As the holiday season approaches, I am constantly looking for ways to give back. It might be sparing a couple bucks for the Salvation Army bucket or our family tradition of cooking and serving the homeless at soup kitchen. Regardless, the community spirit of the holidays seems to pervade the emotions of many.
StreetSmart, started in 1989 in the UK, aims to raise money for the homeless by allowing guests the option of adding $1 to your check at participating restaurants. In the first year of the Nashville program (launched in 2011), $4,500 was raised, which provided 22,885 meals for the homeless here in our very own backyard! The StreetSmart program benefits Room In the Inn which provides emergency relief, meal services, job placement, medical services, and job training for Nashville’s homeless.
Check out the list of restaurants participating in this program:
Anatolia Turkish Restaurant, Bella Napoli, Biscuit Love Truck,Chago’s Cantina, Dalts, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Finezza, Firefly Grille, Flyte, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Marché, Margot Café & Bar, Merchants, Midtown Café, Noshville Midtown, Paddy Boy’s Q to U, The Silly Goose, Sunset Grill, The Wild Cow and The Wild Hare.
For updates on participating restaurants, check out their facebook page, here!
If you’re thinking about dining out this holiday season, between now and December 31, get yourself over to one of these great restaurants and help give back by adding a buck to your check. StreetSmart hopes to significantly increase their fundraising from last year, so let’s help them out!
And in the spirit of giving and to help get word out about this awesome program, you will have the chance to win:
1. A $25 gift certificate to Amerigo Italian Restaurant (which is about enough for a double order of the awesome hot chicken pasta!)
2. Two tickets to the Nashville Symphony
Sounds like a fun time, don’t you think?! Here’s how you enter:
*NOTE: Winner will be picked on Thursday at 5:00 PM CDT.
*CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED*
Leave me a comment telling me your favorite dish or experience at one of the participating StreetSmart restaurants.
Optional Entries: These are not mandatory, but will increase your chances of winning! Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.
1. Follow Room in the Inn on Twitter (@roomintheinn) and tweet “Give back while dining out for the holidays. Win a night out from @viveksurti & @roomintheinn! http://wp.me/p2qiJ0-zi ”
2. Like Room In The Inn on Facebook