Coming Right Up: Somerville Local First Fundraiser

By: Anne Vickman

Our pals over at the nonprofit Somerville Local First are hosting a fundraising party and networking event at Foundry on Elm next Wednesday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Local brewdarlings Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project will offering a taste of their spring concoction, Fluffy White Rabbits (triple hopped, hence the name), and wine distributor MS Walker will have samples of wines from small, independent wineries across the country, while Foundry on Elm will provide snacks (natch).

Proceeds will help SLF send staffers to the annual Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Conference, which brings grassroots pioneers together to talk about ways to keep the local movement growing. “The BALLE conference is an annual gathering of our local movement leaders in the BALLE network. Bringing our leadership team to the conference will give them a chance to learn from the best examples in the nation and communicate all that SLF has done to lead the movement in our community,” says Joe Grafton, the founder of the nonprofit.

Grafton will be there, along with several other members of the organization, including Dan Parsons of Downtown Wine and Spirits, Jen Lawrence of Groundwork Somerville, and Henry Patterson of Ronnarong Thai Tapas. Tickets are limited and will probably sell out, so get on the good foot!

$25, Foundry on Elm, 255 Elm St., Somerville, 617-628-9999,, buy tickets here.