Hunger is a serious issue in Central Texas, where one in six of our neighbors doesn’t know where their next meal will come from. That’s why the Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) is always looking for fun, creative ways to engage the community in helping us serve those in need.
With that in mind, mark your calendar for Austin Restaurant Weeks, August 16 to September 3, 2018. This new CTFB fundraiser is a two-week-long dining extravaganza featuring specially priced lunches, dinners and cocktails at restaurants throughout the greater Austin area.
For restaurateurs, it’s a great opportunity to help fight hunger while providing new patrons an economical way to dine with them. And for diners, it’s a way to help our neighbors in need while enjoying some of the best dishes this amazing, food-driven city has to offer.
Here’s how it works: Participating restaurants will offer special prix-fixe lunches and dinners—a two- to three-course lunch for $25 per person; a three- to four-course dinner for either $35 or $45 per person; and special cocktails at $8 each. A portion of the cost of each is earmarked for CTFB. At the end of the two weeks, participating restaurants will make a donation directly to the food bank based on the number of special lunches, dinners and/or cocktails they sold. Diners will not be directly solicited for donations, and because Austin Restaurant Weeks is planned entirely by volunteers, 100 percent of the contribution from each meal or cocktail goes directly toward fighting hunger in Central Texas. All you have to do is enjoy a delicious meal to help others get the food they need.
Central Texans have always come through for CTFB to help us serve 46,000 people each week. We’re excited to work with our local restaurants to offer this new way to help! For more restaurant and reservation information—or to become a participating restaurant—visit austinrestaurantweeks.org. And be sure to follow Austin Restaurant Weeks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and updates.
By Chief Development Officer Mark Jackson, Central Texas Food Bank