DFW Restaurant Week marks a 25-year milestone this year.
It’s the biggest culinary event of the year in North Texas and the second longest dining week in the country. It is also a major fundraiser for charity partners; the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas and Collin counties, and Lena Pope in Tarrant County.
“If you look back over those 25 years, DFW Restaurant Week has raised more than $8.5 million for the North Texas Food Bank alone,” said NTFB President and CEO. , Trisha Cunningham. This translates to approximately 25 million meals over the past quarter century.
“We are meeting higher needs than ever because of inflation,” Cunningham said. “People can go try new restaurants. They can enjoy their favorite meals at a time of year when they have a fixed price menu and know they can eat for good too.”
Eat For Good in Tarrant County benefits Lena Pope, who helps provide mental health counseling, education and support services to children and families. Since the pandemic, referrals for help have doubled.
“We’re not out of it yet,” said Lena Pope development director Keegan Hand. “Mental health is definitely something that needs to be taken seriously, and it’s something that there aren’t enough services for.”
DFW Restaurant Week is one of Lena Pope’s largest annual fundraisers, providing more than $2.3 million over the past 24 years.
“So that really has a huge impact for us, for our agency,” Hand said. “And ultimately, the children and families we serve.”
Most sites are extending DFW Restaurant Week deals through September 4.
For more information on participating restaurants, click here.