KRLD Restaurant Week Breaks Its Own Record Again And Schedules 2013 Eat-out

More news about fundraising for the North Texas Food Bank. Remember last summer, when the 15th Annual KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market had restaurants filled like swimming pools on Memorial Day?

Well, the results are in and the news is very, very good with another record-breaking year. The eat-athon raised more than $760,000 for the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home. This was an increase of 9% over last year’s funds.

Surprise! Organizers have already scheduled the 2013 dining out program — August 12-18. Don’t bother trying to reserve a table yet. We’ll let you know when you can start marking plans. Until then, eat smart. Then you can splurge come August.

Restaurant Week Brings All Types Including Adlene Harrison And David Johnson To The Table For Good Causes

The North Texas Food Bank has really been facing a challenge this year with needs greater than ever. Perhaps that’s why despite the August heat and the skeeter invasion, Restaurant Week(s) benefiting NTFB and the Lena Pope Home is a true godsend.

Despite some nattering nabobs of negativism (sub. req.), the extra-special eating out at area restaurants has help provide fundraising for NTFB and LPH.

In addition to helping NTFB and LPH and offering an opportunity for adventurous diners to explore a restaurant for just $35, it also provides work and income for folks in the restaurant industry. Whether it’s the busboy clearing the table, the vendors delivering the goods to the kitchen or the valet parkers, it keeps many in business during a traditionally down month. Why, an internationally known restaurant that a week ago had a sparsely filled parking lot was overflowing Monday night. When asked the reason, the valet smiled and said, “It’s Restaurant Week.”

Adlene Harrison and David and Debbie Johnson

One restaurant that was sampled by Bridge volunteer Debbie and KRLD’s business commentator David Johnson and Dallas political legend Adlene Harrison was Nosh. In spite of the place being

Genan Bradford

packed, Nosh waiters like Genan Bradford handled everything seamlessly.  As for the food (Kobe beef meatballs, salt and pepper calamari, espresso braised short ribs, pan-roasted native chicken, banana bread pudding, etc.), it was not only delicious but plentiful.

Pan roasted native chicken

Former acting mayor Adlene admitted that despite having a mother who was a brilliant chef, Adlene was pretty much a stranger in a kitchen. Everything else discussed during the meal was strictly off the record. Sorry, but one does not cross Adlene.

Across the way Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez were dining and wining following a Mission Ole meeting. They’re chairing the Trinity River Mission fundraiser along with Honorary Chairs Sandra and Henry Estess. The only thing the gals shared was “save the date” — October 6. Then one of them dropped, “We’re going home to Laurie’s place.” Will update more as info comes in.

If you haven’t locked down a reservation for Restaurant Week, there’s still time.  Some restaurants have extended the program until September 2.

KRLD Restaurant Week Numbers Are In

After a lot of eating was done back in August for KRLD Restaurant Week, the totals are in. An estimated $695,000 was raised for North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home.

Yum, yum!

Get Your Forks Ready For KRLD Restaurant Week But Don’t Dial Yet

The 14th annual KRLD Restaurant Week involving more than 120 restaurants will start Monday, August 15. Oops! Not quite. There will be a special sneak preview “at select restaurants” the weekend before (August 12-14).

Wait! Stop! Before you start making reservation, chill. The fight for reservations will not start until Monday, July 18.

Once again the North Texas Food Bank benefits from the eat-a-thon. Out of every three-course dinner ($35), the NTFB gets $7.

So, go ahead and eat to feed others.