DFW Restaurant Week Cooked Up Record $1 Million In Donations To North Texas Food Bank And Lena Pope

Annual Star Restaurant Awards Announced Recognizing To Contributions

February 4, 2020
DFRW Results

Dallas | Fort Worth – February 4, 2020 – The results are in: The 2019 DFW Restaurant Week presented by your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers raised a record $1 million for longtime charity partners the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) and Lena Pope. This represents the campaign’s largest charitable donations to date, thanks to the diners, restaurants and sponsors who took part in the 22ns anniversary DFW Restaurant Week last August. Organizers are celebrating by honoring exemplary participation with the DFW Restaurant Week 2019 Star Restaurant Awards.

DFW RESTAURANT WEEK 2019 RESULTS

In August 2019, more than 150 of the Metroplex’s top restaurants participated in DFW Restaurant Week, donating 20 percent of the price of each lunch or dinner purchased to NTFB (Dallas area restaurants) and Lena Pope (Tarrant County restaurants). An additional 12 casual dining restaurants took part in the DFW Restaurant Week Specialty Bites program, offering a custom-created menu item with 10 percent of the price donated to one of the charity partners. Of the $1 million raised during DFW Restaurant Week, NTFB received $710,930 and Lena Pope received $289,070 in donations. Twenty-seven (27) restaurants participated for the first time in 2019.

“DFW Restaurant Week is our largest annual fundraiser and makes a tremendous impact in our community,” said NTFB President & CEO Trisha Cunningham. “The record-breaking donations received from the 2019 campaign will enable us to provide more than 2.1 million meals for hungry North Texans. We are truly grateful to the many restaurants and diners who support our mission through DFW Restaurant Week each August. Thanks to them, we are able to put more food on the table for neighbors in need across North Texas.”

DFW RESTAURANT WEEK STAR RESTAURANT AWARDS | DALLAS AREA

The following restaurants are recognized as the DFW Restaurant Week Star Restaurants 2019 | Dallas Area, shown in order of largest charitable donations to NTFB.

For the 10th consecutive year. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas is awarded the campaign’s top Star Restaurant Award, with the highest overall charity donation of the year: $54,933 for NTFB!

1. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - $54,933 donation

2. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse - Dallas

3. The Capital Grille – Plano

4. Al Biernat’s – Oak Lawn

5. The Mansion on Turtle Creek

6. Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

7. Del Frisco Grille - Plano

8. Al Biernat’s – North

9. Fogo de Chao – Plano

10. Fogo de Chao – Uptown

11. The Capital Grille - Dallas

12. Fachini

13. Del Frisco Double Eagle Steakhouse - Plano

14. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Dallas

15. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Frisco

16. Fogo de Chao – Addison

17. Seasons 52 – NorthPark

18. Del Frisco Grille - Uptown

19. Seasons 52 – Plano

20. Nonna

DFW RESTAURANT WEEK STAR RESTAURANT AWARDS | TARRANT COUNTY

The following restaurants are recognized as the DFW Restaurant Week Star Restaurants 2019 | Tarrant County, shown in order of largest charitable donations to Lena Pope.

1. The Capital Grille – Fort Worth - $34,032.59 donation

2. B&B Butchers and Restaurant

3. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – Fort Worth

4. Del Frisco Grille – Southlake

5. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse – Fort Worth

6. Del Frisco Grille – Fort Worth

7. Waters Restaurant

8. Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Grapevine

9. Rise Souffle No. 3

10. Mac’s on Main – Grapevine

“We are absolutely thrilled with the million dollar results and are so grateful to the Tarrant County community for the ongoing support,” said Lena Pope’s newly announced CEO Ashley Elgin, Ph.D. “DFW Restaurant Week is a true win-win -- backing our area restaurant businesses and also supporting local children and families with every meal. The nearly $290,000 Lena Pope received from the 2019 campaign will be invested in our mental health, behavioral intervention and educational services that improve child well-being here in Tarrant County.”

DFW RESTAURANT WEEK STAR RESTAURANTS | BIGGER PORTION AWARDS

The DFW Restaurant Week Star Restaurants receiving the Bigger Portion Award, recognized for the greatest percentage increases in charitable contributions from 2018 to 2019:

Dallas Area | Supporting NTFB

1. Flemings Steakhouse

2. The Captial Grille Plano

3. Fogo de Chao

Tarrant County | Supporting Lena Pope

1. Rise Souffle No. 3 

2. Del Frisco Grille – Southlake

3. Del Frisco Grille – Fort Worth

DFW RESTAURANT WEEK STAR RESTAURANTS | NEWBIE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

These first-time restaurants demonstrating extraordinary enthusiasm and support were chosen by DFW Restaurant Week for its Newbie of the Year Award:

• Dallas Area | Supporting NTFB - The Ranch at Las Colinas

• Tarrant County | Supporting Lena Pope – HG Supply – Fort Worth

ABOUT DFW RESTAURANT WEEK

DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers is North Texas’ largest culinary event. Each August, diners enjoy delicious prix fixe meals at more than 150 participating fine dining restaurants, with 20 percent of the price donated to the North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope. Starting in 2018, casual restaurants offered DFW Restaurant Week Specialty Bites, with 10 percent donated to the charity partners. DFW Restaurant Week has raised more than $10.2 million in donations for NTFB and Lena Pope, including $1 million raised in 2019 alone. DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers is an Entercom event. The 22nd anniversary campaign is also proudly sponsored by Metroplex Cadillac Dealers, Beef Loving Texans (Texas Beef Council), Earthx, FedEx Office, Garrison Brothers Distillery, Holmes Murphy, OpenTable, D magazine and the StarTelegram. For the full dish on DFW Restaurant Week, please visit dfwrestaurantweek.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

ABOUT NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit hunger-relief organization operating a state-of-the-art volunteer and distribution center in Plano— the Perot Family Campus. Last year, the Food Bank worked hard in partnership with member agencies from our Feeding Network to provide access to almost 77 million nutritious meals across a diverse 13-county service area— this means more than 200,000 meals per day for hungry children, seniors and families. But the need for hunger relief in North Texas is complex and in order to meet the need the NTFB is working to increase our food distribution efforts. Our goal is to provide access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025. NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.

ABOUT LENA POPE

Lena Pope believes that children are an asset with unlimited potential deserving of investment. Since 1930, Lena Pope has worked to improve child well-being in Tarrant County. Lena Pope provides evidence-based, researchtested programs focusing in prevention and early intervention services that support child development and improve the behavioral and mental health of children and families. Lena Pope uses investment from the community to change lives, families and Tarrant County.

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