Salute’s Thanksgiving is set to be great as ever

Press release below:


For Immediate Release                                                                                November 21, 2012

East Bay Italian restaurant continues tradition of serving full course Thanksgiving Dinner to homeless and low-income families
Attendance expected to double from last year

Date: Thursday, November 22, 2012

Times: 10 a.m. (1st Seating) & 12:30 noon (2nd Seating)

Location:  Salute E Vita Ristorante, 1900 Esplanade, Richmond CA

(Richmond, CA)  For the second year, Menbere Aklilu, owner of Salute E Vita Ristorante in the City of Richmond’s Marina Bay neighborhood, will be opening her restaurant to provide a free full Thanksgiving dinner for families and individuals in Richmond and West Contra Costa County who wouldotherwise not have access to a healthy and gourmet meal served in an elegant atmosphere.

600 dinner guests – double from last year – are expected to walk through Salute’s restaurant tomorrow morning greeted with appetizers served by volunteers waiters. They will be seated at white table cloth tables surrounded by stunning views of San Francisco Bay and served a formal three course meal, which will include a salad, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

“For many people, Thanksgiving is a day we spend celebrating with our families over a lovingly prepared dinner,” said Aklilu. “However, there are many in Richmond who do not have access to a warm and beautifullycooked meal.  That’s why we’re doing this.”

Born in Ethiopia, Aklilu has operated Salute’s with a emphasis on community service and has enrolled the help of guest servers including Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus, Richmond Fire Chief Michael Banks, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Contra Costa County Presiding JudgeDiana Becton, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, Chevron Richmond Refinery Manager Nigel Hearne, Olympic Gold medalist Michael Johnson, and San Francisco 49er alumni Eric Wright.

The event is supported by many local businesses including Nancy Hakkinen of “Made to Order” who will be donating 600 totes, which will be used for goody bags; Jean-Yves Charon of Galaxy Dessert who will be providing the pumpkin pies; Dr. Robert Pearce, a Pt. Richmond dentist who provided more than 1000 tooth brushes, toothpaste, and dental floss; apparel by designer Dosho Shifferaw, turkey’s provided by Richmond Wholesale; Douglas Reil of Bay Food Shed, and additional support by many Salute restaurant customers and Richmond residents who donated supplies and give-away items.

For moreInformation please contact:

Traci McWain

Manager Salute E Vita Ristorante


(510) 215-0803 – office

(323) 215-6672 – cell


Robert Rogers