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The Crossing asks diners to Instagram for charity

Monday, September 9th, 2013



The Crossing is encouraging diners to whip out their smartphones and snap away now through October. The restaurant, located at 7823 Forsyth Blvd., in Clayton, is participating in the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Local Dish Challenge, which highlights local producers and promotes culinary education.

The Crossing will donate $1 from each Rain Crow Ranch Berkshire Bone-In Pork Chop (pictured) sold to the JBF Taste America Drive. And diners who post a picture of their chop to Instagram with the hashtags #Clayton and #JBFTasteAmerica could help a local nonprofit win big bucks, too. JBF will donate $10,000 to the city with the most tagged uploads; The Crossing selected Operation Food Search’s Nutrition and Culinary Education Program as its designated charity.

“This is a great opportunity for us to call attention to all of our local food providers and to make more people aware of the James Beard Foundation,” said chef-owner Jim Fiala in a press release.



Have a porkin’ good time and eat for a cause at Pappy’s birthday party

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

020212_pappysPappy’s Smokehouse will be celebrating its fourth anniversary this weekend with a celebration everyone can get in on (well, until the local barbecue mecca runs out of meat, of course). Owner Mike Emerson (pictured) and his ‘cue crew will be cooking two whole hogs this Saturday, Feb. 4 to feed hungry pork-lovers who are likely to start lining up long before doors open at 11 a.m. Best of all, every bit of the proceeds (that’s right, not 10 percent, or even 50 percent but 100 percent) will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Gotta give back,” Emerson said. “I have been blessed.”

— Photo by Josh Monken

The Scoop: Vito Racanelli parts ways with Onesto

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

013112_onestoVito Racanelli, chef-owner of southern Italian restaurant Mad Tomato in Clayton, has parted ways with his other restaurant, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria. Racanelli’s decision to break with Onesto leaves business partner Craig Stenson in control of the pizzeria in the Princeton Heights neighborhood of South City.

“I was spread too thin,” explained Racanelli last evening during a preview dinner for Mad Tomato’s new winter menu. “I want to focus on this restaurant alone. You have to come here if you want to see me,” he said. Racanelli opened Mad Tomato last May. (See Michael Renner’s New and Notable review of Mad Tomato here.)

Apart from focusing on the house-made pastas and other rustic cuisine at Mad Tomato, Racanelli is launching a charitable giving initiative via monthly events and special promotions at the restaurant. His goal for 2012, he told guests, is to donate $10,000 to local charities. The first of these events will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with 20 percent of lunch and dinner proceeds benefiting Caring For Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides resources for children involved in the family court system in the St. Louis area.

— Photo by Carmen Troesser

Food trucks find ways to let customers give back

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

100211_charityAs the food truck trend has officially entered here-to-stay territory, a few area mobile culinary mavens are using their booming business models to offer curbside customers more than just pizzas and tacos. They’re giving them a chance to give money to a good cause.

Beginning today, Pi on the Spot will be roaming the streets with the dual purpose of feeding St. Louisans and helping worthy causes, as reported earlier this week by Chrissy Wilmes of the Riverfront Times. Rather than designate a single charitable organization as the regular beneficiary of its monetary donations, Pi will follow a charity-of-the-day model. Today, 50 percent of sales go to local nonprofit Meds and Food for Kids.

If you are one to tip the food truckies, Shell’s Coastal Cuisine gives you a good reason to eat its “Floribean” fare as well. Each month since it hit the streets this May, Shell’s has donated one-third of its tips to a charitable cause. The tips earned during the month of November went to Crisis Nursery. The designated charity is determined each month by a vote on Shell’s Facebook page.

Finally, come spring, the folks at Guerrilla Street Food will switch into the charitable mode when they begin “battling” brick-and-mortar restaurants with proceeds to benefit a yet-to-be-determined charity. The truck’s kitchen brigade will serve up Filipino food “re-imagined” to match the style of the restaurant against which they are competing. “So, if it was a sushi place, we would invent Filipino sushi,” explained Guerrilla Street Food co-owners Joel Crespo and Brian Hardesty.

Three reasons to dine out and give back

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

041211_DineOutSt. Louis is one of the nation’s most generous cities, ranked 8th nationally, based on per-capita giving among large cities in 2009. We in the Gateway City know that charitable giving is important; it’s just a matter of deciding who should get our charitable dollars. Here are three ways to make your dining dollars support some worthy causes right now.

1. Give Back Mondays at Ruth’s Chris Beginning yesterday and running through the end of the year, when you head to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse downtown or in Clayton on Mondays and order the Give Back menu item of the month, 10 percent of sales will be donated to Backstoppers, a group which supports families of public safety workers in the greater St. Louis area who have died while on duty.

2. The Ripening of the Mad Tomato Chef-owner Vito Racanelli Jr.’s new restaurant at 8000 Carondelet Ave., in Clayton is set to officially open May 6. However, you can get a preview of Racanelli’s Southern Italian cuisine by attending the opening fundraiser party on Thursday, April 28. Half of the proceeds from your $30 ticket will support St. Louis area food bank Operation Food Search. Make your reservation by calling 314.802.8883 x 399.

3. Dine in the Dark to help fight blindness. Guests who attend Dining in the Dark at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac hotel on May 11 will don light-blocking blindfolds while dining and use their sense of smell, taste, sound and touch to gain heightened awareness of blindness. Proceeds from the event will support the sight-saving research efforts of national nonprofit Foundation Fighting Blindness. To purchase tickets, visit fightblindness.org or call 847.680.0100.

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