The 8th annual Birmingham Restaurant Week was a success, organizers say, raising nearly $4,000 for Forgotten Harvest.
During Restaurant Week 2013, held in late January and early February, chefs from 20 Birmingham restaurants created special, three-course menus for lunch and dinner costing $15 and $30, respectively.
In addition, several participating restaurants sold raffle tickets to benefit Forgotten Harvest, Birmingham Restaurant Week's official charity partner for two years in a row.
By the end of the two-week-long event, three lucky raffle winners won an "Enjoy Birmingham Package" valued at $500 in gift certificates from businesses such as Adventures in Toys to Qdoba to La Belle Provence.
"Birmingham's Restaurant Week event was a great success in more ways than one," a press release from the Birmingham Principal Shopping District said.
As an incentive to sell more raffle tickets, the Bank of Birmingham offered a reward for the top three servers who raised the most for Forgotten Harvest overall.
Fadwa Aoude, the chef at Elie's Mediterranean Grill, brought home the first-place award, receiving $150. The other two top servers were also from Elie's, with the staff at Elie's selling more than $2,900 in raffle tickets — more than any other participating restaurant.
Restaurants and other Birmingham businesses participating in the Forgotten Harvest raffle include:
- Big Rock Chop House
- Cafe Via
- Forest Grill
- Streetside Seafood
- Astrein's Creative Jewelers