Industry News | May 5, 2009

Aaron McCargo Jr. Helps Restaurants Prep for Great American Dine Out

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In support of Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out, a week-long national event to raise money to end childhood hunger in America being held from Sept. 20–26, Food Network star and Dine Out spokesperson Aaron McCargo Jr. will present several cooking demonstrations at the 2009 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show being held May 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

McCargo will demonstrate several simple and delicious dishes on Sunday, May 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at the National Restaurant Association Booth (Booth No. 6300, North Hall) where he will also be available for photos and autographs. On Monday, May 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., McCargo will conduct a 45-minute demonstration at the Culinary Scene, (Booth No. 2489, South Hall, Level 3) where he will prepare a bold and flavorful dinner: succulent Stuffed Lamb Chops served alongside Lemon Pepper Orzo and Spicy Swiss Chard.

McCargo is national spokesperson for the 2009 Great American Dine Out. The 2008 winner of “The Next Food Network Star” and host of his own Food Network show, Big Daddy’s House, McCargo enjoys family life as a loving husband and father of three children in Southern New Jersey. With a wealth of restaurant and catering experience, McCargo also speaks to area youth about overcoming adversity to achieve personal goals. He was recently honored by the city of Camden (where he was born and raised) for his commitment to service and his amazing success in the food industry.

The 2009 Great American Dine Out takes place in cities across the United States Sept. 20–26. Thousands of restaurants, from coffee shops to fine-dining establishments, will join together to raise funds to help end childhood hunger in America. Millions of consumers play a vital role in this initiative as well; their choice to dine out at participating venues will help feed children across America.

To date, nearly 2,000 restaurants have already signed up for the 2009 Great American Dine Out. Participating restaurants and chefs include: Chef Thomas Keller, Corner Bakery Cafe, Dave & Busters, The Great American Restaurants, Il Fornaio, Lonestar Steakhouse & Saloon and Texas Land & Cattle Steak House, McAlister’s Deli, and Joe’s Crab Shack, among others.

The 2009 Great American Dine Out is sponsored by Sysco, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Ecolab, the Food Network, USA Today, and The National Restaurant Association.

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