Collingswood Restaurant Week innovates with curbside meal kits – Courier Post

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Collingswood is about to kick off its fall Restaurant Week, but it will be unlike previous promotions.

Restaurant Week will run  Sunday, Oct.18 to Friday, Oct. 23 with nine participating restaurants offering the curbside meal kits, which allow participants to grab a meal they can enjoy at home or in town.

Participating businesses include: Macona BBQ, El Sitio, Villa Barone, Haddon Culinary, Il Fiore, Li Beirut, Sabrina’s Café, Café Antonio, Devil’s Creek Brewery and Bistro di Marino.

Individual eateries will determine the prices of the meal kits, which range from $32 to $130. Guests pay the same whether they dine in or get their meals to go. For example, at Macona BBQ, a family meal which feeds three to four people and includes two proteins, two sides, four cornbread muffins and fresh cookies is $50. At Li Beirut, a three-course solo meal kit is $35; couples kit is $65, and a family kit, which feeds a family of four, is $130.

Devil’s Creek Brewery will offerrestaurant week specials Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Growlers of its flagship 1888 Ale are $11 and growlers of any beer 8% alcohol by volume or less are $25, including a souvenir growler.

“Restaurants have become the anchor for our downtown,” Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley said in statement promoting Restaurant Week.

“Working together the last few months we adapted and problem solved and have given these small businesses a fighting chance. We hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy them — one way or the other — through a very different week.”

Restaurant owners say they look forward to welcoming their guests back and sharing their latest creations.

“An event like Restaurant Week does a lot to help increase the visibility of a vibrant downtown dining scene like ours,” says Haddon Culinary caterer Lindsey Ferguson. “It is especially important this year, as it gives restaurants the ability to highlight the creativity and adaptability that has seen them through this incredibly challenging time.

“We hope to give our community good reason to rally behind its small business owners and all they have to offer throughout the week.”

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