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.”
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
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.
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.