New Haven Restaurant Week returns with a philanthropic twist

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Enjoy delicious food and help raise money for a good cause during this fall’s New Haven Restaurant Week, presented by First Niagara, from Nov. 1 to 6 at participating locations. Known as one of America’s most innovative culinary cities, New Haven will showcase some of its most popular restaurants while raising money for the Connecticut Food Bank.

At a press conference announcing the event, First Niagara kicked off the fundraising initiative with a donation of $2,500 to the 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.

Founded in 1982, the Connecticut Food Bank partners with retailers, growers, donors, and volunteers to produce over 17 million meals annually that benefit residents in 127 cities and towns in six of eight Connecticut counties. During Restaurant Week, customers are encouraged to make a $1 donation to the Connecticut Food Bank. The donations go a long way, according to organization officials, as $1 can help feed one person for one day.

“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,” said Mayor Toni Harp. “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, which include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Lunch is priced at $18 per person, and dinner at $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, Park New Haven will offer $4 parking in its Crown Street and Temple Street garages from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. during the week.

The full list of restaurants follows:

  • 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)

For more details on New Haven Restaurant Week, visit the organizer’s website. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NHVEATS.

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