Bites at The Big Top: A Night to Remember

Author: Ginette Rhodes

Bites at The Big Top was easily one of the top food festivals in St. Louis this year! The air was thick with excitement as guests arrived at The Big Top early for the first Bites at The Big Top fundraiser hosted by the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition. Their outfits dazzled, from casual to fine-tuned fits, arranged specifically for the occasion! Notably, one guest stole the show, wearing an intricately designed golden vest reminiscent of a circus conductor’s costume. She truly embodied the night’s theme and turned heads with every confident stride she took.

Once escorted inside the main tent, some of St. Louis’s most renowned eateries and breweries lined the perimeter on display with a diverse assortment of flavorful dishes and creative cocktails for unlimited sampling. In the middle of The Big Top, auction items adorned a table, waiting to find a home with the highest bidder. The VIP tent was all the rave; attendees enjoyed live music performances and a buffet of tasty bites from Andria’s Steak House paired with an exclusive open bar. Circus Harmony performers mesmerized the buzzing crowd, showcasing their unique artistry at every section of the event- juggling with confident ease at the welcome station, parading the area on a silver unicycle, and taking center stage for an acrobatic spectacle that captured everyone’s attention for hours.

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to our restaurant and cocktail partners for their unwavering support and generosity. Your contributions helped make this unforgettable event a reality. Thank you to our 300 supporters who attended the wonderful night. With your help, we sold over 390 raffle tickets raising an incredible $8,200!

We’d be amiss if we did not take the time to thank our spectacular sponsors! Thank you for eagerly supporting Bites at The Big Top, your generosity and belief in our mission allowed us to create a truly memorable experience for our attendees. Together, our sponsors helped raise an extraordinary $67,000! We are immensely grateful for your continued support.

Magician Sponsors

Tim & Debra Niemann

Renaissance Financial Corporation

Box Office Sponsor

Cass Information Systems

Juggling Sponsor

First Bank

Auction Tent Sponsor

Mary Larner

Acrobat Sponsors

Andria’s Food Group


The Kiesel Company

STL Bucket List

Tightrope Sponsors

Jared & Urmila Baumann

Don & Elizabeth Cobin

EDF Group

Dennis Hall

Home State Health

Katherine & David Kirby

Jennifer Lynch

Midwest BankCentre

Noack Family

JP & Jaime Perry, Edward Jones

PNC Bank

Melanie Scheetz & Bruce Reed

Scott Credit Union Foundation

John & Leah Stroup

Cari & Brandon Wegg

St. Louis continues to showcase its excellence in organizing family-friendly events that cater to all ages. We are so thankful Bites at The Big Top made such a lasting impression on our community, and more importantly, we can now better support our families thanks to the generous donations and contributions we raised throughout the night. Our community united like never before to raise an astounding $122,700 for local children in foster care.

We are already eagerly anticipating the next edition of Bites at The Big Top in 2025. We can’t wait to see how our community will unite to make an even bigger difference. And to each and every person who sponsored, donated, promoted, or attended Bites at The Big Top, we cannot thank you enough! Thank you, St. Louis – you are truly one of a kind! ❤️

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