New Haven Restaurant Week Inspires Diners to Give Back
(10/17/2012) Recognized for its remarkable restaurants and culinary scene, New Haven will host the 9th NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK presented by Citizens Bank from November 11 – 16, 2012. This year, 33 of the city’s most sought-after restaurants will open their doors, and their hearts, with prix fixe menus costing $18 for lunch and $32 for dinner. Set menus and prices will include an appetizer, entrée and dessert (tax and gratuity are not included.)
For the second year, NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK will partner with presenting sponsor Citizens Bank to raise funds for Connecticut Food Bank. “Citizens Bank is excited to be the presenting sponsor of NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK for the second year in a row, to support local merchants as well as the Connecticut Food Bank,” said Ned Handy, President of Citizen’s Bank, Connecticut.
Throughout the week, diners at participating restaurants will be encouraged to make a one dollar donation to Connecticut Food Bank, where one dollar feeds one person for one day. Connecticut Food Bank serves approximately 600 community-based feeding programs in six of Connecticut's eight counties.
“New Haven is a foodie destination, so it seemed logical to once again leverage New Haven Restaurant Week by partnering with the Connecticut Food Bank and Citizens Bank to ensure that individuals across Connecticut have access to food during the holidays and all year round,” said Anne Worcester, Chief Marketing Officer of Market New Haven, the organization that coordinates NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK.
Additionally, the city of New Haven will be collecting non-perishable items throughout the week to donate to the Connecticut Food Bank, but with a uniquely artistic twist. Project Storefronts artists Plural Work/shop (Patrick Turiello and Leah Fabish) and Vito Bonanno will create an art installation out of donated non-perishable items, which will be housed for display in the windows of the Project Storefronts location on 756 Chapel Street.
“The Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism's Project Storefronts is glad to partner with Market New Haven and Connecticut Food Bank to bring attention to individuals dealing with hunger, and we hope that our art installation encourages people to donate to a great cause,” said Kelly Murphy, Economic Development Administrator for New Haven.
The first batch of non-perishable items will be donated by Citizens Bank, participating New Haven restaurants and Market New Haven. These donations will be used to begin constructing this one-of-a-kind art installation. The art sculpture will continue to be built, and grow larger as more items are collected from community donations. At the end of this program, all of the non-perishable items used to create this art exhibit will be donated to the Connecticut Food Bank. Donation locations will be at City Hall, the Free Public Library (Elm Street) and the new Gateway Community College (Church Street).
Similar to previous years, all NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK special prix fixe menus will be offered in addition to regular menus. Due to the event’s appeal and high-demand, patrons are strongly recommended to make reservations throughout the week.
Restaurants participating in November’s NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK include: 116 Crown (Bar, Kitchen & Cellar), Adriana's Restaurant & Wine Bar (Northern Italian), Anna Liffey’s (Authentic Irish), Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar (Spanish Wine Bar), Basta Trattoria (Southern Italian), Bentara (Spicy Malaysian), Carmen Anthony Steakhouse (American Steakhouse), Caseus (Fromagerie & Bistro), Christopher Martins (Modern American & Italian), Geronimo (Southwestern), Goodfellas Restaurant (Regional Italian), Heirloom (Coastal Farm), Ibiza (Creative Spanish), Istanbul Café (Authentic Turkish), John Davenport’s (Contemporary American), Kudeta (Asian Fusion), L’Orcio (Contemporary Italian), Miya’s Sushi (Creative Sushi), Oaxaca Kitchen (Contemporary Mexican), Old School Saloon and Bistro (Continental Cuisine), Pacifico (Nuevo Latino), Press (Artisan Pizza), Sage American Grill & Oyster Bar (Contemporary American), Soul de Cuba Café (Cuban), Temple Grill (American Casual), Thali (Regional Indian), The Cask Republic (American Tavern), The Kitchen Table (Sustainable American), Tre Scalini Ristorante (Regional Italian), Union League Café (Parisian Brasserie), Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar (Cuban), Zaroka Bar & Restaurant (Fine Indian) and Zinc (Modern American).
In addition to the extraordinary dining that can be experienced during this week-long foodie promotion, New Haven offers an array of cultural activities, shopping and sights to enjoy in-between meals. For more details on these activities and NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK, please visit InfoNewHaven.com, and be sure to follow the conversation surrounding NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK using the Twitter hashtag: #NHRW12.
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About Market New Haven: A vibrant destination whose deep-rooted history has coined it the “Cultural Capital of Connecticut,” New Haven is enjoying renewed fervor. Famed historic sites host lively year-round concerts and events. Acclaimed internationally diverse restaurants, eclectic shopping, cultural adventures and sophisticated nightlife add to the destination’s urban renaissance and dynamic pulse. The mission of Market New Haven is to enhance the positive image of New Haven and to communicate its renaissance by promoting the city’s award-winning restaurants, world-class culture, unique shopping opportunities and renowned year-round events. Market New Haven is a public/private partnership among the City of New Haven and its Board of Aldermen, Yale University, Yale-New Haven Hospital and the local business community.
Local business community funders include: Covidien, New Haven Register, United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, First Niagara Bank, Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, Citizens Bank, NewAlliance Foundation, TD Bank, Webster Bank, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bank of America, Aetna, People’s United Bank and The Study Hotel at Yale.
About Citizens Bank: Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 51 branches and 131 ATMs in Connecticut.
RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $132 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s website is www.citizensbank.com.
About Connecticut Food Bank: Connecticut Food Bank serves approximately 600 community-based feeding programs in six of Connecticut's eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham. Connecticut Food Bank distributes more than 31 tons of food every business day. For more information, visit www.ctfoodbank.org, “like” us at facebook.com/ctfoodbank or follow our news at twitter.com/ctfoodbank.