In the aftermath of the deadly shootings in Downtown last Thursday, the city’s restaurant community has stood united in one thing: supporting Dallas law enforcement officers by ensuring that they have plenty to eat in the aftermath of this tragedy.
In the days following the shooting, restaurateurs and other industry professionals descended on Downtown with trays of hot meals. Now that officers have largely returned to their routines, restaurateurs are continuing the outpouring of love with a series of fundraisers that will benefit fallen officers and their families.
More than 20 Dallas chefs have banded together to form The Giving Table, a "collective" effort to benefit families of fallen officers. The fledgling organization has already scheduled two events to raise funds for Dallas police.
The first will be held at Chef John Tesar’s Knife on July 22, and 100% of the $50 ticket price ($100 if you’d like to sponsor an officer) will be donated to the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas. The second will be hosted by Chef Sharon Van Meter at 3015 Trinity Groves on July 31st.
Also, restaurateur Joe Palladino will also host an epic benefit at his newly-opened Uptown establishment Dos Jefes tonight. A former New York City police officer, Palladino is a lifelong supporter of law enforcement.
"What happened here in Dallas last Thursday night broke my heart, it made me angry, and it reminded me that our city is blessed with some of the bravest men and women in uniform anywhere," said Palladino in a statement. "There’s only so much any of us can do to show our sincere gratitude, and what I can do is open the doors at Dos Jefes and ask people who share our gratitude to join us and add their support however they can."
Palladino’s Dine For Dallas Blue fundraiser kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes all the way until 2 a.m., during which time 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Guns & Hoses Foundation. No promises, but Palladino expects plenty of local celebs and professional athletes to stop by Dos Jefes tonight.
Also on offer is a selection of spectacular, largely sports-themed silent auction items, including a package of Dallas Mavericks memorabilia donated by Coach Rick Carlisle and a round of golf with Palladino at Dallas National Country Club.
If you’re looking for a way to continue supporting Dallas police, these events certainly provide a delicious opportunity.