This September, Il Fornaio Gives Back

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Non-profits share profits of Italian restaurants this September. Il Fornaio restaurants to donate a percentage of profits to local, national and international charities, including FareStart in Seattle, Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out and the Italian Red Cross's Abruzzo Earthquake Relief Fund.

It's harvest time for farmers and vintners, time to reap the bounty of another year's effort. But the past few seasons have been unbelievably tough for too many people, more about shrinking rather than growing.

And critical charity organizations that serve the neediest and hardest-hit are seeing their resources shrink like never before. So this September, Il Fornaio is renewing its dedication to giving back to those who need it most, in our communities, nationally and around the world.

Starting with their monthly Festa Regionale celebration that begins September 7th, all 20 Il Fornaio restaurants will be spotlighting the food and wine of Abruzzo, the region that was devastated earlier this year by a massive earthquake.

To help those still trying to pick up the pieces, Il Fornaio will be donating 10% of the profits from the entire regional menu from Monday September 7th through Sunday September 20th to the Italian Red Cross Abruzzo Earthquake Relief Fund. Enjoy this special menu created by Abruzzo native Giuseppe Naccarelli, and you'll help rebuild this special region.

Following Abruzzo, Il Fornaio will be participating in Share Our Strength's "Great American Dine Out". Il Fornaio will be donating a portion of the profits from Sunday September 20 through September 26th to help combat childhood hunger here in the US.

Focusing on our neighborhood, Il Fornaio in Seattle is thrilled to again be participating in FareStart's Guest Chef Night on Thursday, September 24 from 6-8 PM at their restaurant. Chef-Partner Franz Junga and the FareStart students will prepare a wonderful three-course Italian meal. All proceeds from the evening go directly back into the program to support the FareStart job training and placement programs for homeless and disadvantaged individuals in Seattle.

So dining at Il Fornaio this September is more than simply delicious. It's a way to the help those who need it most this harvest season.

Il Fornaio, which means "the baker" in Italian, was founded in Italy in 1972 and operates 22 full-service Italian restaurants in California, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas and Virginia that serve creatively prepared, premium-quality Italian cuisine based on authentic regional Italian recipes. The restaurants house retail markets offering Il Fornaio's unique baked goods, prepared foods and a variety of Il Fornaio-brand products. Il Fornaio also operates two wholesale bakeries producing more than 100 varieties of fresh breads, hand-made pastries and other high quality baked goods for sale at their own locations and to grocery stores, coffee retailers, hotels and other fine restaurants across the United States. For more information, visit http://www.ilfornaio.com.

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