A Bunny and a Kitty Kat Can Feed a Child – Dine Out USA 2005

share our strength and san pellegrino's dine out usa 2005
As if we really need an excuse to go out to eat! No, this one needs no excuse. During the weeks of August 15-19 and 22-26, restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Chicago will participate in the 4th annual Dine Out fundraising program for Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to fighting childhood hunger.

Participating restaurants in each city will offer a three course prix-fixe lunch for $20 or dinner for $35. For every Dine Out meal that is served, San Pellegrino, the sponsoring company, will donate $1 toward Share Our Strength. Sounds deliciously charitable!

But, after I thought about all of that for a nanosecond, I had to raise my eyebrow with ever so slight a suspicion. One, I love my permanently perfect eyebrows, so any opportunity to bring attention to them is snatched up! But more importantly, two, I wondered about the donation of a mere $1. That doesn’t seem like much. Then I followed the 1 to the footnote, and read that the maximum contribution from Nestlé Waters North America will be $15,600.

San Pellegrino is owned by Nestlé?! That fancy schmancy let-me-say-the-Italian-words-to-sound-ooh-la-la water in the heavy green bottle comes from the Nestlé Quik bunny?!?!

I got over that pretty quikly, but remained disturbed by the fact that the maximum contribution from a company as enormous as Nestlé is only $15,600. If I do the math in my head, it’ll take a long time. So *punch punch* calculator…$15,600 is about point oh oh oh oh one percent of the gazillion dollars that Nestlé must make from not only Kit Kat, the candy bar, but feeding cats. Nestlé owns Friskies and Fancy Feast, too. *meow*

In the grand scheme of things then, that maximum contribution is pocket change. Pennies. And I wonder where the figure came from. Why is it not a nice round $15k? Where does that additional $600 come from? Am I obsessing too early in the morning because I’m still a little caffeine-free cranky? Someone get me cup of Nescafé, please!

It all made me think that in the end, it would just be better to just eat at home for those ten days (the restaurants don’t participate on the weekends – I wonder why *chuckle*) and write a check to Share Our Strength directly for the $35 times 10 days=$350 I would have spent at the restaurants. That makes far more logical financial sense to me, but then I realized that this program is in place to raise awareness, as well as get people out who might not have known to contribute in the first place.

Ah well, I rant a little in the morning, but I’m still going to call this afternoon to make my reservations. Actually, if you’re an internet junkie like me, you can see and do all of it right here at open table. I mean come on, what a great excuse to go back to Lucques ;)

Participating Restaurants in Los Angeles (l=lunch, d=dinner)

BEVERLY HILLS
Crustacean Restaurant (l)
9646 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.205.8990
www.secretkitchen.com

Prego Ristorante (d)
362 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.277.7346
www.pregoristoranti.com

DOWNTOWN
Cardini (d)
930 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213.896.3822
www.wilshiregrand.com

Ciudad (l, d)
445 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213.486.5171
www.ciudad-la.com

Engine Co. No. 28 (l, d)
644 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213.624.6996
www.engineco.com

Windows Steaks & Martinis (l, d)
1150 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213.746.1554

HOLLYWOOD
The Grill on Hollywood (l, d)
6801 Hollywood Boulevrad
Hollywood, CA 90028
323.856.5530
www.thegrill.com

Vert a Brasserie by Wolfgang Puck (l, d)
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
323.491.1300
www.wolfgangpuck.com

LOS ANGELES
Chaya Brasserie (l, d)
8741 Alden Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048
310.859.8833
www.thechaya.com

Chocolat Restaurant & Bar (l, d)
8155 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.651.2111

Lucques (l, d)
8474 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
323.655.6277
www.lucques.com

Xiomara Restaurant- Melrose (l, d)
6101 West Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.461.0601
www.xiomararestaurant.com

PASADENA
Bistro 45 (l, d)
45 S. Mentor Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
626.795.2478
www.bistro45.com

Celestino Ristorante and Bar (l,d)
141 S. Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
626.795.4006
www.celestinopasadena.com

