Jul 192012
 

For the third year in a row, DAVANNI’S is teaming up with the Emergency Foodshelf Network to help stock their food shelves. Last year, DAVANNI’S collected 4,950 lbs. of food.   This year’s goal is to collect more than 6,000 lbs of food!

Bring in 3 nonperishable food items to any DAVANNI’S on Monday, July 23 or Tuesday, July 24 and receive a FREE Solo 1-Item (thin or traditional crust) Pizza OR $4.98 off towards another menu item. For DAVANNI’S locations: http://www.davannis.com/locations

Also, Coffee Bené (coffee shop next to Grand & Cleveland DAVANNI’S) is participating and has a deal too: Bring in 3 nonperishable food items to Coffee Bené on Monday, July 23 or Tuesday, July 24 and you pick: Free Small Drip Coffee OR Free Sticky Mickey OR Free Cinnamuffin.

You are encouraged to bring multiple items for the food shelves, but only one offer per person. Good on eat-in and take-out orders only.

May 212012
 

Davanni’s Courage Center Day

Enjoy your Davanni’s favorites, help send campers to camp!

This year Davanni’s is teaming up with Courage Center in a whole new way! They are hosting DAVANNI’S Courage Center Day and we need you! All you need to do is order DAVANNI’S (eat-in, take-out, or delivery) on Monday, May 21, at any of our 21 locations, and we’ll donate 5% of our total sales that day to Courage Center’s Camp Scholarship Program.

Camp can be expensive and some have to choose between programs. It can cost campers up to $1,200 per week to attend.

 Can’t join us or if you’d like to donate something extra? Starting Monday, May 14 – Monday, May 21 TEXT Courage to 85944 to donate $10. (Message and data rates may apply.)

For more information about Courage Center Camps and to read camper stories visit: http://www.couragecenter.org/camps

Apr 252012
 

If you plan to go out to eat at all this Thursday, April 26, 2012, please make sure you go to one of the hundreds of Twin Cities Restaurants who are donating part of their evenings proceeds as part of Dining Out for Life, an annual dining fundraising event raising money for AIDS service organizations.

