The Good Table 2010

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Last night was the biggest fundraiser of the year for Lanakila Pacific’s Meals on Wheels, an event called The Good Table. It’s different because instead of having one event in one spot like most other organizations, Lanakila Pacific enlists the kokua of our local restaurants. On one specific night, these generous businesses donate a special, creative, upscale dinner for a table for four (sometimes, more than one table), with all the proceeds going to Lanakila’s Meals on Wheels program. (Here’s how it works, if you want to bid next year.)

Last year, after running around taking photos at all the restaurants, Ed Morita and I saw what the people were eating and decided that we’d buy a table next time. Usually you have to bid on a table, Priceline-style, but we bought a table at Doraku outright when they opened up a second table. Here’s how dinner went:

The Good Table 2010 ~ Doraku

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When we arrived, the table had Big Island Candies and a grow-your-own Manoa lettuce kit as favors. Since The Good Table logo is orange, they try to tie the color in.

If you want to see all the photos from all of last night’s tables, click here. Last year, The Good Table raised more than $160,000, which translates into 21,300 meals for Hawaii’s homebound seniors. I don’t know yet what the numbers are for this year’s event, but I know they outperformed 2009.

Mahalo to the restaurants who participated this year — your support was phenomenal, and I’m looking forward to great things next year! Here’s a quick and uplifting video that promotes Lanakila Pacific’s vision to wipe out senior hunger by 2020.

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