Firefly Bistro (l, d)
1009 El Centro Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
626-441-2443
www.eatatfirefly.com

Madre’s Restaurant (d)
897 Granite Drive
Pasadena, CA 911901
626.744.0900
www.madresrestaurant.com

Xiomara Restaurant (l, d)
69 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
626.796.2520
www.xiomararestaurant.com

SOUTH
Café Pierre (d)
317 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.545.5252
www.cafepierre.com

Fora (d)
5730 E. 2nd Street
Naples, CA 90803
562.856.9494
www.fora-naples.com

La Traviata (l, d)
301 Cedar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.432.8022
www.latraviata301.com

L’Opera Ristorante (l, d)
101 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.491.0066
www.lopera.com

Michi Restaurant and Martini Bar (d)
903 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.376.0623
www.michi.foodnow.tv

The Whale and Ale (l, d)
327 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
310.832.0363
www.whaleandale.com

Zazou Restaurant (d) <
1810 S. Catalina Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310.540.4884
www.zazourestaurant.com

VALLEY
Max (l, d)
13355 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
818.784.2915
www.maxrestaurant.com

WEST HOLLYWOOD
Café Med (l, d)
8615 Sunset Bouevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.652.0445
www.cafemedsunsetplaza.com

Citrine (d)
8360 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323.655.1690
www.citrinerestaurant.com

Doug Arango’s (l, d)
8826 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.278.3684
www.dougarangos.com

Mirabelle (l, d)
Mirabelle
8768 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.6022
www.mirabellehollywood.com

Norman’s(d)
8570 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.657.2400
www.normans.com

WESTSIDE
Border Grill (l, d)
1445 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.451.1655
www.bordergrill.com

Breeze (l, d)
The Westin Century Plaza Hotel
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.551.3334
www.breezela.com

Chaya Venice (l, d)
110 Navy Street
Venice, CA 90291
310.396.1179
www.thechaya.com

Chinois on Main (l)
2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310.392.9025
www.wolfgangpuck.com

Eurochow ( d) 1099 Westwood Boulevard
Westwood, CA 90024
310.209.0066
www.eurochow.com

Hal’s Bar and Grill (l, d)
1349 Abbot Kinney
Venice, CA 90291
310.396.3105
www.halsbarandgrill.com

I Cugini (l, d)
1501 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.451.4595
www.icugini.com

Il Grano (l, d)
11359 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.477.7886

Il Moro Restaurant (d)
11400 Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-575-3530
www.ilmoro.com

Lincoln Steakhouse (l, d)
2460 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310.828.3304
www.thelincoln.cc

Locanda del Lago (l, d)
231 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.451.3525
www.lagosantamonica.com

Michael’s Restaurant (l)
1147 3rd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310.451.0843
www.michaelssantamonica.com

Ocean Ave. Seafood (l)
1401 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.394.5669
www.oceanave.com

Pastina Trattoria (l, d)
2260 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310.441.4655

Tengu (l,
d)
10853 Lindbrook Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310-209-0071
www.tengu.cc

Venice Cantina (l, d)
23 Winward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
310-399-8420

Vincenti Ristorante (d)
11930 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310.207.0127
www.vincentiristorante.com

Vito Restaurant (l, d)
2807 Ocean Park Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310.450.4999
www.vitorestaurant.com

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  • Eve

    i’d be down to do this with you again if you want…

  • grooveadam

    delicious site

  • duckduckgoose

    What do you think of Il Grano? That looked the most interesting to me and I think it is usually way more expensive. I love Luques, but the menu didn’t look very exciting to me for the event.

  • sarah

    i’ve only been to il grano once, and it was back when it still looked sort of crumbly and dirty from the outside, but the food was okay.

    maybe lucques, or maybe even crustacean! just kidding, i actually DO NOT like crustacean at all. ;) but i have also not yet been to lincoln steakhouse, so perhaps i will try that one.

  • Philippe

    I actually wrote a review of The Chaya: Dinner at The Chaya on August 17, 2007

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