As we've been emphasizing, Eat Out for Nashville is not the only way that the food service industry is working to help out with the flood relief. Many restaurants are undertaking their own initiatives to feed the displaced and cleanup volunteers.
Chris Lowry and Jay Luther, the owners of Allium and the Germantown Café, have recognized that the recovery effort will probably be a marathon instead of a sprint. As such, they have pledged to contribute 10 percent of Allium diners' food checks at lunch to Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms, and 10 percent of their dinner proceeds at Allium to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's Flood Relief Fund for the balance of the month of May.
Additionally, both restaurants are actively conserving water by using paper and plastic products and have temporarily discontinued linen use in the dining rooms, so that their linen provider will hopefully use less water in its plant. Finally, since they assume that there are probably some displaced food service workers out there looking for work about now, they want to announce that Germantown Café is in need of a few servers along with a line cook. Candidates are welcome to apply in person, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email Chris a resume.
Way to step up, Chris and Jay! I can vouch that they are big supporters of the community, and I enjoyed a great meal in the crowded, energetic dining room at Allium the night of "Dining Out for Life" last month. We're lucky to have people like them in town.