Update: This event will now be held virtually in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual gathering will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. April 25, and will still support Freedom a la Cart’s work to empower and employ survivors of sex trafficking. It will still include creative cocktails, decadent snacks, storytelling and  connections. Follow Freedom a la Cart on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or its website for updates on how to buy tickets.

In the spirit of underground supper clubs, Walter Commons at St. Charles Preparatory School will host Eat Up! Columbus, a dinner party and fundraiser, April 25 with a cocktail hour and music at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

The event will support Freedom a la Cart, a Columbus box lunch and full-service catering company, and its work to empower and employ survivors of sex trafficking in Central Ohio. According to a news release from Freedom a la Cart, the past five Eat Up! Columbus events have raised more than $600,000 for the organization.

Each year, Freedom a la Cart provides supportive services to more than 200 survivors. In the last three years, 59 women received paid workforce training and 24 transitioned to sustainable jobs in the Columbus community. Eighty-five percent received no new criminal record.

Eat Up! Columbus will showcase a team of local chefs led by Jack Moore of Watershed Kitchen and Bar. They will prepare a six-course menu with drink pairings. The cocktail hour will feature a signature cocktail created by local mixologists under the direction of Christina Basham of Middle West Spirits and president of the Columbus chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild.

St. Charles Preparatory School is located at 2010 E. Broad St. in Columbus.

Tickets are $175 per person. Early bird tickets to Eat Up! Columbus go on sale Jan. 25. For details, visit freedomalacart.org.