa focuses on couple’s treatments, utilizing the skills of over twenty-five world-class massage therapists.

Hive Five Coffee

High Five Coffee is a family-owned business in Asheville. In their three locations, they serve a range of local baked goods, breakfast, lunch, and snack options to accompany their specialty and in-house coffee drinks. The staff of baristas is trained both in-house and in partnership with the standards of Counter Culture Coffee.

Asheville Brewing Co.

Asheville’s first brewpub with multiple locations throughout the city. They’ve been slinging pizza and pints for a lot of years. They offer award-winning pizza, burgers, and pub food as well as in-house brewed creations from World Beer Cup gold-winner Ninja Porter to one-off creations, farmhouse ale, and a wide range of IPAs.

Archetype Brewing

In 2016 the East-West corridor of West Asheville was beginning to develop, along with the idea for a brewery. They imagined a brewery that would brew beers that are experimental and funky, reflecting the neighborhood culture. Beers that would push the boundaries of style, and utilize inspiration from local flavor and ingredients. A space that would provide a social hub for the vibrant neighborhood of West Asheville.

The West Asheville taproom and production facility remains in constant motion, as the hub of all of the brewing operations and the source for lively, regular events. In February 2019, they opened a second taproom and event space in Downtown Asheville with an emphasis on unique events and a more intimate place to gather and enjoy our barrel-aged beers.

Tastee Diner

Tastee Diner was opened in 1946 and reimagined by Chef Steven Goff in 2022. Keeping the structure and bones of a 40’s diner, Chef Goff created a casual atmosphere to enjoy creative diner food during the day and upscale tapas-style plates at night. Tastee is local community-driven by using ingredients from Asheville and surrounding North Carolina farms when at all possible, down to the beer and wine. Tastee is not your typical diner, which is why it stands alone in its uniqueness and eclectic charm.

What to Bring to the Food Drive

Refer to this list for Manna’s most needed items. Please not, we will not be accepting perishable items.

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You know we’ll have a killer tap list lined up for you. Come out and support the community in more ways than one! For more happenings at The Whale, check out our events page.