Restaurant Week Mania with GO TEXAN and The Leaning Pear on KGSR
This morning, we chatted about all of the restaurant weeks going on this fall — including the GO TEXAN Resaurant Round-Up. We talked about all of the local restaurants participating including Carmelo’s, Eddie V’s, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Roaring Fork, TRIO, Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse (Elgin), Cabernet Grill (Fredericksburg), and Royer’s Round Top (Round Top). GO TEXAN’s Round-Up runs through this Friday.
GO TEXAN and The Leaning Pear invited Bryan, Andy and I plus our significant others down to Wimberley a few weeks ago to sample their GO TEXAN menu. It was delicious and the owners — Matthew and Rachel — treated us so well. For more on The Leaning Pear and Wimberley, check out my blog post from the meal.
During the last segment, we also talked about something that has been bugging me. I love all of the restaurant weeks that are going on around town. It’s such a wonderful opportunity for us to support the local restaurants, chefs, vendors, farmers, and in some cases, non-profit organizations.
It’s really helpful when the event organizers and/or restaurants note how much of their proceeds (if any) are going to a non-profit. For example, I ate dinner at Carmelo’s last night and they note on their menu that $5 of every $35 tasting menu order goes to the food bank. Dining for Life, an annual fundraiser for AIDS Services of Austin, notes the percentage of proceeds each restaurant will donate — with a range from 10 – 20 percent. Of course, restaurants giving the higher percentages will hopefully draw the biggest crowds and the best positive buzz.
My pet peeve? A press release that says: A portion of the proceeds will also benefit food banks. That is so vague and frustrating! Don’t we all want to know what businesses are giving back the most generously and who might be taking advantage of the good will being part of restaurant week provides?
I think this will take a grassroots effort. Consumers need to ask what percentage (or lump sum) is being given to a charity and charities or restaurant week organizers might consider posting more specific information about the donations either before or after the event.
By and large, restaurants are participating in these programs because they want to bring in more customers and also give back to the non-profit organizations and food banks in their own communities. Through incorporating more transparency in communications about restaurant week donations, we’ll reward those that are doing the right thing.
Below is audio clips from today’s radio show:
What are your thoughts about transparency in giving by restaurants and other local businesses?