Time remains for Crossroads restaurants to join 2013 Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up

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Lone Star state chefs looking to dish up locally grown grub can join other like-minded individuals in next month's Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up.

The sixth annual round-up takes place during statewide dine-out week July 22-28, according to a Texas Department of Agriculture news release.

Throughout the event, Go Texan member restaurants serve up special menu items made from ingredients grown or raised within the Lone Star State or Texas food and beverage pairings, according to the release.

A percentage of restaurant proceeds go to benefit area food banks.

In order to qualify, a department of agriculture regional employee must visit the restaurant and the establishment must provide full payment for its Go Texan membership, Jill Selman, a media assistant with the Texas Department of Agriculture, said in an email. There is no deadline to join, she said, noting restaurants can do so even throughout the week of the roundup.

Kloesel's Steak House & Bar, 101 Moore Ave., in Moulton, has participated in the event in the past, said Diana Kloesel, who co-owns the business with husband Harvey Kloesel.

Although Kloesel's will not participate this year - this year's event falls at the restaurant's busiest time of year and during the Moulton Town & Country Jamboree - she said there is a benefit to serving up area food.

"It's always good to have anything from Texas people," she said. "When we participated, we had a special menu, and we highlighted what was grown in Texas."

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, in the release, said meals always taste better when they're created with Texas ingredients.

"The abundance and quality of products produced by our farmers, ranchers, winemakers and fishermen provide Lone Star chefs with the perfect opportunity to feature fresh Texas fare," he said. "I encourage chefs to take part in Texas' only statewide dine-out week dedicated to serving locally produced Texas food and beverages and encourage patrons to 'Go out. Go eat. Go Texan.'"

Posters, save the date cards and other marketing materials are available for participating restaurants.

For more information, visit GoTexanRestaurantRoundUp.com.