Cross Town Kitchens- Make Your Dinner Out Do Double Duty

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the founders of Crosstown Kitchens

These are tough times, and on TreeHugger and Planet Green we keep saying that the greenest and most economical way to live is to make things yourself and to cook your own food. But some of the hardest working people in America are those working in food service, and there are a lot of them. And the first discretionary spending everyone is giving up is going out for dinner.

What is a restaurateur to do? A group of chefs in Toronto had an interesting idea. They founded Crosstown Kitchens, "to promote awareness surrounding issues that affect food in our community."

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And right now, you can go to a significant proportion of Toronto's best restaurants and order a meal where a full twenty percent of the tab, ten bucks on a prix fixe of fifty, is donated to a very interesting cause: The Stop Community Food Centre, which "works to increase people's access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality."

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While we generally practice what we preach and don't get around much anymore, we did celebrate my wife's birthday recently, at Alices, a restaurant where the chef believes in "sourcing local, seasonal and organic food and wine while keeping an eye on one's carbon footprint." How much better yet to know that the restaurant supports programs like Stop For Food- it makes us feel quite a bit less guilty about spending our money.

If you are going to spend money in these times, make it work hard. Restaurateurs who are willing to give up a big portion of the tab for others in even worse shape deserve our support.

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