Dining With Denise Neil

Dine Out, Help Out publishes list of participating restaurants

Mayor Jeff Longwell served brownies today at Inter Faith Inn to help raise awareness of the new Dine Out, Help Out event, scheduled for Sept. 15.
Mayor Jeff Longwell served brownies today at Inter Faith Inn to help raise awareness of the new Dine Out, Help Out event, scheduled for Sept. 15. The Wichita Eagle

The first-year charity dining event Dine Out, Help Out is coming up in a couple of weeks, and today, organizers invited a few media types and politicians to meet the people that the event will help.

I was one of about seven guest waiters at the Inter-Faith Inn at Central and Broadway. We put on aprons and served what looked like a delicious chicken and rice casserole, fresh green salad and big chocolate brownie to about 15 of the home’s residents, who are homeless adults and children in transition who need housing.

Inter-Faith Ministries, which runs the Inn, has planned Dine Out, Help Out for Sept. 15. It has persuaded 20 restaurants to donate a portion of their proceeds from Sept. 15 to the cause. “Ambassadors” who volunteer for the fundraiser help get the restaurants signed up and are charged with asking their friends and family to fill the restaurants that day using their power of persuasion and their social media channels.

Organizers hope to get at least 15 more restaurants on board before Sept. 15. Those who want to serve as ambassadors or restaurants that want to participate should contact Kyle Gibson at 316-264-9303 or e-mail him at Vista@interfaithwichita.org.

The list of participating restaurants, which includes both Granite City restaurants, Albero Cafe, Newport Grill, YaYa’s Eurobistro and Bricktown Brewery, can be seen at dineouthelpout.org.

Money raised will benefit Inter-Faith’s shelters, where people can get beds, meals and help finding a job or arranging educational opportunities.

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