More Local Restaurants in Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out Sept. 21-28

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 Marigrills in Nanuet sent this press release over:

MARIGRILLS  joins Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out™
presented by American Express from September 21 – 28, 2008
New historic initiative will end childhood hunger in America

Nanuet, NY — September 19, 2008 — Marigrills Restaurant, a fast-casual restaurant that emphasized fresh, grilled healthy menu selections, is doing its part to ensure no child in America grows up hungry. Marigrills joins Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out™ presented by American Express as a participating restaurant. This new annual event is designed to rally the nation’s entire restaurant industry and encourage millions of consumers to dine out to end childhood hunger in America.

“One in every six children in America suffers from uncertain access to the healthy, nutritious foods they need to avoid the lifelong and devastating consequences of hunger,” said Billy Shore, founder of Share Our Strength. “We are in striking distance of ending childhood hunger by institutionalizing what we know has worked, and by joining forces together we can make this vision a reality.”

“Share Our Strength is a great organization.  I have participated several times in the Taste of the Nation events with my previous catering company in Florida and now that I am a small business owner I wanted to try to give something back” says Marigrills Chef/Owner Andy Sarkisian.

Restaurants can participate in the Great American Dine Out in a variety of ways including donating a percentage of sales during the week, promoting a new menu item, collecting donations from guests and/or employees and more.

MARIGRILLS  will donate a portion of their sales during September 21-28 and also offer guests a chance to win a free Marigrills gift card if they eat at the restaurant at least two times during the week of September 21-28.

Thousands of restaurants are already participating in the Great American Dine Out, and more are joining daily. The Great American Dine Out is endorsed by many of the country’s top chefs including Chefs Thomas Keller, Mary Sue Milliken and Tom Collichio and industry executives Danny Meyer, Phil Friedman, Sally Smith and Wally Doolin. Food Network Star and host of the hit TV series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri, has stepped up to serve as the national spokesperson.

The Great American Dine Out is presented by American Express.  Founding national sponsors are SYSCO Corporation, San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. Founding national partners are Food Network, etools, National Restaurant Association, Nation’s Restaurant News and OpenTable. Founding promotional partners are Fishbowl Marketing, The People Report and the Elliot Group.

For more information about Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out, please visit www.greatamericandineout.org or contact Jessie Sherrer at jsherrer@strength.org or 202.478.6505.

MARIGRILLS is located at 402 Nanuet Mall South (just s. of Macy’s at Nanuet Mall & next to Diamond Jim’s Billiards), Nanuet.  Phone number is 845.735.8661.  Website at www.marigrills.com.

About Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength® is a national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger, and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.  We work with the culinary industry to create engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation®, Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale®, Share Our Strength’s A Tasteful Pursuit®, Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out™, and Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline®. For more information, please visit www.strength.org.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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