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For Diners:

What is The Grateful Table Dine Out?

It’s a month-long campaign in November to promote dining in California. We are grateful for neighborhood restaurants and the people who make them so special. Let’s support them!

The Grateful Table Dine Out is also raising awareness and donations for the nonprofit Restaurants Care relief fund

 

What is Restaurants Care?

The Grateful Table Dine Out is raising awareness and donations for the nonprofit Restaurants Care relief fund for food and beverage workers facing life’s toughest challenges. From natural disaster to illness, Restaurants Care serves hope to those who make our meals possible. Your donations power direct financial assistance and services to food and beverage workers right here in California.

Help a food and beverage worker

How can I help?

There are 3 simple things you can do to help:

1. Dine out! Support your local favorites and their crews.

2. Follow us on social media (yes! That really helps us) Instagram @Restaurants_Care and Twitter @RestaurantsCare.

3. Donate to the Restaurants Care relief fund. We’ll put your donations to work helping food and beverage workers in crisis. 

 

Where should I dine?

Dine at any restaurant in California. Support your neighborhood restaurants all November – dine out to help out! These featured restaurants have a donate option to benefit the Restaurants Care relief fund. So if you dine at a featured restaurant, you’ll be able to do even more good. 

How can I enter the sweepstakes?

It’s easy! Make sure you follow @RestaurantsCare on Twitter or Instagram. Each week in November we’ll post an image on each platform for the sweepstakes. Simply tag your favorite CA restaurant in the comments and tag a friend you want to dine with. Each week we’ll select 2 winners – 1 on Instagram and 1 on Twitter. If you win, we’ll buy you a $200 gift card to the restaurant you tagged!  

Nitty gritty: One entry per platform per week. You must be a CA resident and the restaurant must be located in CA. 18+ years old. Enter by each Thursday in November, winners announced each Friday in November. 

Full set of rules can be found here.

For Restaurants:

What is The Grateful Table Dine Out?

It’s a month-long campaign in November to promote dining in California. We’re giving guests a reason to visit and support their favorite restaurants.  

The Grateful Table Dine Out is also raising awareness and donations for the Restaurants Care relief fund

What is Restaurants Care?

The Grateful Table Dine Out is raising awareness and donations for the nonprofit Restaurants Care relief fund for food and beverage workers facing life’s toughest challenges. From natural disaster to illness, Restaurants Care serves hope to those who make our meals possible. Your donations power direct financial assistance and services to food and beverage workers right here in California. 

Help a food and beverage worker

Is there a minimum time commitment?

Nope! The Grateful Table Dine Out runs all of November. You can choose to run the campaign and/or have a guest donation option for one day, one week, the whole month, etc. It’s up to you and what’s right for your restaurant.

How much does it cost?

Participating in The Grateful Table Dine Out is free! There’s absolutely no registration fee. If you would like to be a featured restaurant, simply add a guest donate button or round up. There is no minimum donation requirement. Donations big and small have a tremendous impact on the lives of the people we serve.

Where does the money go?

Restaurants Care provides direct relief in the form of grants to food and beverage workers facing a hardship right here in California. We cover basic needs like groceries and rent while people are unable to work due to illness, injury, natural disaster, death in the family, and more. To see what your donations fund, visit www.restaurantscare.org.

How can my restaurant be listed on your website?

Fill out this form to get started and we’ll take it from there. All restaurants that have a guest donate button or round up will be highlighted on our website, on social media, and in pitches to media. 

What type of marketing support do you offer?

We are working with a PR firm to promote The Grateful Table Dine Out all November throughout California. Restaurants can download free, customizable marketing assets to promote their participation. Restaurants with a guest donate button or round up will be featured on our website, promoted on social media @Restaurants_Care, and included in media pitches. 

How do I add a round up or donate option?

Contact your POS account representative to add a donate option (this is fairly routine). You can choose to add a donate option (suggested amounts $1, $2, $5) or round up. Here is a helpful guide from Olo.

If you are asking guests to donate to Restaurants Care, simply create a non-taxable dummy skew. Then at the end of the campaign, tally that skew and there’s the donation to the fund! 

After the campaign, simply mail in a check for the donations. Checks should be made out to “The California Restaurant Foundation” (Restaurants Care is a fund powered by the nonprofit CRF) and mailed to:

California Restaurant Foundation
The Grateful Table Dine Out
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 2000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Where do I send donations when the campaign ends?

Donations collected by your restaurant are submitted via a check made out to “The California Restaurant Foundation” (Restaurants Care is a fund powered by the nonprofit CRF) and mailed to:

California Restaurant Foundation
The Grateful Table Dine Out

621 Capitol Mall, Suite 2000
Sacramento, CA 95814

You can also make your donation online here. Simply put your company name + “TGTDO” in the field that asks for company name. 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please contact us at info@restaurantscare.org