Seedlings Resaurant in Hoi An, Vietnam, is one of many restaurants around the world that train disadvantaged youth. Image courtesy of Seedlings Hoi An.

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 aWorld Food Day Pin favorite charitable enterprise that also serves great food? Please share in the comments.