The Week – and PlateShare! – approach
Charlotte Restaurant Week is headed our way again, July 19-28, and the website is live at www.charlotterestaurantweek.com. Cool new development: PlateShare debuts.
That’s a mobile app that lets you help feed the hungry: It rounds your restaurant bill up to the nearest dollar and donates the difference, in this case to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
Katie Levans of Charlotte came up with the micro-giving startup, designed for restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores or any other time, and there’s an app for both iPhone and Android. You set up a profile and create or link to your PayPal account. Then you enter a bill total into the app and let it calculate the rounded-up donation and complete the donation.
You can also connect with other users and let more people know about the effort through social media.
Charlotte’s Tattoo Projects is doing the development and design.
“Nothing was outsourced,” Levans said in a news release, “because we have the resources and the talent to pull this off right here at home.”
Participating restaurants in the Week will encourage diners to download and donate.
Queen City Q is the first point-of-sale partner for PlateShare, meaning that the uptown barbecue restaurant’s bills will offer a PlateShare round-up option on receipts, beginning July 5.
More info at www.plateshare.org or PlateShare on Facebook.
• On Bastille Day, July 14, Mimi’s Cafe will have a menu of dishes with original (for the chain) 1978 pricing, including French onion soup for $2.25, pain perdu for $4.25 and French dip sandwich for $4.10. There will also be a long-term giveaway beginning that day with prizes ranging from $10,000 cash to a trip to Napa Valley. 10244 Perimeter Parkway; 704-509-5911.
• Lulu will offer a four-course dinner for $35 for Bastille Day, served 5-9 p.m., with courses including pan-roasted frog’s legs or pâté or escargot and steak, poulet or moules frites (that’s steak, chicken or mussels with fries). 1911 Central Ave.; 704-376-2242.
Q-off at Zagat national survey
A national survey by Zagat of about 1,500 people showed North Carolina style as, shockingly, not the top choice. What? Regional preferences on “favorite style of BBQ” were:
Kansas City: 16%
Eastern North Carolina: 8%
St. Louis: 5%
South Carolina: 4%
Western North Carolina: 3%
Don’t Know: 19%
Survey is at bit.ly/12kihGQ.
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