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Restaurants for Change: Dine out, do good

October 15, 2017

By Dick—

Every year one of our favourite charities hosts one of our favourite dine out events. Yes, if it’s October it must be time for the event called Restaurants for Change. This event sees 92 of the best eateries across the country donating a portion of their night’s proceeds to Community Food Centres Canada.

So we’re going to tell you what to do. This Wednesday, Oct. 18, have a nice night out and spend a lot of money. You’ll make a difference for low-income citizens who need help getting quality food on their tables. The Restaurants for Change website makes it easy to find a restaurant to dine at in your neighbourhood and make a reservation.

So no excuses!

And don’t forget to be social: @aplaceforfood on Instagram and Twitter; hashtag #restaurantsforchange.

Dine out, help the poor

Every year, each participating restaurant donates between 50% and 100% of total food sales for dinner to the CFCC. The CFCC then uses the money to support community food programs that “build health, hope, and belonging in low-income communities across the country.” It’s all in support of local Community Food Centre’s and their initiatives to bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all.

Kind of important, don’t ya think? We sure do. Imagine 92 restaurants in 19 cities—  their owners, chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, servers and kitchen staff have all committed to inciting real change in the way we get food into the hands of those who need it.

Money is just part of it; the solution needs commitment, vision and folks like you. Here’s why.

Good food advocate Mark Bittman

Last week in Toronto, famed New York Times food writer, cookbook author and activist Mark Bittman spoke to a sold-out crowd in an event organized by the CFCC. In his opening remarks, CFCC president, co-founder, CEO and author in his own right Nick Saul noted that the poor do not need our cast-offs and leftover food as a hand-out. They need access to quality food at a reasonable price, backed with a living wage so they can afford it. They also need the tools and support to achieve self-sufficiency and food security for themselves and their loved ones. Sure it’s a complicated issue, but if we can put a chimp in space…

To that end, we encourage you to read more at the CFCC website, including their 2016 Impact Report.

Meantime, work up a serious appetite and get out into your community this Wednesday. Eat, drink, be merry… be part of the solution.

The A-list of Toronto restaurants…

Thirty-six restaurants in Toronto are participating in Restaurants for Change this year. Some of these are already partners with Drink Toronto — hello Carmen, Drake Hotel and PrettyUgly Bar — and some are going to be part of our upcoming tours. We love you all!

Big shout outs to this year’s RFC participants: Actinolite, Alo, Bar Begonia, Bar Isabel, Baro, Barque Smokehouse, Bar Raval, Beast, Beaumont Kitchen, Big Crow, Cafe Belong, Carmen, Dailo Restaurant, Drake Commissary, Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty, Edulis, El Rey, Fat Pasha, Flock 97 Harbord Street, Harry’s Charbroiled, Isaan Der, Kanpai Snack Bar, Madame Boeuf, Mamakas Taverna, Maple Leaf Tavern, Peter Pan Bistro, Piano Piano, Planta, PrettyUgly Bar, Rasa, Richmond Station, Rose and SonsRuby Watchco, Tennessee Tavern, Union.