If you feel inclined to support Texas ranchers, farmers and food banks, then you should find a date, dust them off a bit and take them out to a nice dinner this week for the GoTexan Restaurant Round-Up.
The GoTexan program, which is facilitated by the Texas Department of Agriculture, brings farmers, ranchers, winemakers and whole bunch of other makers together with restaurants (well, that's part of what they do anyway). According to the DofA, a restaurant that sports the GoTexan mark has committed to sourcing at least some of its produce from state sources and pledges to try to source more.
The department's role is sort of that of middleman bringing farmers and ranchers together through a large network/database of restaurants looking for fresh local goods. Which, in my experience in talking to chef is a consistent problem. While they would often like to use local resources, there's not any single place that coordinates that effort. To which the Ag Department said, "Send them to us."
For this week, a portion of proceeds from restaurants that participate in the GoTexan program will be donated to the Texas Food Bank Network. Some have special menus for this week, but it's not like Dallas Restaurant week where there's a special price and tasting menu necessarily. The essence of the program is to support Texas agriculture and food banks.
Below is a list of restaurants that are participating locally.
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Mimi's Café Pappadeaux Pappasito's Potager Café Hard Eight Cousin's in Crowley Battuto Italian Kitchen Café 43 at the Bush Presidential Center Canary by Gorji Centinnial Café Chamberlains City Place Club DISH GRAIN Jack's Chow Hound Food Truck Liberty Burger Mercat Bistro Ruthie's Rolling Café Saint Ann Smoke Zio Cecio The Pickle Shack in Garland (who knew?) FM Smokehouse La Buena Vida Vineyards