Edmonton’s business community will chow down for inner-city awareness at a $170-a-plate meal in the Westin ballroom Tuesday.

“I guess there’s a bit of irony to it. We had the roast beef dinner with all the fixings for people who don’t normally eat that way (Sunday), and now we’re charging the business community $170 a plate for macaroni and cheese,” said Garth Von Hagen, from the Inner City Agencies Foundation chair, the group behind the annual Mac & Cheese Luncheon.

The event was the creation of philanthropist Bruce Saville.

Von Hagen said local business has really stepped up to the plate, raising $1.5 million for the ICAF’s seven inner-city agencies in the luncheon’s 17-year history.

Blankets, clothing and school lunch programs have been funded from past events..

“It’s the best mac and cheese you will ever have, not because of how it tastes, but because of what it does,” said Von Hagen.

The goal for this year’s sold-out soirée, which will serve up an appearance from Premier Alison Redford and keynote address by Edmonton Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed, is $100,000.

To donate to the ICAF, visit icaf.ca.

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