Around Town: Foodie Philanthropy

“Good eats. Good times. Good causes.” That’s the promise behind Foodie Philanthropy and I’d say that last year they overdelivered on all fronts. In 2016, fifteen restaurants across the city donated a table of ten on a Saturday night with net proceeds from ticket sales being donated to Girls, Inc. of Tarrant County.

I was fortunate to host a table at Magdalena’s and will be doing the same this year. However, this time, owners Paige and Juan Rodriguez have donated a table of 20! Thirty restaurants will be participating in the February 25th event and 26 of those restaurants are already sold out. Purchase tickets for my table at Magdalena’s or for another participating restaurant here. This year’s beneficiary is The Women’s Center of Tarrant County.

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I’m hoping for another unseasonably warm February evening so we can enjoy al fresco dining with a skyline view. Our group was lavished with a multi-course meal paired with perfectly selected wines. We were treated to dishes like the shiitake and oyster mushroom chorizo taco on blue corn tortilla (pictured left) and arroz con pollo made  with Carolina Gold rice, diced pear and Buddha’s Hand lemon zest…comfort food to the extreme. I can’t wait to taste what chef Juan Rodriguez and his team come up with this year!IMG_7421

The evening will once again end with an after party in West 7th that brings together diners from all participating restaurants to share and compare their experiences. We danced the night away while enjoying beverages sponsored by Rahr & Sons Brewing, Times Ten Cellars, and Acre Distilling. I admit to making multiple requests to the DJ for 90’s hip hop and I promise to do the same again, but this year, maybe I’ll step back and let a few others make some requests as well. Maybe.IMG_3700