Monday, August 1, 2011

Dig That "Dollar a Dish" and Support Food 4 Kids Backpack Program

It's that time of the year again when we raise money for the San Diego Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. This year, the focus is on Dollar a Dish and Alice Robertson and I have handed over the reins to the Food Bank so they can continue the tradition.

So, starting today, August 1, we have over 30 restaurants and food trucks participating. Each one has pledged to pick one popular dish on their menu and donate $1 to Food 4 Kids each time it's sold during August. The money goes to buy food and backpacks for elementary school children who receive free school meals during the week, but who go hungry over the weekend or school holidays. The program currently serves 800 children in 22 schools. With our help and the support of the community, the Food Bank will serve 1,050 children in 26 schools in the 2011-2012 school year.

All you have to do is go out to eat at the participating restaurants and be sure to order the featured dish. So, you'll have a nice meal and help make a difference. Me? I'm launching the fundraiser with lunch today at Blueprint Cafe and ordering the signature salad. Where are you going?

Here's the list of participants and their dishes:

Food Trucks
Chop Sooey: BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich with Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw & Lobster Roll
Devilicious: Burger DuJour
Corner Cupcakes: Six Pack of Cupcakes
Flippin Pizza: Buffalo Chicken Pie
Food Farm: Soyrizo Chili Fries
MangiaMangia: Meatball Panini
Ms. Patty Melt: Patty Melt Burger
Two for the Road: Cap'n Crunch Crab Cakes

Blueprint Cafe: Signature Salad (first week only)
Burlap: Red Chili Rock Shrimp
Cowboy Star: Pan Roasted Chicken Breast
Croce's Restaurant and Bar: 2 Appetizers: The Seared Sea Scallops and the Charbroiled CAB Filet Mignon
Cucina Urbana: Any pizza during lunch
Flavor Del Mar: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Sweet Corn Relish and Banyuls Vinaigrette
Flippin Pizza: Buffalo Chicken Pie (4 locations)
Kensington Grill: Sweet Chili "fall of the bone" pork baby back ribs with jalapeƱo cheddar cornbread + lime butter
Nine-Ten: Nine-Ten Burger
Prep Kitchen: Salted Caramel Brownie
Rimel's: Potstickers
Ritual Tavern: Seafood Bouillabaisse
Searsucker: Artichoke Hearts
Sprinkles: Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes
Terra: Potato, Brie & Red Onion Quesadilla
The Red Door: Turkey Meatloaf
The Wellington: Beef Wellington
Whisk n'Ladle: Chocolate Pot Du Creme
Zenbu: Hot Rock

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