This summer, helping to put food on the tables of area families in need is as easy as walking out to the backyard garden. Take Your Tomato to Dinner Week, a dining event benefitting the Mid-Ohio FoodBank, runs Monday, Aug. 25 through Saturday, Aug. 30 at participating Dine Originals Columbus restaurants.
The concept is simple. Diners are encouraged to bring a tomato from their backyard garden (they should be ripening right about...now!) into any of the 30 participating Dine Originals Columbus restaurants. The chef will take your tomato and incorporate it into a dish for you to enjoy, whether it's a seasonal Caprese salad, a side salad or a daily feature.
You'll pay the menu price for your tomato item, and the restaurant will donate $1 from each tomato item sold to the Mid-Ohio FoodBank -- enough to provide a meal for a family in need. Simple, delicious and rewarding!
The idea for Take Your Tomato to Dinner Week originated with Peter Danis, owner of Figlio Wood-Fired Pizza and a founding member of Dine Originals Columbus. He and his wife, Laurie Danis, have held Bring Your Tomato to Figlio Week for the past few years.
“It’s about leveraging the gardening efforts of our guests to harvest the bounty in their backyards to help nourish others,” Peter Danis says. “This is a grassroots program that is an absolute win-win for everyone involved.”
The Danises were so inspired by positive response from their customers, they decided to increase the visibility and impact of the tomato promotion by inviting more restaurants to join in the fun. This year they recruited fellow Dine Originals Columbus restaurants to participate, and Danis would love to see Take Your Tomato to Dinner Week continue to expand on a regional and even national level over the next few years.
Says Danis, “Laurie and I were thrilled to enlist the support of our fellow restaurateurs who feel as strongly as we do about addressing hunger in our local community.”
Black Creek Bistro
Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant
Dirty Frank’s West
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ella Restaurant & Bar
Figlio-Wood Fired Pizza
G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar
The Jury Room
Shaw’s Restaurant & Inn
Surly Girl Saloon
The Top Steak House
Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails
Vino Vino Restaurant & Wine Bar
The Worthington Inn