Last year, it wasn’t surprising to see the Central Florida Culinary Community come together in the days and weeks following the massacre at Pulse nightclub. They gathered to provide food for first responders and for family members of hospitalized victims and contributed in myriad other ways.
The anniversary of the murders, June 12, has been designated by the city as Orlando United Day — A Day of Love and Kindness. And once again, area restaurants are coming together to make a difference.
The Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association is spearheading an initiative called Round Up for Kids. It’s really simple: If you dine in one of the participating restaurants on June 12, just round up your check to the nearest dollar and FRLA will donate the difference to the Orlando After-School All-Stars and the Summer of Dreams, a program that reaches out to the area’s homeless children.
At the top of the list of participating restaurants are our friends from Taverna Opa and Tapa Toro. I’m never surprised to see them leading the way to help out in the community. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit this website.
And for restaurateurs, if you’d like to sign your restaurant to help out, contact Marjorie Stone, Central Florida Chapter Director for the FRLA, at 850-524-1747.
And by the way, those acts of love and kindness don’t have to be restricted only to June 12. Just saying.