This month, Rockford Restaurant Week returns for the second year, showcasing special menu items from six Rockford-area restaurants, March 24-29.
Each restaurant will offer a three-course meal or dinner for two for $25. Every meal ordered will send $1 to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, enabling the organization to send four meals to those struggling with hunger.
The goal is to raise enough money to distribute 3,600 meals.
The event is again being coordinated by Reds on the River. General Manager Kristin Kent says the purpose is to introduce food lovers to the wide variety of cuisines on offer in Rockford. This year’s lineup features an upscale New American restaurant, an English-style pub, an Italian sports bar, and a hotdog joint, among others.
“Every restaurant is so unique that it has something for everyone,” Kent said. “Rockford keeps people coming back again and again because every time they come back, they can experience something different.”
That richness has sometimes been overlooked as the city to the south grabs regional and national headlines for its food and drink.
“Our city is on a smaller scale, but we have everything anyone could want here too,” said Jeannie Gregory, executive director of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, citing the town’s wine cellar, brewery, distillery and two new restaurants, Uccello’s and Ramona’s Table, set to open in 2014.
“Rockford is a neat community,” Kent said. “It has a lot to offer with all the little shops and restaurants, and in order to get people to start coming to Rockford, drawing them to the downtown area, we all need to work together.”
More information about Rockford Restaurant Week can be found at MillionMealMarch.org/RockfordRestaurant.