Trident United Way to benefit from Charleston Restaurant Week

Mussels served at Amen Street, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Paul Zoeller/Staff

Restaurant Week is notoriously not a great deal for diners, but Trident United Way is striving to make the event a good deal for area schoolchildren.

Through its Plates for a Purpose program, the agency will collect $1 from nine Charleston restaurants for every prix-fixe meal sold during Charleston Restaurant Week, starting today and running through Sept. 20. That means if a diner orders fried chicken skins; plancha-seared scallops and affogato at Stars, or sweet chili calamari; sous vide lobster tail and chocolate truffle cake at Fish, the restaurants will in turn donate $1 to United Way’s Links to Success Initiative.

The initiative underwrites food, healthcare and counseling for at-risk youth, among other services, in hopes of lifting the area’s high school graduation rate.

Trident United Way will track the restaurants’ performance on its website, and award commemorative Le Creuset plates to the top three donors. Participating restaurants are Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar, Fish, Hall’s Chophouse, High Cotton, Leaf, Old Village Post House, Slightly North of Broad, Southend Brewery and Stars Rooftop and Grill Room.

For more information on the program, visit tuw.org/Plates4Purpose. Charleston Restaurant Week menus are posted at charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.