Rochester farm to table eateries come together for Feast! Restaurant Week
Rochester, MN – Feast! Local Foods Marketplace returns Dec. 1-2, and
leading up to the event, the Feast! Restaurant Week is a week-long celebration, Nov. 27 -
Dec. 2, to increase awareness of the rich bounty of local farms and food businesses.
Many of the area’s restaurants, pubs and food service source local ingredients consistently,
demonstrating their commitment to regional agriculture with this farm-to-table imperative. Feast!
Restaurant Week allows them to highlight specific ingredients from local farms and food
businesses that are exhibiting at the Feast! food show. They’ll feature these ingredients in meal
and drink specials, or for some, an entire “prix fixe” meal. Customers who order those specials
will not only have the satisfaction of supporting a chain of local businesses at once, they’ll also
receive a coupon for either 2-for-1 general admission or $10 off an adult beer/wine/cider
wristband admission to attend the Feast! festival on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Rochester restaurants participating in Feast! Restaurant Week include the following:
● Bleu Duck
● Grand Rounds Brewing Co.
● Half Barrel
● People’s Food Co-op
Feast! Restaurant Week was the brainchild of People’s Food Co-op Public and Member
Relations Manager Brad Smith, who says, “Food co-ops were doing local before local was cool,
and so were restaurants. We wanted to recognize the area’s farm-to-table restaurants for the
commitment they’ve put into working with local farmers, and being an important market for those
farms. The Feast event seeks out and brings together many of the food businesses that have
product at the People’s Food Co-op, who are also working to support farmers by sourcing
ingredients locally when possible. It’s all about recognizing the important role of small to
mid-sized regional farms.”
“ Feast! Restaurant Week is an opportunity to get involved in the local restaurant scene and
create a greater sense of community,” says Smith. Restaurant Week offerings are available for
a limited time, culminating with the Feast! Local Foods Marketplace event on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Feast! Local Foods Marketplace hosts more than 100 jury-selected exhibitors who show,
sample and sell their artisan food products during the Saturday festival. For more information
visit www.local-feast.org, follow FEAST Local Food Network on Facebook and @Local_Feast
on Twitter. Tweet your favorites with #localFEAST and #FeastRestaurantWeek.