Oklahoma Gazette’s Restaurant Week Dishes Up Kindness

Enjoy Delicious Prix Fixe Menus from June 9-18 at the Metro’s Best Restaurants

(OKLAHOMA CITY) — May 31, 2017 – Today, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announced that the Oklahoma Gazette’s second annual OKC Restaurant Week, presented by Central Oklahoma Cadillac Dealers, will once again benefit the nonprofit’s Food for Kids programs.  OKC Restaurant Week, which runs from June 9 through 18, features delicious, local cuisine from some of the metro area’s most outstanding restaurants.

 

“Crafted by Oklahoma’s hottest restaurants, the selections are guaranteed to please your palate, your wallet and your giving nature,” said James Bengfort, associate publisher and advertising director of the Oklahoma Gazette.  “The week showcases appetizers, entrees, desserts and more.  Don’t be left without a seat at the table – make your reservations today.  Then, enjoy the warm fuzzies for donating to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.”

Participating OKC Restaurant Week venues will donate $1 for every prix fixe lunch and $2 for every prix fixe dinner to Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids programs. Not only will diners receive custom-made delicious selections for a great price, but each one will also be helping supply a meal to children facing hunger.  Menus will feature lunch and dinner multi-course options, which includes an appetizer, entree and dessert, priced at $10 to $20 per person for lunch and $15 to $49 per person for dinner. Select restaurants may offer couple priced menu options. Special add-on beverage options will be available as well.

Participating restaurants include: Aria Lounge, Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes, Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse, Cheever’s Cafe, Chef Curry To Go, Chick -N- Beer, E. S. Founder’s Restaurant inside Embassy Suites Medical Center, FLINT – Colcord Hotel, Iron Star Urban BBQ, Kitchen No. 324, La Brasa, Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant, On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Paseo Grill, Red PrimeSteak, Republic Gastropub Chisholm Creek, Republic Gastropub Classen Curve, Rococo, Sauced on Paseo, Texas de Brazil, The Drake, The Meat Market Refectory, The Melting Pot, Vast, Viceroy Grille – Ambassador Hotel, VZD’s Restaurant & Bar and Yokozuna Chisholm Creek.

For more information about OKC Restaurant Week and participating restaurants visit okcrestaurantweek.com. Engage in the conversation online by following OKC Restaurant week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #okcrw2017.

OKC Restaurant Week is presented by Central Oklahoma Cadillac Dealers.  Sponsors include: Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Shirt Company, the Made in Oklahoma Coalition, and the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Beverage sponsors include: Tequila Herradura, Kendall-Jackson and Shiner Beers.

Last year, OKC Restaurant Week raised over $10,000 to fight childhood hunger through Food for Kids.

Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided millions meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs: Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding, and School Pantries. 

  • Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. Every $200 raised will support a child in the Backpack Program for an entire year. During the 2016 - 2017 school year, more than 21,000 students in 500 schools participated in the Backpack Program
  • The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over weekends. The School Pantry Program ended last school year serving nearly 5,465 students at 165 schools. 
  • The Kids Cafe afterschool program provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to an average of 3,000 children each month at 34 sites in central and western Oklahoma.
  • The Summer Feeding program provides meals to children 18 and under over the long summer months when free and reduced price meals are not available at school. This summer, more than 120 sites in central and western Oklahoma will provide meals to children struggling with hunger.

“We’ve added nearly 3,000 children to the Backpack Program this year alone,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “One in four children face hunger every day.  There is nothing more haunting to me than to think about a child going to bed hungry, waking up hungry, and trying to survive the weekend until they get to eat lunch at school on Monday.”

Together, we can solve hunger. To make a donation visit regionalfoodbank.org/summer or call 405-600-3136.

Established in 1980, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private domestic hunger-relief organization. The food bank envisions a hunger-free Oklahoma in which everyone has access to food. Regional Food Bank provides food for one of the hungriest states in the nation; the majority of those served by the food bank are the working poor, children and seniors living on a fixed income.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 653 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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