At some point, I want, no I need, to write about Haiti and about talking to my kids about what’s happening there. But right now, like many folks, I’m still trying to get my head around it all. So I’m going to throw out a little something pro-active that we can all do in the meantime.
I’m going to offer you a deal. I’ll tell you about a bunch of inexpensive and kids-eat-free restaurant options locally, so you can save money while feeding your children. But you have to promise me that you’ll send any cash you save to Haitian relief programs. I recommend that you donate to the American Red Cross Haitian Relief Program at www.redcross.org or to locally-based Mission Manna at www.missionmanna.org. You can donate to both on-line with a few clicks.
I trust you to keep track of how much you’re saving and send it on your own. Even better? Let your kids do the math and help you make the donations.
So here’s the list by night of the week, plus extra information about a one-day local restaurant fundraiser for Haiti:
Sunday night: Kids eat free at Hooter’s. Dads, the Hooter’s folks want you to send whatever you would’ve paid for that burger and fries to Haiti.
Monday night: Kids eat free at Don Papa’s and Fuddruckers (after 4 p.m.)
Tuesday night: The familiest-friendly night in town. Kids eat free at Urban Burrito, Fuddruckers, Denny’s, Lone Star, The Asheville Mall Food Court, Ruby Tuesday’s, and The Bier Garden. Also family night deals at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Merrimon.
Wednesday night: Kids eat free at Chai Pani, Bier Garden, Fuddruckers and La Fiesta. Blue Sky Café offers kid meals for 99 cents.
Thursday night: Kids eat free at Moe’s Southwest Grill from 5 to 6 p.m.
Friday night: A bleak night out with kids, but see category below titled “Good deals all the time.”
Saturday night: Kids eat free at Lone Star from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Denny’s after 4 p.m.
Good deals all the time: At Moose Café and IHOP, kids eat free after 4 p.m. every night. A slice of cheese pizza from Barley’s Pizzeria & Taproom that’s bigger than your kid’s head is always $2. Many local restaurants have kids’ menus that include lower prices and smaller portions. Ask if you don’t see these options on the menu.
I’m not suggesting you take your kids out to eat every night, even if it’s free (most restaurants assume you’ll buy an adult meal with a free kid meal. In fact, some require it). But if you do take advantage of any of the options I’ve listed, please take a moment to send the money you saved to aid those in Haiti.
At the same time, you’ll be supporting local businesses, many of which need a little help in the off-season — especially after the extra bite this winter’s brutal weather has taken out of business.
Here’s another way you can help this week, without even having to go online afterward:
Twenty local restaurants will donate 10 percent of their end-of-day sales on Thurs., Feb. 11, to the American Red Cross for relief work in Haiti. Participating restaurants are: 12 Bones Smokehouse, Artisan Catering & Deli, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, Blue Ridge Dining Room, Burgermeister’s Kitchen & Tap, Chai~Pani, The Corner Kitchen, Doc Chey’s Noodle House, Fig, Horizons, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Luella’s Barbeque, Mamacita’s Mexican Grill, Piazza, Rise ‘n Shine Cafe, Sunny Point Cafe, Sunset Terrace Chophouse, Table, and Tupelo Honey Cafe (both locales).
Thank you, in advance.
Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.edgymama.com.