Here is the complete listing of restaurants who are participating this year

128 CAFE 651-645-4128 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
318 Cafe 952-401-7902 Donating 20% Breakfast, Lunch View Details
The 5-8 Club 612-823-5858 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
5-8 Grill and Bar 763-425-5858 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
5-8 Tavern and Grill 651-735-5858 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
8th Street Grill 612-349-5717 Donating 20% Lunch View Details
ACQUA RESTAURANT 651-407-7317 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Ah Sa Wan 612-332-9190 Donating 20% Lunch View Details
AL VENTO 612-724-3009 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe 218-723-0075 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
AMERICAN PIE PIZZA – Minnetonka 952-546-5995 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Angelo’s Italian Restaurant 651-450-1270 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Anodyne @ 43rd 612-824-4300 Donating 25% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Arezzo Ristorante 612-285-7444 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Aster Cafe 612-379-3138 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
At Sara’s Table/Chester Creek Cafe 218-724-6811 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Bagu Sushi & Thai 612-823-5254 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
BAMBU 651-747-1000 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
BANK RESTAURANT 612-333-4006 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
BAR ABILENE 612-825-2525 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Barbette 612-827-5710 Donating 20% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Be’wiched Deli 612-767-4330 Donating 22% Dinner View Details
Bella’s on Broadway 320-846-0900 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Biology 701 320-443-6028 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
BIRCHWOOD CAFE 612-722-4474 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Black Dog Cafe 651-228-9274 Donating 20% Lunch View Details
Black Forest Inn 612-872-0812 Donating 20% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
BLACKBIRD CAFE 612-823-4790 Donating 40% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Blue Point Restaurant 952-767-9711 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Boca Chica Restaurant 651-222-8499 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
BoDiddley’s Pub & Deli 320-252-9475 Donating 20% Lunch View Details
BoDiddley’s Pub & Deli 320-363-7200 Donating 20% Lunch View Details
BoDiddley’s Pub & Deli 320-255-9811 Donating 20% Lunch View Details
BOMBAY PALACE 763-586-9800 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Brookside Bar & Grill 651-433-1112 Donating 25% Dinner View Details
Bruegger’s Bagels, Eden Prairie 952-974-9777 Donating 20% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Bryant Lake Bowl 612-825-3737 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Bukhara Indian Bistro 952-476-7997 Donating 27% Dinner, Lunch View Details
The Bulldog Lowertown 651-221-0750 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
The Bulldog Uptown 612-872-8893 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Bullfrog Cajun Bar 612-339-0638 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Buona Sera Ristorante and Wine Bar 763-421-1814 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
The Butcher Block 612-455-1080 Donating 25% Dinner View Details
C.C. Club 612-874-7226 Donating 20% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
CAFE ENA 612-824-4441 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Cafe Maude 612-822-5411 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
CARMELO’S RISTORANTE 651-699-2448 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Chiang Mai Thai 612-827-1606 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
CHIN DIAN CAFE 612-676-1818 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
CHRISTO’S GREEK RESTAURANT 952-912-1000 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
CHRISTO’S GREEK RESTAURANT, UNION DEPOT 651-224-6000 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Citizen Cafe 612-729-1122 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Coffee News Cafe 651-698-3324 Donating 20% Breakfast, Lunch View Details
Colossal Cafe – Minneapolis 612-729-2377 Donating 25% Breakfast, Lunch View Details
Colossal Cafe – St. Paul 651-797-4027 Donating 25% Breakfast, Lunch View Details
Culvers 507-345-1680 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Culvers 507-344-1554 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
CUPCAKE 612-378-4818 Donating 35% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
CUPPA JAVA 612-374-4806 Donating 75% Dinner View Details
Curran’s Restaurant 612-822-5327 Donating 25% Dinner View Details
D. Michael B’s 320-762-2697 Donating 25% Dinner View Details
Dixie’s on Grand 651-222-7345 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Dunn Bros Coffee – Roseville 651-633-2727 Donating 20% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
EAGLEBOLTBAR 612-338-4214 Donating 100% Dinner View Details
Ecopolitan 612-874-7336 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Eden Avenue Grill 952-925-5628 Donating 30% Dinner View Details
EL MESON 612-822-8062 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
EL NUEVO RODEO 612-728-0101 Donating 36% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
EL PARAISO MEXICAN RESTAURANT 612-823-4707 Donating 35% Lunch View Details
ELSIE’S 612-378-9701 Donating 35% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Erté and the Peacock Lounge 612-623-4211 Donating 25% Dinner View Details
FACES Mears Park 651-209-7776 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
FALAFEL KING 612-824-7887 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
FIRELAKE GRILL HOUSE & COCKTAIL BAR 612-216-3473 Donating 50% Breakfast View Details
First Course 612-825-6900 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Galactic Pizza 612-824-9100 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Gay 90’s 612-333-7755 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Gigi’s Cafe 612-825-0818 Donating 20% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Ginger Hop 612-746-0304 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
The Glockenspiel 651-292-9421 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Grand Cafe 612-822-8260 Donating 30% Dinner, Lunch View Details
GREAT WATERS BREWING CO. 651-224-2739 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
THE HAPPY GNOME 651-287-2018 Donating 35% Lunch View Details
HauteDish 612-338-8484 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
HAZEL’S NORTHEAST 612-788-4778 Donating 35% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
HERKIMER PUB & BREWERY 612-821-0101 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
HIGHLAND CAFE 651-698-3400 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
HIMALAYAN RESTAURANT 612-332-0880 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
HOT PLATE 612-824-4794 Donating 35% Breakfast, Lunch View Details
HOUSE OF PIZZA 320-252-9300 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
It’s Greek to Me 612-825-9922 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
