Photos courtesy of Red Cow/Red Rabbit
Red Rabbit and Red Cow, two of the Twin Cities’ most beloved restaurants, are known for more than their juicy burgers and rich pastas.
If you’ve ever been to Red Cow or Red Rabbit, you know what love is. The second one of Red Cow’s delicious burgers and addictive fries touch your mouth, you know that love is, indeed, food. And the first time you treat yourself to a heaping pile of Red Rabbit’s pasta, you know what it feels like to be in heaven.
Okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic. But still, they’re pretty great. And what makes these staples of the Twin Cities’ culinary scene even more spectacular, is the way they give back to the community.
“Red Cow and Red Rabbit make monetary and food donations to many local charitable organizations each year through their inspiRED giving program. For example, of the $109,000 donated in 2019, we partnered with the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital to not only raise $10,000 through a partnership with Gopher’s Coach P.J. Fleck to help fight childhood cancer, but we also provided meals to families staying at the hospital,” says Luke Shimp, owner of Red Cow and Red Rabbit.
Shimp says giving back to the community has always been a pillar of their organization. Over the years, the Red Cow and Red Rabbit team has given to a variety of organizations including the Sanneh Foundation, local youth sports, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, and the Think Great Foundation, among others.
“Many of these partnerships began because of community connections. A guest may need a sponsor for a youth sports team or in the case of our partnership with the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital, P.J. and Heather Fleck were regular visitors to our 50th and France location. We collaborated on creating a special burger and raised funds for a cause near to their hearts,” Shimp adds.
In addition to these organizations, Shimp says they’ve worked to support neighborhood youth activities, from sports to arts to music. They’ve also worked to support military families. “Despite the many challenges in 2020, we are in the process of solidifying our charity partner for fall/winter 2020,” he says.
“Restaurants aren’t just food but a wonderful collection of people serving a community. We’re committed to supporting organizations and causes that inspire us and help the communities we live and serve,” Shimp says of Red Cow and Red Rabbit’s involvement in the community.
While the pandemic can make getting involved and interacting with community members much more difficult, Shimp says they have been able to rely on their resources and the community in order to keep up the support.
“COVID-19 has certainly made things more difficult, but in these difficult times, it’s even more critical to utilize our resources and rely on our community to give back. We’re lucky, our guests and staff want to support—we just need to make it easy to give back,” he says. “Every partnership presents different opportunities. Typically, we collaborate with our charitable partner to create featured menu items where proceeds benefit the organization. By simply dining at our restaurants, our guests make it possible for all of us to make a difference.”
So whether you’re looking for a delicious meal or a restaurant that consistently gives back to the community, look no further than Red Cow and Red Rabbit (and, seriously, try Red Rabbit’s shrimp garganelli).