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Your local Catholic church isn't the only place to get a good meal while contributing to a good cause during Lent, the 40-day period when Christians fast, pray and do penance in preparation for Easter.
More than two dozen restaurants at 58 locations through the Pittsburgh area are once again partnering with Catholic Charities to raise money for the social service agency's charitable programs.
It's called "Get Hooked on a Great Cause," and all you have to do to participate in the second-annual event is dine at one of the partner restaurants any time through April 17, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the charity.
How much depends on where you eat and what you order: 1810 Tavern in Bridgeville, for example, will donate $5 for every "Catch of the Day" sold during Lent, while Bob Evans will contribute 15 percent of the total food bill (dine in and carry out) on Fridays for anyone who shows one of the chain's campaign flyers, which will be distributed in restaurants throughout the week.
The list of eateries is long and varied, with inexpensive chains such as Qdoba and Boston Market showing their charitable sides along with more upscale restaurants such as The Carlton, Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille and Sonoma Grille.
For restaurant locations and updates, go to ccpgh.org or call 412-456-6969. Programs benefitted include homeless outreach, emergency financial and utility bill assistance and senior services.
Gretchen McKay: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1419 or on Twitter @gtmckay.