Friday is Coming Early this Week!


September 6, 2019 By: Tina Mortimer Category: SHH News

Who doesn’t love a good excuse to go out to dinner (or lunch or breakfast!) especially when you know that the money you spend will go to a great cause? On Thursday, September 12, eat at a participating Plates for Good restaurant and a percentage of what you pay for your meal will go directly to Second Harvest Heartland to help feed the 1 in 11 Minnesotans who experience hunger.

You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at our community’s premier eateries, and they’ll donate a minimum of 20 percent of the proceeds to end hunger. It’s that easy. Some restaurants—like Brindisi’s PubNOLO’s Kitchen & Bar and VIVO Kitchen are donating 100 percent of sales!

For every dollar donated, Second Harvest Heartland can provide up to three meals for our neighbors in need.

Jonathan Hunt, renowned Twin Cities chef and owner of Al Vento, a Southern Italian restaurant in Minneapolis, Minn., has partnered with Second Harvest Heartland since 2005. He said he does it for two reasons. “Second Harvest Heartland gives back to the less fortunate in the community I call home, and my customers love to support the cause.”

Hunt also partners with Second Harvest Heartland because he believes hunger is a solvable problem—if communities work together. Cyndy Harrison, owner and regional general manager of Sawatdee, a staple for Thai cuisine in the Twin Cities since 1983 with six locations in the metro, agrees. 

“Hunger is a big problem, but if everyone is committed to stopping it, we can,” she said. “We are participating in Plates for Good because we are committed to supporting our community and believe strongly in stopping hunger.” 

 Harrison is a longtime supporter of Second Harvest Heartland, and said her customers are too.

“Our customers are so happy when they hear that their meal is supporting such an important cause.”

Below is a sample of some of the amazing restaurants you’ll have to choose from in the Twin Cities metro. We invite you to take a long lunch, enjoy an indulgent dinner and help feed your hungry neighbors at the same time.

Plates for Good is presented by Second Harvest Heartland and WCCO Radio. To see all the participating Plates for Good restaurants and to learn more, visit


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