Tables at 32 restaurants across Tarrant County will be a little special on Saturday, Feb. 25.
A select few tables will be part of Foodie Philanthropy’s 2023 fundraising event.
This year, 32 local restaurants have donated tables for the event and the tab from those tables are then passed on to the chosen charity. This year’s beneficiary is A Wish With Wings, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1982, A Wish With Wings has granted more than 1,700 wishes, according to the organization’s website.
Restaurant veteran Greg Kalina, former general manager at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group in Fort Worth and current partner at Stone House Restaurant in Colleyville, is chairman of the board at A Wish With Wings. He has been involved with the organization for over a decade.
“I’m thrilled that Foodie Philanthropy selected A Wish With Wings this year,” said Kalina. “With my background, it’s a perfect fit, hand-in-glove, really, so we’re really excited about this opportunity.”
Dinners are held separately at each participating restaurant. Each table of 10 receives a chef-curated dinner that includes a minimum of three courses with drink and/or wine pairings at the restaurant of their choice.
But those participating in Foodie Philanthropy can gather together and share their experiences at an afterparty, this year at Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Participating chefs like to rise to the challenge and provide something special, Kalinda said.
“They go all out to provide a really special meal, so it can be something memorable as well as raise funds for a worthwhile organization,” he said.
Since its founding in 2016, Foodie Philanthropy has supported Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever, the Hope Center for Autism, the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation, the Taste Project, and, last year, Methodist Justice Ministry. Foodie Philanthropy has raised $293,800 in the process.
Fort Worth City Council member Michael Crain is a co-founder of the charity with his wife, Joanna Crain.
“The success of Foodie Philanthropy over the years is a testament to the generosity of the Fort Worth community,” Crain said in a statement.
Beneficiaries of Foodie Philanthropy
2016: Girls, Inc., $10,000
2017: The Women’s Center, $31,000
2018: The Greatest Gift Catalog, $38,000
2019: Hope Center for Autism, $40,000
2020: Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation, $55,000
2021: Taste Project, $50,500
2022: Methodist Justice Ministry, $69,300
Thirty-two restaurants are hosting Foodie Philanthropy tables this year:
- B&B Butchers & Restaurant
- Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine
- The Capital Grille
- City Works
- Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
- Del Frisco’s Grille
- Don Artemio Mexican Heritage
- Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
- Enchilada’s Ole
- Fort Brewery
- Fort Worth Club
- Hao’s Grocery & Café
- Hot Box Biscuit Club
- Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant
- Los Vaqueros Stockyards
- Magdalena’s (two tables)
- Mira Vista Country Club
- Pearlsnap Kolaches
- rise n°3
- Savor Culinary services
- Shinjuku Station
- Stone House Restaurant
- Taste Community Restaurant
- Tre Mogli
- Tokyo Café
- Toro Toro
- Tributary Cafe
- Waters Restaurant
- Wishbone & Flynt
Source: Foodie Philanthropy
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