By: Maggie Hoey | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014
Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, in the warehouse with canned items used for the Foods for Kids program.
In conjunction with September’s National Hunger Action Month, area restaurants are helping the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma fight hunger in eastern Oklahoma by participating in Tulsa’s eighth annual Restaurant Week, September 6-14.
Participating restaurants will offer three-course, prix fixe meals and donate 10 percent of Restaurant Week menu proceeds to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program. Restaurant Week proceeds will be matched by the George Kaiser Family Foundation up to $25,000.
Restaurant Week patrons can select from a variety of three-course lunch and dinner menus designed to suit any taste and budget. Restaurants will offer a lunch menu priced at $12.95 per person and a dinner menu at one of three varying price points: $25 per person, $35 per person or $35 for two. Each meal will feature an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and all prices exclude tax, gratuity and beverage.
Tuesday, September 9 is Restaurant Week Celebrity Night. On this special night, local celebrities are paired up with participating restaurants to help greet patrons and provide information about the prix fixe dinner menu.
“We look forward to Restaurant Week every year and are always happy to have our restaurants participate,” said Amanda Williams, marketing and communications manager for McNellie’s Group. “It’s a great way for the community to enjoy delicious food and support a great cause.”
The Food Bank’s Food for Kids program specifically addresses childhood hunger and ensures food-insecure children in our communities have a reliable resource for nutritious meals throughout the year. The program includes the Backpack Program, which provides weekend backpacks full of food to children in need; Free Family Farmers’ Markets, which provides fresh produce and bakery items to low income children and their families; and extended school holiday feeding. To date, Restaurant Week has raised more than $260,000 for the Food Bank’s mission of eliminating food insecurity.
An updated list of participating restaurants, their Restaurant Week menus and contact information will be available at www.tulsapeople.com beginning September 1.
“Restaurant week is a fun and exciting time each year,” said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the food bank. “It’s always inspiring to see great Tulsa restaurants step up to help our community and see Tulsa residents supporting their local restaurateurs and a hunger-relief organization.”
This year, Restaurant Week is hosting a social media contest. Show your love for Restaurant Week by posting pictures on social media. Use the hashtag #TulsaRW on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you could win a dining certificate to one of your favorite Restaurant Week restaurants.
The event’s presenting sponsors are TulsaPeople magazine and OMNI Air International. Additional sponsors include the Frisco Energy, George Kaiser Family Foundation, News on 6, KRMG and Wireless Technologies.
“We look forward to Restaurant Week every year,” said Jim Langdon, publisher of TulsaPeople. “It’s a great time to visit different restaurants and try new dishes all while giving back to such a worthy cause.”
TulsaPeople created Restaurant Week in 2006.
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