2016-02-24 / Health

Restaurant promo highlights region’s culinary diversity

Catskill Mtn. News is organizing event
By Joan Lawrence-Bauer

The Catskill Mountain News announced this week that it will sponsor a major restaurant-week promotion from Sunday, April 24 through Thursday, April 28.

Developed to showcase the culinary diversity of the region, restaurant week will reward residents and visitors who get out and try restaurants they might not otherwise visit. During the five days and nights in April, participating restaurants will offer price fixed dinners at deep discounts for those with advance reservations. Participating restaurants that are traditionally open only for breakfast and lunch will offer a “Just Desserts” program that gives participants a free dessert special with each meal they purchase.

“The region has long been known for some of the best dining available anywhere,” said Publisher Dick Sanford when announcing the event. “April is a quiet month and we think it’s a great time to celebrate the culinary traditions that have taken root here.” Sanford noted that during busier seasons, it’s often hard for working locals to get out to eat. “We’re all serving the same visitors,” said Sanford. “So during the slower times, when fewer people are here, is a good time to celebrate ourselves.” Additionally, New York City public schools will be closed that week making it possible for the region’s second homeowners to be here and participate in the promotion.

Support from others

In addition to participating restaurants, the News promotion will also include other local businesses that will be donating goods and services to be given as door prizes for those who visit at least two local restaurants during the week. Participants who register ahead with the News office and sample at least two restaurants, will be eligible to win one of a dozen door prizes that can include anything from free spa visits to store gift certificates or free subscriptions to the News.

Sanford said each participating dinner restaurant would offer a menu that includes a choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage to people who have made reservations in advance. The restaurant menus will feature a variety of apps, entrees, and desserts from which diners can make their selections. The News will feature background stories on each participating restaurant starting next week and each week until April 20.

Residents or visitors who wish to take part will call or e-mail the News office to receive a participation card with the names of all participating restaurants. At the end of restaurant week, each restaurant will let the News know the names of all diners who participated. Those identified by two or more restaurants will be eligible to win the door prizes from other local businesses.

Sanford said restaurants will be solicited for the program from now until March 7 when newspaper, Facebook and e-blast promotion of the event begins. “We’re really excited about showcasing local businesses this way and think this is going to be a win-win for everyone in the region,” said Sanford.

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