Mississippi State University’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability became the first local charity to win Starkville Restaurant Week’s $5,000 grand prize donation twice, securing first place in this year’s event with 4,741 votes.
One statewide and two local organizations will vie for a $5,000 donation during this year’s Starkville Restaurant Week.
The Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau is accepting nominees this month for April’s Starkville Restaurant Week charity competition.
Starkville Restaurant Week begins today, with 31 participants. This year marks the third year of the event, which has been expanded to 10 days, covering two weekends.
Starkville set a new March record for 2 percent food and beverage tax receipts as it reported about $8,300 more this year than it did last year, an improvement tourism officials say was driven by the success of the city’s second annual Restaurant Week.
Representatives of Mississippi State University’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability collected Starkville Restaurant Week’s $5,000 grand prize charity donation Tuesday after the organization received more than 6,000 votes during last week’s competition.
More visitors cast ballots in Starkville Restaurant Week in five days this year than 2013’s entire week, and organizers say they expect weekend baseball crowds to set a high benchmark for future competitions.
Greater Starkville Development Partnership officials are optimistic an influx of in- and out-of-town patrons will visit 33 participating venues, thereby driving up local 2 percent food and beverage tax returns, this week during the second annual Starkville Restaurant Week.
The Homeward Bound Project of Mississippi, Starkville Pregnancy Care Center and Mississippi State University’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability will compete for a combined $6,500 in donations during this year’s Starkville Restaurant Week, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership announced Tuesday.
Members of the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau picked three finalists Wednesday for the upcoming Restaurant Week’s charity aspect but declined to reveal their identities until next week.