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Help Community Non-Profits By Dining At Any Columbia Restaurant In September
Eat Well. Do Good. Help Community Non-Profits By Dining
At Any Columbia Restaurant In September
For 18th Annual Columbia Community Harvest


TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 5, 2015 – Let your appetite do the giving while you support local non-profit groups in Florida by dining at any of the seven Columbia locations in Florida during the entire month of September for lunch or dinner during the 18th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program.

Through this program, The Columbia donates 5% of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to the charitable organizations chosen by their customers during September. The Community Harvest takes place in all of the Columbia locations including Ybor City in the historic district of Tampa, St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s Town of Celebration, the Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk in Downtown Tampa at the Tampa Bay History Center and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For more information, see www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com

“We started this program in 1998 as a way to help many of the worthy non-profit groups that are so important to our communities,” said 4th generation family member and president Richard Gonzmart. “We thought the best way to do this was by letting our customers get involved in selecting the organizations. The process is simple. They just put a check mark next to one of the charitable organizations listed on a form we provide. They turn it in to their server. We do the rest, and donate 5% to the charity.”

Over the past 17 years, the Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest has donated more than $1.6 million to non-profit organizations throughout Florida.

The original Columbia Restaurant was founded in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and is now Florida’s oldest restaurant. Additional Columbia locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida''s town of Celebration, the Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Please see www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com for more information.


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Participating Non-Profit Groups:

YBOR CITY - RIVERWALK, TAMPA – TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

1. A Kid’s Place
2. American Diabetes Association
3. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
4. Boys & Girls Clubs Of Tampa
5. High Risk Hope
6. Hope Children’s Home
7. Humane Society Of Tampa Bay
8. Laundry Project
9. Lifepath Hospice
10. Make-A-Wish Foundation®
11. Mary Lee’s House
12. Meals On Wheels Of Tampa
13. Metropolitan Ministries
14. Moffitt Cancer Center
15. Pediatric Cancer Foundation
16. Ronald McDonald House
17. Shriners Hospitals For Children
18. The Children’s Home

SARASOTA

1. All Faiths Food Bank
2. Boys & Girls Clubs Of Sarasota County
3. Cat Depot
4. Foundation For Dreams
5. Lifelong Learning Academy
6. Make-A-Wish Foundation®
7. Meals On Wheels PLUS Of Manatee
8. Moffitt Cancer Center
9. Mote Marine Laboratory
10. Second Chance Last Opportunity
11. St. Jude Church/Hispanic-American Center
12. Suncoast Charities For Children
13. Sunshine From Darkness
14. The Players
15. Tidewell Hospice

ST. AUGUSTINE

1. 2 Hearts Adoption Ministry
2. Betty Griffin House
3. Boy Scouts Of America
4. Community Hospice Of Northeast Florida
5. Dreams Come True
6. Florida School For The Deaf & The Blind
7. Friends Of The Library
8. J.P. Hall Children’s Charities
9. Laundry Project
10. Make-A-Wish Foundation®
11. Moffitt Cancer Center
12. St. Augustine Humane Society
13. St. Gerard Campus
14. St. Johns County Council On Aging
15. Take Stock In Children


CLEARWATER


1. Alpha House
2. Alzheimer’s Association
3. American Diabetes Association
4. Big Brothers/Big Sisters Of Tampa Bay
5. CASA
6. Children’s Dream Fund
7. Make-A-Wish Foundation®
8. Meals On Wheels Of Tampa
9. Moffitt Cancer Center
10. Shriners Hospitals for Children
11. SPCA Tampa Bay
12. Suncoast Hospice
13. The Children’s Home

CELEBRATION

1. Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center
2. Bishop Grady Villas
3. Community Hope Center
4. Down Syndrome Association Of Central Florida
5. Give Kids The World
6. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
7. Kids House
8. Lighthouse Central Florida
9. Make-A-Wish Foundation®
10. Moffitt Cancer Center
11. Pediatric Cancer Foundation
12. Pet Alliance Of Greater Orlando
13. Shriners Hospitals For Children


Columbia Menu Available for Takeout
Our Columbia lunch and dinner menu items are available for takeout. Please call one of our locations to place your order, and for pick-up details.

Please click here to find one of our Columbia’s that is near you to call in a takeout order.

All Columbia menu items are available to go from The Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, orders must be placed in person.

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Emeril Lagasse visits Florida’s oldest restaurant, The Columbia, in Tampa’s historic Ybor City
Emeril Lagasse visited Florida’s Oldest Restaurant, The Columbia in Tampa’s historic Ybor City for his show, Emeril’s Florida, on The Cooking Channel.

At The Columbia, he learns how to make their famous paella with Andrea Gonzmart, a fifth generation member of the Gonzmart Family. Gonzmart’s great-great-grandfather founded the Columbia in 1905.

The interview can be seen here.

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5th Generation Columbia Family Member Andrea Gonzmart Interviewed on “Flavors of Tampa Bay”
Take a tour of our waterfront Columbia Restaurant in Sand Key on Clearwater Beach with Andrea Gonzmart, 5th generation family member on “Flavors of Tampa Bay.”

The interview can be seen here.

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Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad® Selected “One of America’s Top 10 Best Salads” by USA Today
Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad® was selected as “One of America’s Top 10 Best Salads” by the Salad Guy, author Wiley Mullins in USA Today. The Columbia is the only restaurant in Florida named to this list.

Wiley Mullins, author of Salad Makes the Meal: 150 Simple and Inspired Salad Recipes Everyone Will Love, shared his list of favorite places in the United States with Kathy Baruffi for USA Today.

Regarding the Columbia, Mullins says, “Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad® is famous throughout Florida, and salad lovers travel near and far to enjoy it. No wonder it’s trademarked!” “Tossed and created at your table, this masterpiece of a meal includes the juiciest beefsteak tomatoes you’ve ever tasted, lettuce, tender baked ham, Romano and Swiss cheeses, olives and a deliciously smooth garlic dressing.”

The others places named to the list include Ching’s Table in New Canaan, Conn; City Grocery Café in Oxford, Miss.; Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY; Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif.; 84 High Street in Westerly, RI; Café Pasquals in Santa Fe, NM; Firefly in Lenox, Mass.; Hall Street Grill in Beaverton, Ore.; and True in Mobile, Ala.

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