AAPI Heritage Month Brings Dining Adventures to Austin
Family Style Passport invites you to eat out and maybe get a free meal
By A. Richmond,
8:00AM, Tue. Apr. 18, 2023
Food isn’t just how we fuel our bodies. Food brings us closer together, and not just when we are at the table together. Eating new dishes is a chance to explore without traveling. And as May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, what better and diverse culinary option can you ask for?
Diners willing to accept such a delicious challenge can purchase a Family Style Passport, sponsored by the Austin Asian Community Health Initiative (AACHI), and visit up to 30 of Austin’s most delicious AAPI-owned restaurants.
Passports are on sale now at the early-bird price of $40; the price goes up to $45 on May 1. Order your passport ASAP; it will arrive via snail mail and will be valid for use beginning on May 1, to coincide with AAPI Heritage Month.
The passport is, effectively, a book of vouchers for deals on specific items at each restaurant. So, diners would bring in the voucher for a specific dish at a specific discounted price and then get the passport stamped, indicating that the deal has been redeemed.
The diner who visits every restaurant on the list and gets their passport stamped first wins a luxurious three-course dinner for ten at Qi. But please don’t think you must dine in at 30 restaurants in the month of May to win. Your passport will be valid until April 30, 2024, giving holders a year to redeem every deal.
And it’s not just food that helps give back; there are cocktails, too. The Peached Tortilla, Sazan Ramen, and Oseyo will feature special AAPI month cocktails made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s will donate $1 to AACHI for every featured cocktail sold in May, up to $2,500.
Passport proceeds will go toward AACHI, a nonprofit that helps Asian and Asian American Central Texans get the healthcare needed to live. AACHI’s Community Health Navigation Program provides support and navigation services for community members who are left out of our traditional healthcare system.
This is a delicious opportunity, not a challenge. Pace yourself. Make a plan and map it out. Best of luck and enjoy your dining adventures.