Restaurant Week returnsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership Toledo is once again teaming with Toledo Free Press and other media sponsors to organize a Restaurant Week to benefit the local nonprofit as well as showcase the area’s diverse culinary options.
The second annual Restaurant Week Toledo is set for Jan. 29 through Feb. 4.
“Toledo has so many fantastic restaurants and we want to make sure people are aware of them,” said Margot Estes, co-chair of Restaurant Week Toledo. “This event gives us the opportunity to highlight them.”
Participating eateries create special menus featuring meal choices for lunch, dinner or both at price points of $10, $20 or $30. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in the price.
A portion of each meal purchased will benefit the youth programs at Leadership Toledo, a nonprofit organization established in 1980 that fosters leadership and involvement in the greater Toledo area.
Becca Gorman, co-chair of Restaurant Week Toledo, said Restaurant Week is something that’s been done successfully in most midsize and larger cities nationwide.
“We wanted to give Toledo the same opportunity,” Gorman said. “Our inaugural event was a success and we’re looking to build in 2012. We have a number of restaurants that participated in last year’s event and wanted to participate again this year as well as new restaurants that felt they missed out and wanted to make sure to be a part of it.”
Last year’s inaugural event featured 16 local restaurants. Organizers are looking to expand this year, with a goal of 25 restaurants signed up by Dec. 1.
Cory Dippold, associate executive director for Leadership Toledo, said the goal of Restaurant Week Toledo is in line with Leadership Toledo’s mission to lead community involvement.
“Promoting local is exactly what Leadership Toledo is all about,” Dippold said. “Last year’s funds that were raised allowed us to bring more students into our youth program.”
Gorman said Leadership Toledo received positive feedback from community members about Restaurant Week Toledo.
“Some people tried new restaurants they’d never tried before or new dishes that were highlighted rather than their old standbys,” Gorman said “Some who don’t eat out much ate out during the week, supporting local restaurants and our organization.”
For more information, visit the website www.restaurantweektoledo.com or contact Leadership Toledo at (419) 241-7371.