Seedlings Resaurant in Hoi An, Vietnam, is one of many restaurants around the world that train disadvantaged youth. Image courtesy of Seedlings Hoi An.
Today is the 70th anniversary of World Food Day, the day the United Nations has set aside to focus public attention on efforts to eradicate hunger. We thought it a good time to share some of our favorite restaurants with a purpose: those establishments who give back while you enjoy a meal out.
King’s Kitchen, Charlotte, NC:King’s Kitchen is a “Southern kitchen on a local mission”- training formerly homeless and recovering addicts in the culinary arts. 100% of the profits go to the poor in Charlotte, but you don’t feel anything “charity” about the food from King’s Kitchen- I had some of the best fried chicken of my life there!
Gracie’s Cafe, Chicago: located on the city’s West Side neighborhood, is not only home to some great Intelligentsia coffee and warm sandwiches in a darling atmosphere, it’s also a social enterprise which helps formerly incarcerated men and women learn how to work in the food service industry. We’ll drink to that!
Also in Chicago with two locations- Inspiration Kitchen works with Chicagoans who have experienced homelessness and poverty get back on their feet by providing them opportunities to gain valuable skills and experience in the food service industry. The result is delicious brunch, lunch and dinner including a daily French toast special that is always a hit. The Garfield Park location is also just around the corner from the Garfield Park Conservatory which is definitely worth the trip.
Seedlings, Hoi An, Vietnam: We stumbled upon Seedlings this summer and it was the culinary highlight of our trip to Vietnam. The restaurant helps orphaned teens and serves the most amazing mango smoothies you can imagine.
Do you have a favorite charitable enterprise that also serves great food? Please share in the comments.
Dia Adams is a Mom of a teen and a tween in the DC Metro area. Between growing up foreign service and working in consulting, she built up a serious love of travel that included visiting over 40 countries and living in Thailand, China, and Ireland (where her son was born). With extensive trial (and occasional error) her family has learned to balance passion for travel with the reality of, well, real life with two kids. Dia blogs at TheDealMommy.com to share hacks that help families travel more while still maintaining their savings and sanity. She is also the author of bestselling guidebook Disney World Hacks.