It’s called Raise the Steaks. Diners get to enjoy a juicy meal at any of the participating steakhouses, with a chunk of the proceeds going to worthy nonprofits. Participants include Fleming's, Morton’s, Old Hickory Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sperry’s Restaurant and Stoney River Legendary Steaks.
Each night will be devoted to a different charity, and each restaurant is putting together its own version of the deal, with guests enjoying selections from either a prix-fixe or standard menu. Because of the variation, organizers aren’t naming a specific percentage of the proceeds that will be donated. But Amanda Butler, who’s helping publicize the event, says a ballpark figure might be around 10 percent — and guests, of course, are welcome to chip in a little more.
The charities are Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Make-A-Wish Foundation Middle Tennessee Chapter, Alive Hospice and Happy Tales Humane. Proceeds from the final night, Jan. 6, will be divided among all the charities.
Building awareness of the organizations’ good works is another aspect of the event. Representatives from the nonprofit groups will be on hand to talk about their work, hand out information (and to collect any additional donations diners might want to offer).
After the jump, read the Raise the Steaks schedule along with a description of the nonprofit organizations’ missions and accomplishments.
RAISE THE STEAKS
Sunday, Jan. 2: Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee www.secondharvestmidtn.org
For 1 in 8 Americans, hunger is a reality. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger, even though we might not be aware of it. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee works to feed needy people and work to solve hunger issues in the community.
Monday, Jan. 3: Make-A-Wish Foundation Middle Tennessee Chapter www.midtnwishes.org
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The chapter recently launched its 10th Anniversary Celebration “Ten Years to 1,000 Wishes” with the goal of granting its 1,000th wish by October, 2011.
Tuesday, Jan. 4: Alive Hospice
Alive Hospice has been offering loving care to people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives since 1975.
Wednesday, Jan. 5: Happy Tales Humane
Happy Tales Humane was founded in 1996 to provide the area with an animal shelter that does not use euthanasia to make room for additional animals.
Thursday, Jan. 6: Proceeds from this night will be divided among all four charities.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit RaiseTheSteaksNash.com