Last fall, 42 The Restaurant (pictured, below), White Plains, N.Y., launched a Chef's Tasting Menu promotion, making a $10 donation to Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y., for each tasting menu served. So far, the restaurant has raised nearly $3,500 and plans to continue the promotion indefinitely. The money raised by the promotion is being used to purchase televisions and DVD players for patient rooms as well as a Parent Lounge at Blythedale.

"We are so grateful to [chef] Anthony [Goncalves] and everyone at 42 for making Blythedale the beneficiary of this exciting promotion," said Betsy Bowman, chief development officer for Blythedale Children's Hospital, in a press statement. "Thanks to these donations, hospital stays at Blythedale--which average 50 days--will be more comfortable for our patients and their families."