Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Restaurant Week Introductory Meeting on February 8th

All chefs, restauranteurs, growers, or those involved in a civic organization or activity that is food-related are invited to the Restaurant Week Kick-Off Meeting from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on February 8th at Lenny's Restaurant in California, MD. This is the first gathering of possible Restaurant Week participants and is intended to be a planning session as well as to encourage partnerships between area restaurants and growers who are now preparing for summer demand. If you would like to be part of this initiative or find out more, please come. There is NO FEE for attending and all are welcome.

Occuring twice annually, “Savor St. Mary’s” will feature a seasonal line-up of items locally grown and produced as presented through the creative interpretation of area restaurants. Kicking off this summer: July 25 – August 8, 2010, “Savor St. Mary’s” will highlight fresh seasonal produce and then again February 15th – 28th, 2011 will have an emphasis on local seafood and wine.

A collaboration between locally-owned restaurants, St Mary’s County Department of Economic & Community Development and the Division of Tourism, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) as well as locally-owned small businesses and community-minded individuals, “Savor St. Mary’s” was conceived in order to offer support to local agriculture, promote the area’s independent small businesses, and give back to the community.

A portion of the proceeds resulting from “Savor St. Mary’s will be donated to the 2 local kitchens; “St. Mary’s Caring” in Lexington Park, MD and the “Loaves and Fishes” ministry at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Leonardtown, MD, which provide food to the community’s hungry and homeless.
For more information about Restaurant Week, visit http://www.savorstmarys.com/ or contact Rebecca Deprey, St. Mary's County Division of Tourism, at 301-475-4200 ext. 1404 or Rebecca.Deprey@stmarysmd.com.
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