TRA Members Honored with Restaurant Neighbor Award for Outstanding Community Service
Each year, the National Restaurant Association honors outstanding restaurants across the nation for their charitable support and dedication to improving their local communities with the Restaurant Neighbor Award, sponsored by American Express. This year, the Texas winners are Cured, San Antonio, TX; and Fish City Grill, Dallas, TX. These restaurants will now compete with other state winners for the national award. Four national winners will receive $5,000 to support their charity or community project at awards ceremony in Washington, DC in April 2015. "These restaurants are prime examples of the generosity and philanthropy Texas restaurants exhibit every day of the year in their communities," said Richie Jackson, TRA CEO. "The Restaurant Neighbor Award is a great way to shine the spotlight on and honor the many things restaurateurs do each day to make our communities better places to live and work." Cured has been open just one year but charitable giving and community involvement has been a fundamental part of chef/owner Steve McHugh since the beginning. Cured occupies the original president's office in San Antonio's sprawling, historic Pearl Brewery complex, now a vibrant destination for foodies from San Antonio and beyond. Not only is the popular new restaurant an anchor of its own neighborhood; from the get-go it has shown itself to be a caring, generous neighbor. McHugh and his staff of sixty contribute significant ours and in-kind resources to local events. Their signature giving program is tied to a popular centerpiece of its menu, the charcuterie board: for each of these ordered, Cured donates $1 to a single charity. A different charity is chosen each quarter. In 2014 Cured raised over $13,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Team Gleason for ALS support, Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry and Susan G. Komen Foundation. Fish City Grill has a passion for supporting the communities it serves through its First Tuesday program. Following Sept. 11, 2001, Fish City Grill launched its First Tuesday event to provide support for hyper-local non-profit organizations. Early on, they understood that their dollars could have a significant impact on organizations in each of their restaurants' backyards that were most in need. On the first Tuesday of each month, the locations highlight a different local charity and encourage guests and supporters of that organization to dine with them that day. A portion of the day's sales are then directly donated to the charity. In 13 years the program has expanded to all Fish City Grill locations and the company has donated more than $275,000 to various local organizations across Texas and nationally.