Dave Schlaudecker, executive director of Leadership Toledo, is clear about the importance of Restaurant Week Toledo, Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
“Restaurant Week Toledo means two things to us,” Schlaudecker said. “One, it gives us the opportunity for people to learn about Leadership Toledo and the way we are changing lives in both our students and the community at large. And two, without raising funds we can’t run the youth programs because we don’t charge the youth to participate in any programs and we do have to cover our costs.”
Toledo Free Press and Leadership Toledo, with media partners FOX Toledo and Star 105.5, are promoting Restaurant Week Toledo as a way to help a great cause while taking advantage of the amazing variety of restaurants our area offers.
Participating restaurants for this second annual event include Bar 145, The Blarney Irish Pub, Bobby V’s American Grill, Burger Bar 419, Caper’s Restaurant and Bar, Dégagé Jazz Café, Fifi’s Reprise Restaurant and Lounge, The Hungry I, ICE Restaurant and Bar, LaScola Italian Grill, Manhattan’s, Plate 21, Poco Piatti, Rockwell’s, Rosie’s Italian Grille, Spicy Tuna Sushi Bar and Grill, Tea Tree Asian Bistro and Ventura’s Mexican Restaurant. More details are on Page A14 and in the Jan. 25 issue of Toledo Free Press Star, on newsstands now.
These local restaurants exhibited leadership by signing up, and it has been exciting to follow the buzz and watch the event take root. We are grateful for the opportunity to support Leadership Toledo and appreciate each and every restaurant that partnered with the project.
It has been a great pleasure collaborating with Executive Director Dave Schlaudecker, Associate Executive Director Cory Dippold, and event co-chair Margot Estes and Becca Gorman; it was Dippold who first proposed the Restaurant Week Toledo concept.
Special thanks to all of you who will try a new restaurant or revisit an old favorite this week to help support the cause.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.