Banchero Hall at St. Anne’s Church (101 W. Lee St.) will once again play host to the annual Taste of Queen Anne on Oct. 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Approximately two-dozen local restaurants — including the 5 Spot, Maximillian Petty’s Eden Hill, Grappa, and Ethan Stowell’s How to Cook a Wolf — will be offering samples from their menus, in addition to an expanded live auction for this year’s event.

Lisa Moore, executive director of the Helpline, said the hope is to beat last year’s fundraising total of $155,000.

“We’re confident we can do that, because we have an amazing, supportive community who comes through for us time and time again in all sorts of ways,” she said. “They are generous and compassionate and genuinely care about their neighbors.”

Moore said the Helpline that funding is critical for both efforts to prevent homelessness and evictions, but also for an increasing focus on providing services that create more sustainable financial stability for those who need it.

“We think that combination of providing that emergency assistance as needed — because those situations obviously do come up and they will continue to come up — but also trying to say, ‘How can we do more than just that Band-Aid? What can we do to create that ongoing stability in people’s lives?’” she said.

Among the auction offerings are two tickets to the Seattle Sounders regular season finale the following afternoon (Oct. 22) coupled with a tour of the CenturyLink Field press box by former goalkeeper turn play-by-play analyst Kasey Keller. Airfare for two on Hawaiian Airlines and a weeklong stay at a condo on Maui, and three nights at the Gunn Ranch in the Methow Valley will also be up for bid. 

For more information on the Taste of Queen Anne, to see a full list of participating restaurants, or to view the entire silent auction list, go to www.queenannehelpline.org.