KANSAS CITY, MO—Continuing a long tradition of giving back to its surrounding community, organizers of KC’s premier dining event recently announced that the 2022 Kansas City Restaurant Week raised more than $115,000 for featured beneficiary Guadalupe Centers. Additionally, local charity organization Cornerstones of Care has been named the featured beneficiary of the 14th Annual KC Restaurant Week, slated for Jan. 13-22, 2023, for which restaurant registration is now underway. Sysco returns as the presenting sponsor for a sixth-consecutive year.
As part of Restaurant Week, participating restaurants pledge 10 percent of all menu sales to a rotating stable of charities. Through the generosity of Kansas City restaurants and their diners, more than $3.3 million has been raised for local causes in KCRW’s 13-year history. Nearly 200 restaurants participated in the January 2022 event.
As the largest Hispanic organization in Kansas City since 1919, Guadalupe Centers serves more than 12,000 men, women and children each year through its various programs and has continuously evolved to meet the needs of families in crisis and those striving to contribute to the metro area’s success.
“Guadalupe Centers is deeply grateful for being this year’s recipient of the KC Restaurant Week proceeds,” said Chief Executive Officer Beto Lopez. “This will allow us to continue to grow our catering services which helps provide fresh and nutritious meals to underserved individuals and families throughout the Kansas City region.”
Cornerstones of Care
As the 2023 featured beneficiary, Cornerstones of Care leverages decades of expertise to provide an array of quality prevention, treatment and support services to children and families who have typically experienced significant trauma. The organization’s 700+ trained professionals practice a certified trauma-informed model to identify, address, treat and monitor a variety of behavioral healthcare needs to provide safety and health to more than 15,000 children and families in three key service areas: youth/family support, foster care/adoption and community education/training. The 2023 KC Restaurant Week funds will intentionally address workforce development through culinary education.
“We are honored that Cornerstones of Care’s Build Trybe culinary program has been selected as the beneficiary for 2023 Kansas City Restaurant Week,” said President and CEO Merideth Rose. “Our mission is to build safe and healthy communities, and we’re proud to benefit from Kansas City’s strong restaurant community. We are eager to educate the next generation of culinary artists through Build Trybe’s program.”
Returning as presenting sponsor, Sysco is a global company that sells, markets and distributes food products, equipment and supplies to restaurant, healthcare and educational facilities, as well as lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. The company operates approximately 300 global distribution facilities, serving approximately 500,000 customer locations. Sysco’s Kansas City operating company is based in Olathe, KS.
KCRW restaurant registration is free with membership to Visit KC or GKCRA. Interested local businesses can learn more about the event and how to sign up at KCRestaurantWeek.com/register.
2023 Kansas City Restaurant Week Sponsors
Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association
J. Rieger & Co.
Country Club Plaza
Excel Linen Supply
Block & Company, Inc.
About Kansas City Restaurant Week
Kansas City Restaurant Week (KCRW) is KC’s premier dining event founded by the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association and Visit KC in an effort to support the regional restaurant community. 2023 marks the 14th-consecutive year for the 10-day dining event, spotlighting KC as one of the country's premier dining and vacationing destinations. Each year, KCRW partners with local charities to raise funds for deserving causes. In 2022, restaurants boosted the event’s 13-year charitable total to more than $3.3 million. For more information, visit KCRestaurantWeek.com or join the conversation online at #KCRW2023.