People & Places: Restaurant Week kicks off Saturday to benefit food bank
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Thursday, September 06, 2012
9/06/12 at 3:39 AM
Some of northeast Oklahoma's most popular restaurants are helping fight hunger in our community by taking part in Tulsa's sixth annual Restaurant Week Sept. 8-16.
The event is being held in conjunction with September's national Hunger Action Month.
Thirty-four 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 up to $25,000 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Restaurants will offer three lunch options at $12.95 per person and three dinner options 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.
The food bank's Food for Kids program provides a backpack of food each week during the school year to more than 4,100 students in Tulsa County at risk of going hungry during the weekend and holidays. Last year, Restaurant Week raised more than $50,000 for the Food for Kids program.
TulsaPeople magazine is the presenting sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include the George Kaiser Family Foundation, News on 6, Jarboe and Waller & Co. Public Relations.
Mike Dees, the owner of Smoke on Cherry Street, said: "At Smoke, we believe that helping the food bank feed Tulsa's neediest children through the Food for Kids program is one of the most important things the community does. Although Smoke participates in more than a dozen charity events each year, Restaurant Week is a staff favorite.
"Last year, more than 4,000 Tulsans dined at Smoke to support this great cause, and we hope to exceed these numbers this year since the need is greater than ever," Dees said.
Eileen Bradshaw, the executive director at the Food Bank, noted: "Restaurant Week is a really fun way for the community to help with the serious issue of childhood hunger. Diners who enjoy a meal out during Restaurant Week can be confident they are providing food for the nearly 4,100 kids in Tulsa County who receive backpacks of food through our backpack program each week."
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Restaurants participating in the sixth annual Restaurant Week, Sept. 8-16, include:
Downtown: Baxter's Interurban Grill, Boulder Grill, the Chalkboard, Dilly Deli, El Guapo's Cantina, Hey Mambo, James E. McNellie's Public House, the Tavern, Ti Amo and Yokozuna.
Brookside: Biga, Cosmo Café & Bar, In the Raw, Keo, Local Table, and Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar.
Cherry Street and in Utica Square: McGill's, Palace Café, Polo Grill, Smoke on Cherry Street and Wild Fork.
Midtown: Bodean Seafood, Cardigan's and Du Jour.
South Tulsa: Bluestone Steak House, the Bistro at Seville, Cyprus Grill at the Renaissance, Duke's Southern Kitchen, French Hen, McGill's, the Melting Pot, Michael V's and Ti Amo.
Also participating is the Canebrake in Wagoner.
Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (left); Erik Reynolds, executive chef of Smoke Woodfire Grill; Liz Kubik, senior account manager for Waller & Company Public Relations; and Jim Langdon, publisher of Tulsa People, are ready for Tulsa's annual Restaurant Week to help fight hunger. CHRISTOPHER SMITH / Tulsa World