By Bonnie Walker
Posted on15 July 2009.
The second annual Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up, a state-wide dine out, kicks off Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 2.
Todd Staples, Texas agriculture commissioner, wants chefs and restaurateurs who buy Texas products to sign up now. Turing the week-long event, consumers around the state will be encouraged to dine out in support of local chefs and Texas farmers and ranchers. Restaurateurs will offer special Texas menu items, a food and wine pairing, or Texas wines.
"The Go-Texan Restaurant Round-Up celebrates restaurants across Texas that care about serving the freshest local ingredients," says Staples. "Consumers enjoy buying locally grown products, and the Go Texan Restaurant Program is a great opportunity for chefs to highlight those Texas items and encourage consumers to dine out in support of local restaurants and producers."
Launched in January 2008, the Go Texan Restaurant Program comprises more than 330 establishments across the state. To qualify, restaurants must be located in Texas and sell Texas products. A portion of the proceeds from sales during the week will benefit local food banks. The event also kicks off Texas Wine Month in October.
Restaurateurs who are interested in participating should visit www.gotexan.org/restaurantroundup