Monday, May 6, 2019

Happy + Hale & Chef Ashley Christensen Present THE POOLE’SIDE SALAD benefitting NextStep Raleigh

In December of 2017 Happy + Hale launched its first menu collaboration, the Bida Bowl, with Van and Vanvisa Nolintha of Bida Manda.  For 12 months Happy + Hale served a Laotian inspired red coconut curry dish in all four locations.  The collaboration was a large success, raising nearly $6000 for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

Happy + Hale is proud to announce its second menu collaboration, in partnership with James Beard award winning chef, Ashley Christensen, and soon-to-be-opened Pooleside Pie.  The Pooleside Salad will be launching in all Happy + Hale locations on Thursday, May 16th, 2019.  The collaboration is scheduled to last 90 days, but may be extended based on various success metrics and guest feedback.

For the Pooleside Salad collaboration, Ashley has chosen NextStep Raleigh as the contribution partner and .50 for each bowl and all proceeds from each limited edition T-Shirt sold will be donated.  Next Step Fitness is an internationally recognized non-profit that makes life-changing rehab and fitness accessible and affordable to individuals living with paralysis.  The Raleigh location was started by the family of Michael Thor, Co-Owner of Whiskey Kitchen in Downtown Raleigh.  On November 20, 2015, five minutes from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina, a car merged into Michael while he was on his motorcycle, sending him head first into a utility pole. He suffered a multitude of injuries, including six broken ribs, a completely shattered right elbow, a collapsed lung and a fractured spine at the C2 level causing an incomplete spinal cord injury.  This rehab center in Raleigh will allow Michael and the many other paralyzed individuals in the area to benefit from aggressive activity-based therapy and the creation of a community to provide social outlets and activities with a holistic approach to recovery.

Happy + Hale will be hosting an invite-only launch event with Ashley at Bridge Club on Thursday, May 16th and will be giving away tickets online at  Winners will be emailed Friday, May 10th.  

For more information on the collaboration please visit 
NextStep Fitness |  Photo credit: Paul Mehaffey @paulmehaffey

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