Gay-friendly restaurateur Bambara has received a top honor from the National Restaurant Association in recognition of its support for a number of community organizations, including its annual Red Party to benefit the Utah AIDS Foundation.
The organization, which champions roughly 380,000 restaurants and hospitality-related businesses throughout the country, chose Bambara as the Utah winner of its Restaurant Neighbor award earlier this month. The award recognizes a restaurant that seeks to support its local community through philanthropic activities.
In addition to its annual Red Party, held near World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) to benefit the Utah AIDS Foundation’s programming and services, Bambara regularly holds fund raising galas for a number of other organizations. These include The Trust for Public Land and Dress for Success, a program that seeks to provide low income women entering the workforce with work and interview-appropriate clothing. Further, the restaurant’s staff is involved with a number of environmentally and socially conscious food groups, such as Slow Food Utah and the Downtown Farmers Market. Through its parent company Kimpton Hotel’s EarthCare program, Bambara also strives to use organic and sustainably farmed food and reduce its water consumption.
“Because caring is a way of being at Bambara, last year, in conjunction with Kimpton’s Monaco Salt Lake City, Bambara raised approximately $38,000 dollars in cash donations, and more than $10,000 worth of in-kind donations for various charities,” said Art Cazares, Bambara general manager.
State Restaurant Neighbor award winners are entered into consideration for the National Restaurant Association’s national awards — which come with a $5,000 contribution to the charity of the winner’s choice. The national award winners will be announced Sept. 11.