J.D. HOYT’S 612-338-1560 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Jake O’Connor’s Public House 952-908-9650 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Jakeeno’s Pizza & Pasta 612-825-6827 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Jerusalem Restaurant 612-871-8883 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
JOE’S GARAGE RESTAURANT 612-904-1163 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
KHYBER PASS CAFE 651-690-0505 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Kozlak’s Royal Oak Restaurant Wedding & Events 651-484-8484 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
La Chaya Bistro 612-827-2254 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Lola’s Lakehouse 952-442-4954 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
LORING KITCHEN & BAR 612-843-0400 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
THE LOWBROW 612-208-0720 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Lowry Cafe 612-677-2233 Donating 34% Dinner View Details
Lucia’s Restaurant 612-825-1572 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Luna Rossa Tratoria and Wine Bar 651-430-0560 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
LUSH Donating 100% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Lyon’s Pub 612-333-6612 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Manny’s Tortas 612-870-3930 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
MAVERICK’S WOOD GRILL 763-576-8150 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
May Day Cafe 612-729-5627 Donating 25% Breakfast, Lunch View Details
Maynard’s Restaurant 952-470-1800 Donating 20% Lunch View Details
McCoy’s Public House 952-224-9494 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Mendoberri Cafe and Wine Bar 651-209-3270 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Moose and Sadie’s Eatery 612-371-0464 Donating 25% Lunch View Details
MOTO-I SAKE BREWERY & RESTAURANT 612-821-6262 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Muffuletta 651-644-9116 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
NGON VIETNAMESE BISTRO 651-222-3301 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Nonna Rosa’s Ristorante Italiano 763-537-3700 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
OLD VILLAGE HALL RESTAURANT 507-467-2962 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Olives 507-386-1001 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
PACIFIC WOK 320-257-5200 Donating 35% Lunch View Details
PAGODA 612-378-4710 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Palumbo’s Pizzeria 651-698-0020 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
PAPA’S RESTAURANT AND DELI 612-521-7272 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Park Tavern 952-929-6810 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Pat’s Tap 612-822-8216 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
PICCOLO 612-827-8111 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
PIZZA LUCE – DOWNTOWN 612-333-7359 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
PIZZA LUCE – DULUTH 218-727-7400 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
PIZZA LUCE – HOPKINS 952-767-0854 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
PIZZA LUCE – SEWARD 612-332-9545 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
PIZZA LUCE – ST. PAUL 651-288-0186 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
PIZZA LUCE – UPTOWN 612-827-5978 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Pub 500 507-625-6500 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
The Purple Onion Cafe 612-252-0217 Donating 20% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Rail Station Bar & Grill 612-729-3663 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Rainbow Chinese 612-870-7084 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Red Stag Supperclub 612-767-7766 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
REPUBLIC 612-338-6146 Donating 35% Lunch View Details
RESTAURANT ALMA 612-379-4909 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Restaurant Aura 612-821-0008 Donating 25% Dinner View Details
Rinata 612-374-8998 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Roat Osha 612-381-0633 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Rudolphs Bar-B-Que 612-871-8969 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
RUSTICA BAKERY 612-822-1119 Donating 40% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Saji Ya 651-292-0444 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
THE SALOON 612-332-0304 Donating 100% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Salut Bar Americain St. Paul 651-917-2345 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
The Sample Room 612-789-0333 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Santorini 952-546-6722 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Sapor Cafe/Bar 612-375-1971 Donating 25% Lunch View Details
SAWATDEE & ZUSHIYA OF MAPLE GROVE 763-494-5708 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
SAWATDEE ST. PAUL 651-528-7106 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Sawatdee Thai Restaurant 612-338-6451 Donating 25% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Scusi 651-789-7007 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Sen Yai Sen Lek 612-781-3046 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
SEÑOR WONG 651-224-2019 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
SIR BENEDICT’S TAVERN ON THE LAKE 218-728-1192 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
SOCIAL HOUSE 612-824-6300 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
SOLERA RESTAURANT & EVENT CENTER 612-338-0062 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
SPILL THE WINE 612-339-3388 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Spoonriver 612-436-2236 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
St. Clair Broiler 651-698-7055 Donating 25% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
ST. PETERSBURG RESTAURANT AND VODKA BAR 763-587-1787 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
Stanley’s NE Bar Room 612-788-2529 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Stella’s Fish Cafe 612-824-8862 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill 952-854-0800 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
SUPATRA’S THAI CUISINE 651-222-5859 Donating 35% Dinner View Details
TOAST WINE BAR AND CAFE 612-333-4305 Donating 50% Dinner View Details
Tootie’s on Lowry 612-529-0200 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery 612-332-1865 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Trattoria da Vinci 651-222-4050 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
Trotter’s Cafe 651-645-8950 Donating 21% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Tum Rup Thai 612-824-1378 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
Uptown Cafeteria 612-877-7263 Donating 20% Dinner, Lunch View Details
VA BENE CAFFE 218-722-1518 Donating 35% Dinner, Lunch View Details
VICTOR’S 1959 CAFE 612-827-8948 Donating 35% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Vina Restaurant 612-866-5034 Donating 20% Dinner View Details
W.A. Frost and Co. 651-224-5715 Donating 20% Lunch View Details
WILDE ROAST CAFE 612-331-4544 Donating 35% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
YUM! KITCHEN AND BAKERY (Take Out Only) 952-922-4000 Donating 35% Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch View Details
Zen Box Izakaya 612-332-3936 Donating 25% Dinner View Details
Apr 212012
 

