Restaurant Week a success

On behalf of The New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank everyone for the generous support of a successful fundraising event and our Restaurant Week kickoff, The Taste of the Town Stroll.

On Thursday, Aug. 25, we raised $2,100 for the New Canaan Food Pantry and collected more than 600 item donations as well as 1,000 toothbrushes generously donated by local dentists Mark DeWaele and Bill Fessler.

One of our participating merchants counted more than 800 visitors to the downtown shopping area that evening. We were very pleased with the turnout, despite the rain clouds earlier in the day.

For those of you who missed it, we concluded with a live drawing of restaurant gift cards and prizes donated by participating merchants.

The grand prize giveaway was two business class round trip plane tickets to anywhere in the world, courtesy of American Airlines.

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A special thank you to EJ Couloucoundis for providing our live entertainment and helping us draw the lucky winners and to the sponsors: Bistro Bonne Nuit; Cava; Cherry Street East; Club Sandwich; Fifty Coins; Gates; Kouzina; The Pine Social; Plum Tree; Roger Sherman Inn; Sole; Thali; Tuscan; Aetheria Relaxation Spa; Baskin Robbins; Belgique Chocolatier; Caren Forbes; Clear Channel New Haven; Deane Inc; Design Solutions, Elm Restaurant, Franco's Wine Merchants, L'Armoire, New Balance; NuRenu Brand Marketing; Pimlico; Polo Ralph Lauren; Red Grape Wine & Spirits; Serendipity Magazine; Walter Stewarts Market; and The Wave.

We hope you all enjoyed the night and will join us again next year for an even bigger and better event.

Tucker Murphy, Executive Director

New Canaan Chamber of Commerce