25th Anniversary of Hope du Jour: Eating out guilt free for a great cause

By Lucy Shaffer-Doherty, Crisis Control Ministry’s PR & Marketing Coordinator

May 5th marked the 25th Annual Hope du Jour community event, sponsored by Crisis Control Ministry and participating restaurants in Forsyth County. The all-day event across the county gives restaurants the opportunity to generously donate 10% of their day’s sales to Crisis Control Ministry to fight hunger locally. From restaurants who have been with Hope du Jour since Day 1 in 1990, such as Midtown Café & Dessertery and Ryan’s Steakhouse to restaurants who are new in 2015 such as Kerner Café in Kernersville Medical Center and Di’Lisio’s in Downtown Winston-Salem,  a mixing of old and new was the winning combination for Hope du Jour 2015.

Corey Miller, Crisis Control Ministry’s Director of Philanthropy remarked that, “This year has been especially meaningful, as we celebrated our 25th Hope du Jour! We could not have made it for so long without the tremendous support from our partner restaurants, some of whom have been with us from the beginning. The other amazing part is, of course, the individuals who choose to support people in need through dining out for a good cause. We give thanks for 25 years and a total of almost $1 million raised to support people in need in Forsyth County.”

 74ff-WB-2-SFWFor the last 25 years, faithful diners use this “guilt-free” eating out day as a fun excuse to hold a breakfast meeting, a girl’s night or simply taking out the kid’s for ice cream after the game. Hope du Jour offers fun, food and fellowship while simultaneously giving back to the community. Dining out for Hope du Jour can be an all-day event with restaurants offering breakfast, a coffee stop, brunch, lunch, dinner, appetizers, drinks, desert and almost anything else you could imagine. When dining out for Hope du Jour, you are doing much more that grabbing a bite with your family or co-workers, you are helping your neighbors in crisis. This year, there were 130 participating Forsyth County restaurants.  

A delectable combination of loyal restaurants who participate in this event annually coupled with our devoted Sponsors, who without them, Hope du Jour would not be nearly as successful. Crisis Control Ministry would like to extend a special thank-you to Wall Babcock, LLP, our Executive Chef Level Sponsor for Hope du Jour. Their sponsorship, along with the many others, allows the total donation amounts to go directly to Crisis Control Ministry.

74ff-Judie-and-Ellen-at-O'so's-SFWOn April 28th, Crisis Control Ministry, in conjunction with 8 Hope du Jour participating Restaurants, hosted a Kick-Off Celebration for the 25th Anniversary. Café Gelato, Grecian Corner, Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant, Honky Tonk Smokehouse, Low Price Mart & The Grill, Jeffrey Adams, Forsyth Seafood & Café and Southern Smoke Eatery & Tavern provided “tastes of the town” to guests in attendance to sample before deciding where to go on the big day. Jennifer Johnson, Special Events Coordinator with Southern Smoke Eatery & Tavern said, “What a great event for a great cause! We appreciate the opportunity to be able to serve our community in different ways. ”

Two of the three founders and originators of Hope du Jour were in attendance at the Kick-Off event to share their beliefs regarding what truly makes this event such a success year after year. “We are in the business of feeding families – families feeding families.” – Murphy Gregg, Owner of Downtown Diamondback and Diamondback Grill stated. Also present was Candide Jones, former writer for the Winston-Salem Journal, who remarked on how, “Gregg is one of the prime examples of you doing well and doing good!” From veteran participants to those joining the ranks for the first time,the are a variety of restaurants to choose from. O’Brien’s Deli Owner, Josh Liebman stated that, “This being our first year participating in Hope du Jour, we are extremely excited to be able to join this community-long tradition for such a great cause.”

To culminate the day of Hope du Jour, Crisis Control Ministry’s Millennial Committee hosted a Mexican- themed event on May 5th to celebrate Hope du Jour and Cinco de Mayo. Over 125 people were present at this event at The Porch Kitchen and Cantina in Winston-Salem. Crisis Control’s Millennial Committee’s vision statement is “Leading the mobilization of young adults in Forsyth County to give help and hope to members of their own generation who are facing poverty.” Raleigh Hege, a millennial and a Nursing School Senior at Winston-Salem State University exclaimed, “I had such an awesome time at The Porch! It’s really nice being able to go out and have fun while helping to promote such a great cause.”

Crisis Control Ministry reaches 1 in 25 people in Winston-Salem and 1 in 20 in Kernersville with the services offered, equating to over 21,000 people who received assistance in 2014.

Please consider donating a ‘Second Helping” for Hope du Jour! When you visit us on our website at www.crisiscontrol.org , click on the word “Donate” and select the button for Hope du Jour Second Helping. Thank you in advance for going the “Second Mile”!

For more information about how to get involved in Hope du Jour 2016, please visit www.hopedujour.org , “like” us on Facebook and “follow” Crisis Control Ministry on Twitter via our handle @CCMforsyth.


  1. Judie Holcomb-Pack and Ellen Dudley enjoyed lunch at O’So Eats
  2. Millennial Event at The Porch, (from left to right) Corey Miller, Raleigh Hege, Rachel Laird, Raymond Doherty, Sara Bell and Brooke Brown
  3. Winston-Salem Dash Staff spent the afternoon enjoying lunch at Foothills Brewing while supporting Hope du Jour