One of New England’s most popular culinary events will add a philanthropic benefit this November as the city of New Haven offers the fall edition of NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK, presented by First Niagara from November 1 through 6. Known as one of America’s most innovative culinary cities, New Haven will showcase some of its best eateries while encouraging food lovers to help a good cause by making donations to the Connecticut Food Bank.
Customers dining at participating restaurants can choose to make a one dollar donation to the Connecticut Food Bank. The donations go a long way, according to the organization, as one dollar is able to help feed one person for one day. Founded in 1982, the Connecticut Food Bank partners with retailers, growers, donors and volunteers to produce 17+ million meals annually that benefit residents in 127 cities and towns in six of eight Connecticut counties.
At a press conference held earlier this morning at New Haven City Hall, First Niagara kicked off the fundraising initiative with a donation of $2500 to Connecticut Food Bank. In addition, the bank announced a dollar-for-dollar match for donations made by restaurant patrons during NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK, up to an additional $2,500.
“The generosity of First Niagara and NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK participants makes meals possible for their neighbors and represents true community spirit,” said Connecticut Food Bank President & CEO Rob Levine. “That type of community support throughout the year helps the Connecticut Food Bank feed 300,000 of our neediest neighbors.”
“We’re so proud to showcase the breadth and depth of New Haven’s diverse culinary scene each time New Haven Restaurant Week comes around – it’s a terrific way for residents throughout the region to stay reminded of what New Haven has to offer year ‘round,” Mayor Toni N. Harp said. “This fall, I’m delighted by the partnership with First Niagara to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank and its good work to help the hungry and vulnerable – I hope everyone takes part in Restaurant Week in November.”
Twenty seven of the city’s most well-known restaurants will offer a special three-course, prix fixe menu for both lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week. Menus will include an appetizer, entrée and dessert at lunch ($18 per person) and dinner ($32 per person). Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity, and some restrictions may apply. In addition to the limited-time menus, regular dining menus will still be offered. Guests are strongly recommended to make reservations in advance. As an added bonus for foodies, Park New Haven will offer $4 parking in its Crown Street and Temple Street garages from 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. during the full duration of NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK.
The full list of restaurants for this edition of NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK includes:
- 116 Crown (Mediterranean)
- Adriana’s Restaurant & Wine Bar (Italian)
- Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant (Spanish)
- Basta Trattoria (Organic Italian)
- Caffe Bravo (Italian)
- Caseus Fromagerie Bistro (Gastro Pub)
- Cask Republic (Modern American)
- Christopher Martins Restaurant (American Bistro)
- Elm City Social (Traditional American)
- Fornarelli’s Ristorante (Italian)
- Goodfellas Restaurant (Italian)
- Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant (Modern American)
- Heirloom (Coastal Farm Cooking)
- John Davenport’s Restaurant (Contemporary Coastal New England)
- L’Orcio (Contemporary Italian)
- Miya’s Sushi (Sustainable Sushi)
- Olea (Spanish/Mediterranean)
- Pacifico (Nuevo Latino Cuisine)
- ROIA Restaurant and Café (French & Italian)
- Soul de Cuba Café (Cuban Soul Food)
- Stone Hearth (Farm Fresh)
- Tarry Lodge (Italian)
- Taste of China (Authentic Chinese)
- Temple Grill (American Grill)
- Tre Scalini Ristorante (Italian)
- Union League Café (Contemporary French)
- ZINC (Modern American)
“First Niagara is thrilled to be presenting sponsor of New Haven Restaurant Week. With our deep roots in the New Haven community, we are strongly supportive of the local restaurants and small businesses that help drive the city’s economic vitality and make it the special place it is,” said Jeff Hubbard, New England Regional President, First Niagara. “We also commend Mayor Harp and Market New Haven on their efforts to use Restaurant Week as a way to raise awareness of the issue of hunger in our community, and we are happy to support the initiative with a donation to the CT Food Bank.”
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