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)
Windows Steaks & Martinis (l, d)
1150 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Chocolat Restaurant & Bar (l, d)
8155 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Il Grano (l, d)
11359 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Pastina Trattoria (l, d)
2260 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Venice Cantina (l, d)
23 Winward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291