Tomato Cafe ® in Albuquerque was chosen by the New Mexico Restaurant Association from its approximately 1,000 food-service members to compete for the national Restaurant Neighbor Award.
The program of the National Restaurant Association recognizes food-service establishments for outstanding community service. The program is in its 10th year, and the winner will be announced in Washington, D.C., in September.
“We are honored that Tomato Cafe® is being considered for this prestigious award,” said New Mexico Restaurant Association CEO Carol Wight. “They have made significant contributions to the community through their food donation program with Desert Harvest Food Rescue. Members like the Tomato Cafe ® exemplify the giving nature of restaurateurs who are active supporters of their communities.”
“Restaurants are the cornerstone of local communities across the nation, supporting local and national initiatives, or creating their own programs to make a difference in issues about which they are passionate,” said National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney. “Many restaurants also involve both guests and employees in their efforts to inspire a true sense of community.”
The Tomato Cafe ®, at 5901 Wyoming Blvd. NE,(NEW ADDRESS: 5920 Holly Ave Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 TEL: (505) 821-9300) features an all-you-can-eat buffet with specialty pizzas, pasta and salad. As part of the Desert Harvest Food Rescue Program, it donates all leftover food every day of the year. Since 2002, it has given more than 60,000 pounds of food to the program, which provides it to two homeless shelters in Albuquerque.