Dining to Make a Difference at Talk of the Town Restaurants

In just one year Talk of the Town Restaurant Group has engaged the Central Florida community to raise over $200,000 for deserving charities. This hefty sum of money supported Special Olympics Florida athletes, the OneOrlando Fund for Pulse Nightclub victims and several other worthy causes. Talk of the Town Restaurant Group, owned by the Woodsby family, is expanding their fundraising efforts to help even more communities in need by creating a “Round Up for Charity” program.

Talk of the Town Restaurant Group was founded in 1974 by the father and son team of Charley and Ron Woodsby. For over 40 years, personal donations from the Woodsby’s have greatly improved the quality of life for those struggling in our local neighborhoods. In keeping with the family tradition of giving back, Clark Woodsby, Senior Operating Partner, has joined his father and grandfather to create a private charity - Talk of the Town Restaurant Group Foundation. “Being born and raised in Lakeland, I’m passionate about this community and want to give back to Central Florida where I grew up”, says Clark.

As part of this Foundation, all restaurants in the Talk of the Town family will participate in the “Round Up for Charity” program, in which guests can round up their checks to the nearest dollar to support different charities each month. Participating restaurants include:
·         Charley’s Steak House
·         FishBones
·         Johnnie’s Hideaway
·         MoonFish
·         Texas Cattle Company
·         Vito’s Chop House
All operational costs of the Foundation are paid for by the Woodsby family so that 100% of the money collected goes directly to those in need.

I recently had an opportunity to experience many delicious dishes from the Talk of the Town Restaurants. I also sampled some of their house wines as well. Both were lovely.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this Cantaloupe Martini! I'm not much of a cantaloupe person, but I found this drink to be the right amount of sweet for a cocktailšŸø

I wish I had thought about showing a comparison on how big these shrimp were.

I have never seen shrimp this big! I thought they were lobster at first. Amazing!

I'm a big fan of Tun and this roll didn't disappoint.

There was a nice kick in the roll, spicing it up.

This melt in your mouth Tenderloin was delicious.

Easy to cut with your fork and the mashed potatoes were equally as good.

By now it was hard to pick out a favorite. I really enjoyed everything I tried.

I think the Chilean Sea Bass may have been my favorite. The Szechuan Green Beans were the perfect side dish to compliment the fish.

This was my first experience trying any of the Talk of the Town dishes. I discovered that a few of their restaurants offer a great Happy Hour all week too. Can't beat that.

Talk of the Town Restaurant Group is partnering with Hello! Florida Destination Management to benefit the Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund. This fund enables Orange County Public School children who are experiencing poverty or homelessness to attend STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused field trips at no cost. In the past two years, Hello! Florida has sent over 1,200 local children on fun, educational school field trips that they would not otherwise have been able to afford. All proceeds from the “Round Up for Charity” program in August will be donated to the Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund.

I'm impressed with the food and equally impressed at their charitable giving. It says a lot about a company that gives back to the community. Their August charity is dear to my heart. I have school children and I know there are many in the school that can't afford to go on field trips. I can't imagine being left out. I hope you will consider dining at a Talk of the Town restaurant and round up to make a difference in our community.

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To learn more about Talk of the Town Restaurant Group Foundation, visit www.TalkoftheTownRestaurants.org

~ Kelli
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Editor's Note: I was invited as a guest to try the menu. All opinions are mine. Please do not use photos without credit.


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