Everyone is looking for a way to help in light of the tragic shooting that took place on Thursday night.
Numerous restaurants all over Dallas have come together to answer the call by feeding our officers in blue.
Brian Luscher, owner of Luscher’s Red Hots and the Grape, started making phone calls to fellow chefs and caterers Friday morning at 7 a.m. His goal is to deliver lunch and dinner for 100 to the Dallas Police Department.
“I’ve got so many people calling and offering to help,” Luscher said. Dallas Observer reported boxes piled up: Pizzas from Cane Rosso. Box lunches from Unleavened Fresh Kitchen. Water and fruit from Chefs Produce. Disposable plates and utensils from Ace Mart Restaurant Supply. Hot dogs from Luscher’s. Water and tacos from Good 2 Go Taco. Comfort food from Two Sisters. Bread and cookies from Village Baking Co. Chefs like Mynetta Cockerell and Katherine Clapner come and go from Luscher’s Red Hots, offering extra sets of hands.
“Hopes and prayers, that’s nice, you can do that, but I fix problems and get shit done,” Luscher said. “That’s what chefs are good at.”
The teams delivered lunch around 11:30 a.m., Luscher and more volunteers will deliver food this evening.
“We wanted to do something — we’ve got cops who eat with us five, six days a week,” said Jonathan Stirnweis, executive chef and general manager at Two Sisters Catering. “They’re family. We need to do something and food is what we know how to do.”
Braindead Brewing is also offering free food and drinks for Dallas police.
“The police did their job last night. Today it’s our turn to do ours,” reads a post on Braindead’s Facebook profile. “Any police in uniform can come on down for a free lunch on us. If you worked all night and changed clothes already, some proper ID will do just fine. Lunch, house beers, dinner, whatever ya want. Thanks for doing what you do.”
The Hard Rock Cafe has jumped in offering free lunch and dinner to any Dallas or DART officer, according to a news release. According to a Facebook post o Texas Ale Project’s page, they are offering free beer to all first responders this weekend, and 20 percent of all beer sales at the brewery will go to families of the fallen officers.
Larger fundraisers are also being planned as Katherine Clapner from Dude, Sweet Chocolate is working with Sharon Van Meter to organize a family-style fundraiser July 31 in Trinity Groves.