On Thursday night I had the pleasure of attending the premier fundraising event of Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization.  Second Harvest Heartland is a member of Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the United States. Membership means access to millions of pounds of surplus food and grocery donations from manufacturers and producers throughout the country.

At the event, Dish: Cuisine for Change, there were silent and live auctions, small plates created by some of the most well-known restaurants in Minneapolis and St Paul, and a presentation about Second Harvest Heartland. The evening concluded with comic relief provided by Sebastian Maniscalco, renowned comedian and regular on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Dish- Cuisine for Change 2012

I had about an hour to sample as many small plates as possible; I only had time for a bite of each, but I tried nearly everything.  There were a couple of other restaurants represented that I didn’t have time to get to.  I took a lot of photos of the Chefs and the small plates they put together. It was a delicious evening!

Check out my photos in the slideshow below or view the entire set on Flickr

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Dish- Cuisine for Change

The evening was a big success and I look forward to attending again next year!

Feb 172012
 

Raising money to end Childhood Gunger while enjoying All-You-Can-Eat desserts.  Doesn’t that sound like a winning combo? It sure is!

Share Our Strength Cakewalk

Thursday, March 1, 2012. 8:00p.m.-11:00p.m.

Fine Line Music Cafe (318 North 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, MN; 612-338-8100; finelinemusic.com)

    • Tickets can be purchased for $60 each at www.shareourstrength.org/minneapolis and include unlimited desserts and drinks.
    • all-you-can-eat desserts from the Twin Cities’ best pastry chefs including Michelle Gayer, award-winning pastry chef from Salty Tart Bakery
    • open bar with specialty cocktails from top mixologists including La Belle Vie mixologist Johnny Michaels
    • dessert liqueur, wine and beer
    • a raffle with fabulous prizes
    • dancing
    • All proceeds from ticket sales for the event will go to Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization with the goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015. 100% of ticket sales go directly support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in Minnesota and America. Share Our Strength Minneapolis raised more than $100,000 in 2011 alone

About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. Visit Strength.org to get involved.

Feb 122012
 

Happy Valentine’s Week!

I have teamed up with Great Harvest Bakery for a first-ever AUCTION here on the Twin Cities Restaurant Blog.  Great Harvest has graciously offered a Valentine’s Gift Basket for me to auction off with all proceeds going to the WomenHeart. Coalition. This basket has a ton of awesome goodies including:

  • A loaf of Honey Whole Wheat bread (made with simply 100% whole grain wheat flour, water, honey, yeast and salt)
  • White Chocolate Cranberry Scruffins
  • Chocolate Bliss Cookies
  • White Chocolate Cherry Swirl
  • Brownie heart
  • Trek bars (a like a power bar with all natural ingredients)
  • A loaf of savory specialty bread

Winning Bidder of  this auction will be able to pick up and pay for their basket at their convenience, but must be willing to travel to Great Harvest Bakery in Woodbury to pick up their goodies.

Because I truly believe in this cause, I am going to match the winning bid (up to $30).

Bidding is easy! Simply leave a comment on this post with your name and bid amount.  Whoever has the highest bid by Monday, February 13th at 10pm, will get to claim their basket at Great Harvest Bakery in Woodbury!

Ready, Set…….. BID!

Feb 022012
 

Great Harvest Bakery ~ 8160 Coller Way Woodbury,  Minnesota 55125 651.578.9756

The Great Harvest Bakery  is sponsoring a fundraiser/awareness campaign for WomenHeart, a national coalition for women with heart disease.  The bakery will donate 5% of its sales to WomenHeart from the Friday, February 3 event (National Wear Red Day). Great Harvest is known for handcrafted heart-healthy whole grain breads featuring daily milled whole grains blended with pure-and-simple ingredients, like honey.

Additionally, Great Harvest Bread Company has put together a wonderful Valentine’s Day Basket that I am putting up for auction here on the Twin Cities Restaurant Blog.  All proceeds from this auctioned Basket will go to WomenHeart.

**Photo and Description of Basket to come!!**

Winning Bidder of  this auction will be able to pick up and pay for their basket at their convenience, but must be willing to travel to Great Harvest Bakery in Woodbury to pick up their goodies.