Foodies can dine to their hearts’ content while helping youth programs at the Chandler Center for the Arts during its Eat Your Art Out Chandler all day Tuesday, February 28.
Restaurants help by donating a percentage of their proceeds to the Chandler Center for the Arts on that day. Patrons can help by eating at one or more of the participating restaurants.
Funds from Eat Your Art Out Chandler support various programs at the center, including headline entertainment, the Free Summer Concert Series and the Connecting Kidz programs. It is the venue’s signature fundraiser.
“The generosity of all these restaurants make it possible,” says Michelle Mac Lennan, the venue’s general manager. “They’re writing the checks. The goal is to have restaurants filled to capacity the whole time, so they’re getting business they may not have gotten otherwise.
“We have volunteers, ambassadors, who work the restaurants and talk with people at night. We encourage reading groups or meet-up groups to have their club meetings at one of the restaurants.”
With the center for 17 years, Mac Lennan calls Eat Your Art Out a “communitywide effort among volunteers and restaurants to build our community’s art center.”
The participating restaurants are:
Breakfast: Crisp Greens
Lunch: California Pizza Kitchen—Chandler; Crisp Greens; Crust—Chandler, Floridino’s, The Living Room, Nando’s Mexican Café, Peckish Prep, Rock Lobster, La Sala Tequila Cantina, San Tan Brewing Co. and Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant.
Dinner: Bourbon Jack’s Bar & Grill; Brickyard Downtown; CHoP Chandler; Crisp Greens; Floridino’s; The Living Room; Nando’s Mexican Café; Rock Lobster; La Sala Tequila Cantina; Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant and Stone + Vine Urban Italian.
Julia Marreel is an investor in The Living Room, La Sala Tequila Cantina, Rock Lobster: Teppan Grill and CHoP. A Chandler resident since 1980, she serves on the Chandler Center for the Arts Foundation Board.
“It’s been a win-win for both organizations—the restaurants and foundation board—raising awareness for the Chandler Center for the Arts,” Marreel says.
Youth learn the ins and outs of theater through the Chandler Center for the Arts’ kids’ programs.
“It’s a complete growth program during which they learn all the aspects of the entertainment world—marketing, how to present themselves, behind the scenes, up on stage,” Marreel says.
“I love that part that it’s for kids. I think the restaurants enjoy it. They get new customers. I’ll walk around and thank people for stopping by. If they’re unfamiliar, I’ll have collateral information with me. It’s really fun and rewarding at the same time.”
For more information about Eat Your Art Out, visit http://bit.ly/2kilF5V.