DFW Restaurant Week’s Food And Wine Night Celebrated The Kick Off Of the 20th Annual Fundraiser With Cadillacs, Grazing And Sunshine

Heat and sunshine didn’t dissuade folks from attending the DFW Restaurant Week’s Food and Wine Night party on Thursday, August 3. Taking over the entire One Arts Plaza driveway, food stations were set up along the sides with a stage at the far end facing the mega high rise.

Cadillac owners were pleased to find out that they were due free valet parking courtesy of Restaurant Week Co-Sponsor Dallas-area Cadillac dealers. Only problem arose when the valets couldn’t tell a Cadillac from the other makes.

Then there was trying to get into the party. It required IDs’s and tickets to receive the required wristbands. Some guests though the bracelet translated into free grazing only to find out that all was not gratis. One gal had a mini-sticker shock when she discovered that her adult beverage had a price tag. Oops!

One Arts Plaza driveway

Cadillac on display

As the sun set, the crowds sought the shady side of the driveway or headed into the air-conditioned lobby. Luckily, as the sun set, guests found conditions more user friendly. Still those fountains the center sure did look inviting. But so did the food and those spiffy Cadillacs on display.

Marijke Lantz, Bill Durbin and Susan Arledge

Elise and Daren Martin

Anna and Benson Kurian

Looking cool as a margarita were bare-shouldered types like newlywed Elise Martin with husband Daren Martin, Susan Arledge, Bill Durbin, Marijke Lantz, Anna Kurian with husband Benson Kurian wearing his comfortable Toms, Allyson  Hartenstine, Gable Mansfield, Chase Badzik, Pedro Armstrong and Danielle Abril, who had to borrow a blouse from cohort Carly Mann’s closet.

Allyson Hartenstine, Gable Mansfield, Chase Badzik, Carly Mann, Danielle Abril and Pedro Armstrong

The 20th Annual Restaurant Week officially got underway with a preview weekend on Friday, August 4, with more than 100 area restaurants serving up vittles during its run to break up the doldrums of August and with 20% of every meal going to North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope!

DFW Restaurant Week’s Good Times Deserve Acknowledgments

It’s DFW Restaurant Week benefiting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. If you wine and dine as part of the week’s yummy-fest, why not review it for Nancy NicholsSidedish.

Since the Week tends to flood restaurants, the servers will be in overdrive to make your experience up to your expectations. If one goes beyond the call of duty, snap their photo on your swellphone and send it along to Nancy. She loves the pictures and to give a pat on the back to the heroes in the table-turning industry.

Bona appetite, y’all.

Don’t Go A-looking For Private Social Or Marquee Bar & Grill For DFW Restaurant Week

Oops! With reservations flowing in for the annual DFW Restaurant Week benefiting North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home, a restaurant or two pulled out.

Boo-hoo! It seems that Private Social will not only not be part of the collection of fine-eating fares in August, it just plain closed down Saturday night. . . at least, according to The Dallas Morning Newies.

And don’t you go a-looking for Highland Park Village’s Marquee Bar & Grill to be part of the DFWRW program. It’s undergoing a major face lift and liposuction. Just ask any socialite. There’s nothing more refreshing than a restructuring at the skilled hands of experts.

But don’t fret your pretty little forehead into wrinkle city. Dallas is a restaurant conclave and there are plenty of other cafes and delicious dineries that will offer yummies for your considerations and for the benefit of the nonprofits.

Warm Up Your Reservation-Making Talents For 2013 DFW Restaurant Week

After going into overload eating through the 4th of July celebrations, it’s time to take a break and dust off those healthy diets. After all, the 2013 DFW Restaurant Week is just around the corner.

2013 DFW Restaurant Week

2013 DFW Restaurant Week*

Benefiting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home, this year’s collection of 125+ participating restaurants will be revealed for reservations on Monday, July 15.

2012 DFW Restaurant Week entree

2012 DFW Restaurant Week entree

The plan is for dinners ranging from $35 or $45 and lunches for $25 (plus tax and gratuity), with 20% going to NTFB and LPH. The dinners include three-course prix fixe dinners with wine pairings available for some extra cha-ching.

The schedule calls for Preview Week to be August 9-11, Main Week August 12-18 and Extensions August 19-25 and August 26-September 1.

Vets will tell you that if you spend $25 at presenting sponsor Central Market and request a certificate, you get an “extra dinner course” coupon.

Last year’s eat-away summer fundraiser brought in $760,000+ for the two charities.

Jan Pruitt (File photo)

Jan Pruitt (File photo)

“DFW Restaurant Week is one of our most popular and important fundraisers,” said NTFB President/CEO Jan Pruitt. “It’s an ideal way to enjoy a fabulous meal at a deal, while also putting food on tables for children, families and seniors in need. The donation from one dinner purchased during the campaign will provide up to 27 meals for hungry North Texans.”

Remember that generous gratuities are appreciated for good service, despite the bargain meals.

*Graphic courtesy of DFW Restaurant Week

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.

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!