For affordable-housing advocates that also happen to be foodies, Capitol Hill Housing’s annual Omnivorous benefit is the perfect pairing.

Omnivorous puts tasty small bites from numerous Capitol Hill restaurants on display, culminating with a Raising the Beet fundraiser pledge to support the affordable housing developer’s various projects and programs.

“It’s just a really nice, convivial event,” said Donna Moodie, owner of Marjorie, a fine-dining spot at 1412 E. Union St. “It has a nice energy, and it’s really a brilliant alternative to the sit-down formal dinners that you see at galas.”

Omnivorous is being held Thursday, Oct. 12, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave. Tickets are $85 and available here.

Moodie was on the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Board when Omnivorous started in 2010, and Marjorie has been a regular participant ever since. She said she sees a lot of interest in increasing housing availability and affordablity, but “I think we have a lot of work to do.”

While no longer on the foundation board, Moodie said she continues to stay involved with CHH, and is excited about some of the latest development projects.

That includes a collaboration with the Africatown Community Land Trust on the Liberty Bank Building, a 115-unit housing development slated to open around this time next year.

“The Africatown stuff, I just think its amazing; I’m very excited for that,” Moodie said. “That feels like a real huge win.”

She said she hopes to see the work CHH and Africatown do in the Central District create a distinctive neighborhood akin to a Chinatown or international district.

Moodie noticed more Central District restaurants are participating in Omnivorous this year, and said other businesses that had once been too busy have also signed on this year.

The restaurateur is also excited about CHH’s LGBTQ-affirming senior housing project, which is still early in the designing and planning stage, and also very close to Marjorie. Moodie said she’s talking with CHH about collaborating on a garden space at the development.

“I’m really interested in greening up our neighborhood a little more,” she said.

Capitol Hill Housing raised more than $128,000 in pledges during last year’s Omnivorous, and will aim for another successful outing with its regulars, some new restaurants that recently opened in the neighborhood and some craft drinks from local watering holes.

“We’re honored to have the support of so many incredible restaurants and bars who believe in our mission and are willing to give back to the community,” said Michael Seiwerath, CHH’s vice president of community programs and external relations, in a news release. “There’s no better way to enjoy the best food and drink Seattle has to offer, all while helping our neighbors.”

Moodie said she’s keeping things simple, and offering her popular Steel Drum Plantains. Omnivorous connects restaurants with potential new customers, she said, and it also brings restaurants together for possible future collaborations.

It’s great for the guests, because they can go around and get a taste of Capitol Hill.”