Those of us in the ranching business tend to appreciate a good steakhouse. After all, they help us market what we grow. I’m no exception, and Texas Roadhouse is among my favorites. It’s about more than the steaks – it’s the steaks AND their corporate culture.
Each year the Wyoming FFA Foundation and Cheyenne FFA chapters celebrate National FFA Week. Among the many activities is a fundraiser luncheon at the Cheyenne Texas Roadhouse, located just across from the shopping mall along Del Range.
While the restaurant isn’t typically open for lunch on Thursdays, they open their doors for Wyoming FFA. We publicize the event, invite people to the restaurant and deliver meals around town with the help of many FFA supporters. Wyoming State FFA Advisor Stacy Broda has been kind enough to step forward in recent years and organize the deliveries around Cheyenne.
Cheyenne members of the Wyoming FFA Foundation – Court Schilt, Donn Randall, Scott Vetter and Brittany Wilson – along with several FFA members all worked to spread the word about the event and help sell tickets. They’re joined by countless other volunteers who come spend their time delivering meals and doing what they can to help with the event.
Texas Roadhouse’s employees volunteer their time to help prepare the meals and ensure the event goes off without a hitch. FFA members work in the kitchen, as waiters and waitresses and in other capacities around the restaurant. Callie Hurst and the rest of the Texas Roadhouse team show them the ropes and make the entire event fun. I heard more than one FFA member inquiring about after school and summer work at this year’s event.
“I love my job,” Callie frequently says. That’s a wonderful thing to hear and her passion for her work shows. Last year she helped non-profits like FFA, and other worthy causes in the Cheyenne area, raise a significant amount of money in recent years. It’s money that made a lasting and real impact in the Cheyenne area, and in FFA’s case, beyond. The generosity displayed at the Cheyenne Texas Roadhouse is to be commended! If you dine there, please pass along a thank you on FFA’s behalf.
Deserving equal recognition are the outstanding FFA members who make the event possible. When I arrived at Texas Roadhouse for the event last Thursday there were a handful of boys wearing official FFA dress and shoveling the Texas Roadhouse sidewalks. They wanted to help ensure everything was in order for a successful event. They were equally impressive throughout the event, and I heard numerous comments about what polite young people they are. And you know me — I never miss a chance to brag on Wyoming FFA members!
It’s easy to like a steakhouse. It’s really easy to like a steakhouse like Texas Roadhouse, a company that goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in the communities where they do business. Kudos to them!
Jennifer Vineyard Womack is executive director of the Wyoming FFA Foundation and a freelance writer. She can be reached at Womack@Wyoming.com or at 307-351-0730.