The 3rd annual Starkville Restaurant Week capped off a successful event yesterday with the presentation of $5000 to the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic, our grand prize charity winner. The check was presented to the clinic by Cadence Bank, SRW Presenting Sponsor, at a press conference held at the Cadence Bank Plaza on Main Street.
“Cadence is proud and honored to be the presenting sponsor once again this year for the third annual Starkville Restaurant Week,” said Jimmy Abraham, Vice Chairman for Client and Business Relations at Cadence Bank. “Part of our mission for over 127 years has been, is, and will continue to be deeply invested in our community and promote economic development initiatives in Starkville.”
With over 12,000 charity ballots cast this year, Starkville Restaurant Week remains the largest restaurant week in the state, and it’s economic impact to the community can be measured most directly in the increase of 2% food and beverage taxes. According to Jennifer Gregory, CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, past Starkville Restaurant Week events have netted large returns in that revenue. In 2014, the month of March when SRW is held produced the highest 2% food and beverage tax collections on record for the city of Starkville. The revenue showed a 5.75% increase over the already successful collections of March 2013 when Starkville Restaurant Week launched.
“The success of Starkville Restaurant Week over the last three years is a true testament to the strength and diversity of our restaurant community,” Gregory said. “We love this event because it brings the community together on the premise of charitable organizations as well as benefitting local businesses and the community as a whole.”
For the past two years, the Starkville Convention & Visitors Bureau, which runs the event, has secured sponsorships to ensure that none of the top three charities walk away from Starkville Restaurant Week empty-handed. Second and third place monetary awards were awarded again this year, in addition to the $5000 grand prize.
Vollor Law Firm, our Gold Plate Charity Sponsor, award the second prize of $1000 to Starkville Habitat for Humanity.
Our third place charity, Salvation Army, received $500 from Scrub-Ville, our Silver Spoon Charity Sponsor.
Thirty-one restaurants participated in Starkville Restaurant Week for 2015. For the second year, the Starkville Convention & Visitors Bureau presented the Good Eats Do Good Award to the restaurant with the most outstanding participation in the event through the number of completed ballots generated. This year’s recipient was The Veranda.
In addition to our three charity sponsors, our Gold Plate Event Sponsors include The Dispatch, Tellos, WCBI, 96.1 and Urgent Team. Silver Spoon Event Sponsors include Umi and Copy Cow.
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is proud to support and produce Starkville Restaurant Week as part of the Starkville Convention & Visitors Bureau program of work. With 31 restaurants, 3 local charities, and an impressive slate of business sponsors, the annual event is a community effort achieving positive economic impact for Starkville and Oktibbeha County.