Charlottesville Restaurant Week to Benefit Boys & Girls Club

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This week you have a chance to dine out at a discount, all for a  good cause.

Starting on Monday, you can dine at some of Charlottesville's most popular spots at fixed discounted rates. A dollar from each meal goes to charity, and this time around part of the cash is going to some young chefs.

This is the first time the Boys & Girls Club is the beneficiary of Restaurant Week. The money will go to programs like a cooking class taught in partnership with the PB&J Fund.

Before Restaurant Week, Tommy Lasley, the executive chef at Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar, met up with some kids from the Boys & Girls Club for a special class. He said he's a big proponent of healthy cooking and getting children engaged in the kitchen.

"That's kind of how I got my background, was cooking at a young age with my mom in the kitchen and I like to keep kids involved," Lasley said. "I enjoy the enthusiasm they show."

The young chefs were excited to learn from a professional.

"I've never cooked with a chef before and it's kind of fun to see what they do in a restaurant," said Savanna Bowen, a Boys & Girls club member. 

Lasley taught the kids how to make macaroni and cheese.

"I just love being able to show my craft to the kids and hopefully inspire a new generation of chefs to come," Lasley said.

This week, spending a little cash on fine dining is helping these young students around the kitchen.

"You can feel great going out and supporting these local restaurants and at the same time supporting as meaningful as the Boys and Girls Club," said James Pierce, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club. 

Restaurant Week runs from Monday through Sunday. The three course meals cost $16, $26, or $36 dollars.

For a list of participating restaurants and menus, click here. 

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