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FPODC Restaurants Serving Our Communities

DC restaurants play a vital role in our communities. They are neighborhood gathering places where people celebrate special moments or milestones, and meeting places to catch up with neighbors and friends. 

These community pillars serve much more than just food and drink. Giving back is part of the fabric of DC area restaurants. Our owners, operators, chefs and other staff engage with charities large and small, whether through donations, participating in events, or mentoring youth and others within a positive learning environment.

This support makes an impact.

Take Rocklands BBQ, a popular restaurant with locations in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Over the years, Rocklands has supported dozens of civic, non-profit and educational organizations. The restaurant also regularly donates gift certificates to area schools, giving more than 100 in 2014 alone.

Ris Lacoste, Chef and Owner of Ris, provides another example of how DC chefs take giving back seriously.  Ris has been involved with countless philanthropic endeavors, including with local charities like the Rock Creek Conservancy and S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) as well as national causes like the March of Dimes and “Camp CEO,” where Ris teaches cooking skills to Girl Scouts.

Some DC area restaurants even operate their own charities, like the Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, operated by the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl. The restaurant has been a DC community landmark since its founding in 1958.

Below you can see just some of the charities and philanthropic activities DC’s restaurant community are involved with.  


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