I really agree with this article. One of the reasons we started GiftieApp.com was to allow restaurants to refer these requests our way.
Very bummed about this, wish they were staying. As someone who relocated here from SoCal, you are going to miss Charleston...
Left off the best place of all. I will now begrudgingly share it with y'all because I already got all of mine, cleaned them and froze them, all 60 of them. Livingston's Bulls Bay Seafood in McClellanville. Pay the same price that the restaurants do, 4 bucks a crab, don't matter if y'all the big time famous chef or the small time crab eater. I do this every year. I love the Livingston family. Simple Carolina Softshells: Get em alive, bring a cooler, home they go, cut off their mean little mugs, clean em good, blot dry. Wrap in wax paper, them aluminum foil, pop in freezer. When ready, defrost, egg wash, light flour, saut, on to soft white bread and a little of the classic, elegant, condiment found in every good Southern chef's fridge - Dukes, no need for any extra bullshit on these babies. Why ruin a good thing. I'll be eating these in June with the first tomatoes and straight through the summer.
Don't know how you got seven people in Las lupitas. Did you sit in the kitchen?
We've tried now to go on 2 different Sundays around 7 (after church at Blessed Sacrament next door). One Sunday the sign on the door said they were out of food and would reopen the next day. Yesterday (3/26) they were closed again with a sign on the door saying they would reopen Monday. Not in any hurry to try going back :(
James Islanders are tough on restaurants that don't know what they are and jack up the prices on their food like generic King Street burger joints for the touristas. Prime example was the recent closure of Stereo 8, a place with lots of promise but lack focus, so-so food and over priced offerings. It last less than a year.
Hen and Goat take notice
Best fish and chip I've had. I lived in Scotland for 2.5 years and have been all over the UK. Adam knows what he's doing and takes pride in his food. Can't wait to try the pies! Highly recommend and a must visit for anyone to Charleston!
I can relate to both sides my degree is in Hospitality Management and worked in the industry for many years. I have also chaired many charity events. I wouldn't dream of asking any business for a donation unless I was a regular customer. That goes for restaurants and retail alike. I also encouraged my fellow committee members to Do the same. While I can appreciate some of what this woman from the PR firm has to say, a lot of it is crap. First of all a donation of a gift certificate can be beneficial to a restaurant in several ways. First it can introduce the restaurant to customers that may not be familiar with the restaurant. Second a restaurant writes a gift certificate for $100, hard cost to the restaurant is no more than $35, yet they can write off the full amount as a donation. Let's not forget the small business Anthem. Patronize small local restaurants instead of chains because the owners live and work in the community. Money made here stays here. I'm guessing as a PR firm you have sung this song more than once. Well that's how people get the idea to ask a business to give back to the community.
Good points all.
But I do have a suggestion for chefs, restaurants, and other small businesses: don't just wait around for the next freebie request. Have a philanthropy strategy. Know what you want to support and why, then stick to it. Be sure it aligns with your business plan (you have a plan, right?), then create a budget (how much you'd be willing to donate in any one year), then implement the plan. NOW you have a construct for what you will, AND what you won't support, and by how much and how often. This way the next time you have to say, "Sorry, can't do it," it's not because you're just burned out by requests. It's because you ARE doing your part in the community, without putting yourself out of business. Just a thought.
Thanks for this article! so far I only knew of the taco truck, I gotta try all the others :)
I work for a non profit ministry that helps sex trafficking victims and am responsible for marketing and soliciting businesses and churches for contributions. Donations and help from our community are vital to carry out our mission to help the women and children we serve. We do our very best to promote businesses who contribute to our cause. As a new and young organization with very limited funds we have to ask for the help of our local businesses and churches. And to expect something from us in return is not realistic and just wrong. Not all organizations can patronage at every restaurant that offers to help simply because their funds our limited as well. I give of myself and out of pocket to this ministry and other charities because it's the right thing to do and don't have any expectations for anything in return other than to help others. In the article I am hearing "what is in it for me as a business", and how "annoying" it is to receive X amount of request weekly... The bottom line for us, as a non profit, is that without organizations like ours and businesses willing to contribute to our causes, there will be countless women and children who won't get the help they need. So donations are crucial to it's survival. We need to focus more on what the charity stands for and who they will be impacting rather than, what it will do for my business, and my bottom line if I help. Also If restaurants and businesses don't have the money, time or have exhausted their resources they should simply POLITELY decline or ignore the request and leave it at that... Trust me we understand that you can't help everyone! As an organization we too have been asked to help other orgs and have had to respectfully decline some request because we have stretched ourselves thin. We ask for donations because our charities depend on them to live out our mission. And personally speaking we are grateful to all of the businesses that give of themselves so that the people we serve can get the help they need. It's a selfless thing to do. Acalades and profits for your business as a contributor are a bonus, but should always be last of expectations when giving fully of yourselves to help the community and our fellow man. Whether you have a business or not, giving back is what God has called us and purposed us ALL to do! It's everyone's responsibility to help those in need.
