Kuniko’s partners with Table for Two
The menu at Kuniko’s Teriyaki Grill is now a little different because it’s helping those in need worldwide.
Table for Two, an organization dedicated to fighting hunger and obesity, has partnered with participating restaurants to approve healthy meal options. When these pre-set menu options are ordered, a $.25 donation is made to help pay for school lunches in Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.
Rie Pruitt, owner of Kuniko’s, said her brother in Japan told her about the Table for Two program. After researching TFT, Pruitt felt that the program would be beneficial.
“It was something I wanted to do for a long time, but I didn’t know what to do,” Pruitt said.
Kuniko’s, 1133 Patterson next to the Ale House, is the first restaurant in Colorado to establish a Table for Two program. Pruitt said she is proud of this accomplishment, but hopes to see expansion of the program throughout the state.
The TFT menu items debuted at Kuniko’s on Tuesday, June 4. Pruitt is excited to feature healthier items on her menu. So far, customers have had mixed feelings about the new items, but Pruitt said that starting the program was better than doing nothing at all.
“It’s good for the kids, but good for us here, too. Even fast food has healthier menu items – it’s the latest fashion to have healthier foods,” Pruitt said.
Because of the Table for Two guidelines, Pruitt created some new meals, but also adjusted popular meals making them healthier.
The program allows for Pruitt to advocate against wastefulness, as well. She said she noticed that customers weren’t always finishing their meals. She thought that a program like this would raise awareness.
“I noticed people waste so much. I hope that people can realize this and apply it… We are very spoiled here [in the U.S.],” Pruitt said.