Thursday, May 6, 2010

Eat Out and Help Out on May 17

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 3:17 PM

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Middle Tennessee diners are invited to eat out at their favorite restaurants the evening of Monday May 17, 2010 as part of a citywide charity event to raise money for Nashville flood victims. Participating restaurants will donate 50% of the evening’s proceeds to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund of the Community Fund of Middle Tennessee. “Eat Out for Nashville” is the brainchild of Doug Hogrefe, owner of Amerigo. As soon as the flood waters began to recede, Hogrefe looked for ways to help out displaced Middle Tennesseans and volunteers who were assisting in the recovery efforts.

“When I realized that we had been blessed to receive little damage in the flooding, I knew that I could feed individuals and small groups,” said Hogrefe. “Many other restaurants in the area were also mobilizing quickly to offer assistance to the thousands of people in need. By combining our efforts for one night on May 17, the Nashville area dining community can multiply their impact and draw even more attention to the plight of our customers and friends who need our help.”

Since this event is coming together so quickly as a grassroots effort, restaurants are being approached by local food writers and bloggers as well as their fellow restaurateurs to encourage them to participate. All sorts of establishments are invited to join the effort, from fine dining restaurants to fast casual chains. As more locations sign on, a list of participants will be maintained and publicized through local media outlets, including The Tennessean, The Nashville City Paper and The Nashville Scene. Alternative media such as www.Nashvillest.com, Twitter, FaceBook and Nashville food blogs will also share up-to-the-minute information on “Eat Out for Nashville” with their many followers.

If you are a restaurant interested in participating, email eatoutfornashville@gmail.com. If you are a frequent diner, please ask your favorite(s) to join the fun. Watch this space, the FaceBook page and your favorite local food blogs for details as restaurants sign up to help. Already confirmed to help spread the news are http://www.loveandoliveoil.com, http://www.lesleyeats.com, http://www.LannaeLong.blogspot.com ,http://nashvillerestaurants.blogspot.com/, http://www.eatmenashville.com/, http://nashvillefoodiesblog.com/ and http://nashveggie.com/blog/.

You know you like to eat. Why not help out our friends in need while you do it. If we wait around for the world to come to Nashville and bail us out, the mosquitoes are gonna get mighty thick.

We are Nashville! And We are Hungry!

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