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KRLD Restaurant Week 2010 Celebrates Record Charity Donation

After last August’s KRLD Restaurant Week/Month, I asked one of our interns to contact all of the restaurants that participated and conduct a brief survey. The results are here. I did this because most of the pre-event chatter among the trade was  negative. Many of the chefs and restaurateurs I’d spoken with were disappointed with advance reservations and most of them predicted a dim result.

However, today comes word from the organizers:

Last summer’s popular dining event raised more than $605,500 for its supporting partners — the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) in Dallas and Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth — with more than 100,000 prix fixe dinners served in 138 restaurants across Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant County.

The 2010 KRLD Restaurant Week tally reflects more than a $100,000 increase over the previous year’s charitable contributions.  As North Texas diners and participating establishments increasingly embrace the campaign message, “Dining Out’s a Good Deed, Helping Families in Need,” KRLD Restaurant Week organizers are honoring those local eateries that donated the most in 2010.

In case you want to get in shape before next summer’s extravaganza, the dates for the main week will be August 15–21, 2011.

Jump for the official press release.

KRLD RESTAURANT WEEK CELEBRATES RECORD $600,000+
IN CHARITY DONATIONS AS IT ANNOUNCES 2011 EVENT DATES

Dallas / Fort Worth Restaurant Stars Honored for Top 2010 Contributions
to North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home


DALLAS (February 24, 2011) – - Whetting appetites with the announcement that August 15–21, 2011*, is the main date for this year’s KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market, organizers are also celebrating an all-time record for charity contributions.  Last summer’s popular dining event raised more than $605,500 for its supporting partners — the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) in Dallas and Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth — with more than 100,000 prix fixe dinners served in 138 restaurants across Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant County.

The 2010 KRLD Restaurant Week tally reflects more than a $100,000 increase over the previous year’s charitable contributions.  As North Texas diners and participating establishments increasingly embrace the campaign message, “Dining Out’s a Good Deed, Helping Families in Need,” KRLD Restaurant Week organizers are honoring those local eateries that donated the most in 2010.

*2011 participants will be revealed on “Reservation Day” in late July when bookings can first be made.


KRLD Restaurant Week – 2010 Star Restaurants

Greater Dallas – Supporting NTFB

  1. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
  2. III Forks
  3. Al Biernat’s
  4. Abacus
  5. The Capital Grille
  6. Fogo de Chao
  7. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
  8. craft | DALLAS
  9. Nobu
  10. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
  11. Jasper’s
  12. Charlie Palmer at the Joule
  13. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill
  14. Hibiscus
  15. Fearing’s – Ritz Carlton
  16. The Place at Perry’s
  17. Central 214 – Hotel Palomar Dallas
  18. Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
  19. The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion
  20. Bijioux


Tarrant Area – Supporting Lena Pope Home

  1. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
  2. Grace Restaurants, Inc.
  3. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  4. Bonnell’s Restaurant
  5. Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House
  6. Kirby’s Steakhouse
  7. Bailey’s
  8. Brownstone
  9. Bistro Louise
  10. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Museum Place



KRLD Restaurant Week – 2010 Greatest Annual Increase
Restaurants recognized for showing the greatest year-over-year percentage increase in KRLD Restaurant Week charitable contributions from 2009 to 2010 are:
Dallas – III Forks
Fort Worth – Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House

KRLD Restaurant Week – 2010 Newbie of the Year
KRLD Restaurant Week and its supported partners have selected the following first-time restaurant participants for demonstrating extraordinary enthusiasm and backing:
Dallas – Fogo de Choa
Fort Worth – Brownstone

KRLD Restaurant Week – 2010 Sponsors
2010 KRLD Restaurant Week sponsors included: KRLD, presenting sponsor Central Market, The Dallas Morning News/GuideLive.com, Texas Beef Council, AIWF, Schepps Dairy, Glazer’s (i.e. Rosenblum Cellars, Geyser Peak Winery, Beringer and Concha Y Toro), 360 West, Cadillac, Sysco, FreshPoint, American Express, Patrón XO Cafe, and Ultimate Vodka.  Support from these companies also contributed to last year’s successful effort.

“We are grateful for the record-breaking support from the community and our amazing restaurants and sponsors,” said Jan Pruitt, NTFB president and CEO.  “KRLD Restaurant Week continues to be one of our largest fundraisers, enabling diners to enjoy the area’s top dining experiences while supporting our mission to put food on the plates of hungry North Texans.”

Added Todd A. Landry, Lena Pope Home executive director, “North Texas, its time to whet our appetites for another successful KRLD Restaurant Week featuring the area’s hottest menus and a good deed served up with every meal. The funds raised annually are not only appreciated, but are crucial in our outreach to help children and families throughout Tarrant County.”

KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market showcases North Texas’ thriving culinary scene, offering tasty three-course prix fixe dinner combinations priced at $35 per person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately).  The August tradition enables diners to acquaint themselves with regional hotspots, though some places opt to extend through early September.  For every meal purchased, participating restaurants made a $7.00 donation to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. Reservations are required for seating.

Follow the event on Facebook (KRLD Restaurant Week) and Twitter <http://twitter.com/DFWRestaurantWk> (@DFWRestaurantWk) for campaign announcements on Reservation Day coming up in late July and 2011 participating restaurants and sponsor promotions.

About KRLD Restaurant Week
KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market, coming up on its 14th straight year, was founded in Dallas/Fort Worth by NewsRadio 1080 KRLD AM.  Since its creation, the local restaurant community has embraced the concept and it continues to flourish as a popular marketing and giveback opportunity showcasing the area’s great dining scene.  The effort supports the work of the North Texas Food Bank in greater Dallas and Lena Pope Home in Tarrant County.  Stay tuned to KRLD <http://dfw.cbslocal.com/>  for updates on 2011’s efforts and look for the list of participants beginning in late July.

About NewsRadio 1080 KRLD-AM
50,000-watt KRLD is the source for local news, talk and information in Dallas/Fort Worth. The Texas State Networks, serves over 130 radio affiliates in two time zones with news, talk and sports programs.  KRLD and TSN are owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States.

About North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 1,184 feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. The NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. Close the Gap is the NTFB’s 3-year initiative to unite the community to narrow the food gap by providing access to 50 million meals annually by 2011.

Founded in 1982, the NTFB is a member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org). *Last year, the NTFB provided access to almost 45 million meals through its efforts, 7.7 million meals, or 21 percent more, than the previous year. Each month Member Agency pantries distribute food to nearly 25,000 people every day. Every dollar donated to the NTFB provides three meals for the hungry.  Visit ntfb.org for additional information on how to donate, volunteer or get involved.


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