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Local companies gear up for Gwinnett Restaurant Week

Local companies gear up for Gwinnett Restaurant Week

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Returning for the sixth year, Gwinnett Restaurant Week is scheduled for the week of July 22 - 25.

During those days, foodies can visit a participating restaurant of their choice and select a three-course meal that will cost $21.21 per person. Tax and gratuity are an additional charge. During that week, Gwinnett can easily showcase some of its top eateries, as this year's diners do not have to present coupons or carry punch cards. 

To take part in restaurant week, patrons should call the restaurant directly to make a reservation. 

The Gwinnett Restaurant Week website has a list of restaurants included

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Free pancakes at IHOP to help Children's Miracle Network Hospital

Free pancakes at IHOP to help Children's Miracle Network Hospital

(WXIA) -- In an effort to raise $3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and celebrate National Pancake Day, IHOP Restaurants will give out free pancakes to all guests on Tuesday, February 5.

This day will also mark the 30th anniversary of the Children's Miracle Network Hospital, as reported by a spokeswoman for IHOP.  National Pancake Day is recognized as IHOP's largest philanthropic event of the year, with more than 1,500 restaurants taking part. IHOP hopes that reaching the $3 million goal will be the ideal kick off to 2013 fundraising for the CMNH.

The spokeswoman said IHOP restaurants will give a complimentary stack of buttermilk pancakes to all guests from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. At the same time, they hope guests will make donations to CMNH. All proceeds will be put towards helping CMNH and other local charities to bring vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care to sick and injured children.

Outback Steakhouse donates meals to local seniors

Outback Steakhouse donates meals to local seniors

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Nearly 400 Gwinnett County seniors will receive free meals Wednesday from Outback Steakhouse.

The restaurant on Celebration Boulevard in Suwanee is donating meals of grilled steak and chicken, vegetables, mashed potatoes and bread to Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services.

The charity lunch is part of the steakhouse chain's Outback at Work program. Wednesday's meals will be prepared at 9:30 a.m. and then delivered to seniors across Gwinnett County.

Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services provides financial support to the county's senior programs. About 150,000 seniors benefit from annual events like the Outback meal giveaway.

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

ATLANTA -- From the mountains to the metro and beyond, customers flooded Chick-fil-A restaurants to show their support on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday.

Check out the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day photo gallery to see pictures of the crowds at your hometown Chick-fil-A.

Send any Appreciation Day photos to photos@11alive.com.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Nominate a great teacher for free Pollo Tropical for a year

Nominate a great teacher for free Pollo Tropical for a year

ATLANTA -- Two metro Atlanta teachers will soon have the opportunity to receive free food from Pollo Tropical for a year.

The Pollo Tropical Teachers of the Year movement rewards great local teachers for making a daily difference in the lives of students.

"Pollo Tropical and its Teachers of the Year campaign honors and rewards teachers and active schools, parents and students," Kim Miller, vice president of marketing and communications for Pollo Tropical, said in a statement. "We hope all of our customers join us in celebrating our teachers and enjoying a well-deserved reward."

One teacher each from Cobb and Gwinnett counties will earn the honor this year. To win, a teacher must be nominated by students and parents.