Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Binghamton Restaurant Week raised more than $7,000 for CHOW

BINGHAMTON — The city’s Restaurant Week raised more than $7,000 for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse and served more than 16,990 meals.

On Thursday, restaurant owners, city officials, sponsors and a representative from CHOW celebrated the 10-day event that brought people to local restaurants, gave customers a taste of the city and helped out a local non-profit.

“It’s really given everybody an opportunity to see what we have to offer,” said Mayor Matthew T. Ryan.
Restaurant Week, which took place from Sept. 18-27, included 20 city restaurants which offered menu specials to give customers a variety of samples of each eatery’s cuisine.

The Rev. Joseph Sellepack, executive director of Broome County Council of Churches, which runs CHOW, said it’s amazing that the region that suffered so much a year ago after the flood has come back to help those in need.

“It’s hard to believe a little over a year ago, we would be under water,” Sellepack said. “I thank you for the work that you’ve done.”

Over the course of restaurant week’s bi-annual event, which began in March 2010, participating restaurants sold 58,697 meals, had revenues of more than $1 million and donated $24,626 to charities, according to Marie McKenna, co-owner of Lost Dog Cafe and co-organizer of Binghamton Restaurant Week. 

The seventh Restaurant Week will be held from March 12-21.

Written by     Debbie Swartz

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