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Maplewood Restaurant Week Coming March 24-30

The Alternative Press Staff

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 • 5:52pm

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood’s many restaurants will celebrate Restaurant Week this year from March 24 to 30. More than 25 restaurants and food purveyors throughout the town will participate, from award-winning fine dining establishments to diners and takeout shops.

“Restaurant Week is a great stage to showcase our special town and many of its restaurants,” said Fred Shandler of Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria. “We're always excited to be a partner in it.”

The Maplewood Village Alliance, Springfield Avenue Partnership and Maplewood Chamber of Commerce are the organizers of Maplewood Restaurant Week and this year’s sponsor is Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty.

“This provides a great opportunity for Verjus to offer our popular prix fixe bistro for the entire week,” said Jane Witkin of Verjus Restaurant. “We look forward to welcoming customers both existing and new.”

Participating restaurants will offer customers everything from prix fixe to tasting menus and discounted lunch or dinner specials.

In a new twist, Restaurant Week has added a charitable component to the event and will support Rent Party Pantry, Inc., in their efforts to fight hunger locally. Rent Party Pantry, Inc. is an organization that fights hunger in Maplewood and South Orange with the proceeds from its monthly Rent Parties, music events that showcase local bands at the Elks Lodge in South Orange.

To support this effort, many of the participating restaurants will donate a portion of their Restaurant Week proceeds to Rent Party and/or collect canned goods to be donated to them as well. As the event sponsor, Keller Williams will also be acting as a can collection site. Anyone is welcome to drop canned goods off at any time during Restaurant Week and merchants that are acting as can collection sites will be clearly marked by a sign in their window and on our website.

"We are grateful for the generosity of the participating restaurants and we want to thank the Maplewood Village Alliance, Springfield Avenue Partnership and Chamber of Commerce for making Rent Party part of Restaurant Week,” said Rent Party’s Chris Dickson. “The money raised will support hunger fighting initiatives in Maplewood/South Orange. We also welcome the opportunity to let more people know about the work we help support."

Julie Doran of the Maplewood Village Alliance and Springfield Avenue Partnership expressed her gratitude to Keller Williams and all the participating restaurants for contributing to the cause of fighting hunger. We are thrilled to be able to make Maplewood Restaurant Week 2014 a platform for supporting Rent Party Pantry’s mission. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy our wonderful eating establishments and know they are helping to fight hunger in their community.”

Check http://www.MaplewoodNJRestaurantWeek.com for a list of participating restaurants and canned good collection locations. Visit rentpartylive.com for more information about Rent Party.

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