August 21, 2011

Dinner Date: Eating Good and Donating at the Same Time

Last night – for the first time in a LONG time, maybe since around our anniversary last year – Joey and I went out on a dinner date.

We were blessed to be able to eat Chamberlain’s Steak and Chophouse on Belt Line in Addison to test out their Restaurant Week menu and share the experience with you so you will consider taking part the next time Restaurant Week in Dallas rolls around.

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Here’s how it works – over 100 restaurants in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas take part in this event annually. These restaurants are usually upscale establishments where we would normally not choose to eat simply based on the cost involved. However, for this one week each year, they create a three course menu that includes an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert – all for just $35 per person. The best part in my opinion, is that $8 out of each $35 dinner that is purchased is donated to a worthy cause. (In Dallas, it is the North Texas Food Bank and in Ft. Worth, it is the Lena Pope Home.)

As a local blogger I was invited to a preview dinner just a little over a week ago, and then asked to return to eat the typical Restaurant Week dinner at one of the restaurants in order to testify about my experience.

Since, my sweet hubbie stayed home with the kids during my preview dinner and didn’t get to experience the incredible food from Chamberlain’s, I decided to be fair we would return to Chamberlain’s together for our dinner.

To be honest, we felt a little out of our element but the experience was absolutely wonderful, if a bit surreal after our dinners of lately seem to be occurring at McAlister’s or Petra Mexican Bistro here in McKinney.

I laughed at the end of our meal because we literally did not leave one bite of food on our plates from any of the courses. We had Summer Corn Bisque and Duck Confit for appetizers. Prime Rib and Kobi steak for entrees. And Lavender Crème Brule and Citrus Pie for dessert. It was all amazing. The service was incredible. I honestly didn’t have any complaints.

Joey and I talked about trying to make it a regularly scheduled event each year to try out a new restaurant during Restaurant Week. Not only will it allow us the chance to experience food, service and ambiance we normally wouldn’t, it also donates a good portion of the cost to some very worthy causes.

If you haven’t heard of Restaurant Week before or didn’t participate this year for whatever reason, I would encourage you to plan on it next year. You have to make your reservations early, but the experience is well worth the effort!