No loss. One of the worst meals I ever had. There were 4 of us and we all but one thought terrible. The three desserts were terrible. They served this light green slime under beignets. We tasted it and had no idea what it was. It had a grainy texture. We found out it was " basil creme fraiche". What??? R u kidding me??? God awful. I make my own and know the consistency. That was not creme fraiche. I hope they find a better replacement. Just keep it simple!!! Make a great hamburger for goodness sake!!!
A hotdog on a bun, would be a form of sandwich in my opinion. The dog alone (or weiner) would constitute a meat, similar to other sausage link varieties, and alone, does NOT constitute a sandwich. Glad I could settle that for everyone.
For as long as they took to open, I am not impressed by the menu at all. You know Sweetwater is right down the street, right? And they can do all that waaaay better.
I have been on both sides of this coin... and I find Ms. Postell's article irritating... this isn't "giving freebies to charities" this is supporting non profits that impact YOUR BUSINESS community, this is supporting your base. ...this isn't rocket science; As a business owner, if one doesn't know how to manage expectation or say no after your "giving budget" has been depleted one may need to look at how they are mismanaging other areas of their business equation.
You are being approached because you have made a good name for yourself and the restaurant ... it's the no good deed goes unpunished theory LOL BUT in the best scenario. If you are a desired commodity people will call... I always look at these requests as a compliment ... It takes me one minute to interrupt the caller or reply to the email noting "our charitable giving has been exhausted for this year, so sorry please feel free to email me info regarding your non profit so we can keep you in mind next year". DONE... OR sometimes it presents a magical opportunity to engage regions the business is not usually represented in. We have found our selection of charitable giving is a marketing strategy that is a win win for all involved
Thanks for the clue about the music. We won't go anywhere in Charleston where the music is loud and annoying...that eliminates FAR too many restsurantd. What a mistake!
She wrote that post for her client and used it to defend herself. Grotesque for a PR agent. A huge disservice to her clients, and an embarrassment to the professional marketing and publicity field. Don't think this of all of us. We're charitable and we give, along with our clients, however we can, and decline when we can't. We don't eviscerate charities (of all things) in the paper, and we don't use our clients names in ill-conceived attempts to bring attention to ourselves. Word to the wise: *Never* use publicists whose first concern is publicizing themselves.
The ultimate slap in the face must be having to throw your self-aggrandizing self under the bus WHILE pretending to comment AS YOUR CLIENT, whose reputation you just destroyed.
Only one question for this person: Have you no decency? I'll accept Aaron Siegal's answer as yours since you're hiding behind his handle.
As a business owner, I never give donations in response to a letter or an email. I find it much harder to say no to someone in person.
Another "no-no" is for the person who asked for the donation to be the person redeeming the donation. I've seen this happen twice and it's just plain tacky even IF you "won" it fair and square in the silent auction.
unfortunate she wrote this article... looking through the likes/dislikes I think people have spoken. Even with the kudos from clients/former clients she made a mistake publishing this article. A professional would call this "crisis management".
Perhaps the idea that every government program helping the arts of the needed should have its funding eliminated needs to go. No, we can't do it all with volunteers and donations. If you want a civilized community, basic needs should be met by programs everyone contributes to. The portion of the business community and population that is willing to give shouldn't be expected to insulate those who don't care from stepping over cold bodies on the sidewalk in the morning.
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