Speaking of charitable causes, my favorite charity in town is trying to raise some more money in a food-related event, and I certainly support anything that Homeward Bound Golden Retriever rescue is doing.
On Nov. 5 from 5-10 p.m., Chevy's on the River, 1369 Garden Highway (near I-5) will donate 25 percent of the proceeds from your food bill to Homeward Bound. All you have to do is print out a flyer and present it to your server so this great dog rescue group gets credit. The flyer is available here.
About four years ago, I adopted a disabled golden retriever from Homeward Bound after my incredible 11-year-old golden retriever and best friend, Henry, died of bone cancer. I didn't want to replace Henry - I wanted to honor him by helping another dog. Now we have a goofy, sweet, wobbly coffee-table of a dog named Macy, along with two mixed breed dogs.
Homeward Bound, in my estimation, must be considered one of the greatest dog rescue groups in the nation. It takes in and adopts out goldens, mixes and, through the years, just about any ol' dog that needs help. It's run by Jim and Jody Jones, a team of volunteers, and relies on money raised through donations. The primary fund-raiser is the annual Kibbles & Bids gala, which I attended a few weeks ago and noticed several local restaurants were there serving food, including Lucca, Bandera, Zinfandel Grille, Chevy's, Dos Coyotes, and Andy Nguyen. The event has become a must-attend shin-dig on the social calendar.