Restaurant Week Takes On New Meaning For Baltimore Homeless, Thanks To This Restaurant Owner

As other restaurant owners prepare to bring in big profits during Baltimore’s 10th annual Restaurant Week, Michael Tabrizi is serving five-star meals to more than 1,000 members of the city’s homeless population. Tabrizi’s is an elegant Mediterranean restaurant by the harbor and a popular venue for weddings and receptions.

The Inspiration

“It’s more important to promote the welfare of the city and its residents rather than to promote the business,” Tabrizi told Baltimore Magazine while he planned the event. The idea for a Homeless Restaurant Week came to the restaurant owner after briefly speaking with a homeless individual in the city. He invited the person to visit Tabrizi’s and then made a personal commitment to feed 1,000 displaced people, according to RT.

The Details

The first Homeless Restaurant Week took place each afternoon and evening between July 20 and July 25, 2015 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. No other restaurants in the Baltimore area joined Tabrizi’s in 2015 — but next year may see different results.

The menu featured chicken Cordon Bleu in a creamy sage sauce, spring salad, sparkling apple cider and ice cream in a waffle dish. Baltimore Area Concierge Association provided bus transportation to and from the restaurant, and hundreds of local citizens volunteered their time to help.

The Impact

Tabrizi met his goal of 1,000 plates before the end of day five. Homeless Restaurant week 2015 fed 1,164 mouths by the end of the sixth day, according to Tabrizi’s Facebook page. “It’s a good thing for the hearts of the people, no matter what religion or creed. It’s a good move,” one diner told RT. The event moved everyone who participated and was particularly meaningful to Tabrizi.In 2013, 17.5 million American households experienced food shortages and hunger problems. These issues are evident in every county within the United States and threatens children as well as seniors. Do your part to put an end to hunger by joining Operation Sandwich.

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