The Genghis Grill in Brandon is set to serve for a cause today, Feb. 6, as a fundraiser for the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Brandon program, which this year aims to help beautify Rotary's Camp Florida.
"The purpose of the fundraiser is to help our class complete a beautification and improvement project at Rotary's Camp Florida," reads a Facebook notice posted about the event. "The mission of Rotary's Camp Florida is to continually foster children with special needs and challenges to realize their full potential at the camp despite any obstacle they may face."
Here's how the Feb. 6 fundraiser works:
"Let us know you're participating in the fundraiser program and, depending on the amount of sales we make, we'll give back up to 20 percent," said Marc Murray, the restaurant's general manager. "Based on the volume of sales we expect with this fundraiser, there's no doubt in my mind we'll hit 20 percent."
Despite the number of expected diners, Murray said the effort to serve promptly will not be sacrificed.
"We cook very fast, so everyone is in and out of here within 30 to 40 minutes," he said, noting the needs of workers facing a set time for lunch.
The restaurant, part of a franchise market owned by brothers Jordan, Nicholas and Eliott Dorsch, specializes in Mongolian stir fry, created for the most part by ingredients selected by the diners themselves
"Basically, you get to pick whatever ingredients you'd like in your bowl and it's prepared on a 7-foot, round cast-iron grill, then served with a side of starch," Murray said.
Side choices are rice (steam, brown or fried), noodles, sprial pasta and flour tortillas.
"There are 14 proteins to choose from, from chicken to shrimp, 12 different spices, more than 30 types of vegetables and 12 sauces," Murray added.
Overwhelmed by the selection? There are servers ready to answer questions. Also, there are 12 cards, featuring signature recipes, for those who want to follow detailed suggestions.
"The first three we recommend for first-timers are Teriyaki Chicken, Beef Broccoli and Thai Chicken," Murray said. But then there's Mongo Barbecue, he added, "which is what I typically prefer."
"Most customers like the fact that it is a build-your-own bowl concept and you can make [your meal] whatever you want it to be," Murray said. "You can try a surf-and-turf dish or a meat dish and it's all the same price. You can explore your options without breaking the bank."
Cost for lunch is $8.99, plus the cost of drinks. Dinner costs a dollar more. The price for children is $5.99, which includes a drink and the option for the child to go back for more without an additional cost. It will cost $6 more for adults to avail themselves of the all-you-can-eat option.