A Wish With Wings has been providing wishes for 40 years and is this year's beneficiary of Foodie Philanthropy. Pictured is Katie, a 2012 wish kid. (Courtesy photo | A Wish with Wings/YouTube)

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. 

Restaurants participating in the 2023 Foodie Philanthropy event on Saturday, Feb. 25. (Courtesy graphic | Foodie Philanthropy)

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: 

  1. B&B Butchers & Restaurant 
  2. Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine
  3. The Capital Grille 
  4. City Works 
  5. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
  6. Del Frisco’s Grille 
  7. Don Artemio Mexican Heritage
  8. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
  9. Enchilada’s Ole 
  10. Fitzgerald
  11.  Fort Brewery 
  12. Fort Worth Club 
  13. Hao’s Grocery & Café 
  14. Hot Box Biscuit Club 
  15. Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant 
  16. Los Vaqueros Stockyards 
  17. Magdalena’s (two tables)
  18. Mira Vista Country Club 
  19. Pearlsnap Kolaches 
  20. Perry’s 
  21. rise n°3 
  22. Reata 
  23. Savor Culinary services 
  24. Shinjuku Station 
  25. Stone House Restaurant 
  26. Taste Community Restaurant 
  27. Tre Mogli 
  28. Tokyo Café 
  29. Toro Toro 
  30. Tributary Cafe 
  31. Waters Restaurant
  32. Wishbone & Flynt

Source: Foodie Philanthropy 

Bob Francis is business editor for the Fort Worth Report. Contact him at bob.francis@fortworthreport.org. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. 

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