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Starkville Restaurant Week Returns in March — Charity Nominations Open January 20

It’s one of Starkville’s most popular events, and it’s back for the third year! Starkville Restaurant Week will return for 2015 on March 13 – 22 with an expanded ten days to savor the best eateries in Mississippi’s College Town.

In it’s 2013 inaugural year, Starkville Restaurant Week entered the growing celebration of Mississippi’s culinary economy as what proved to be the largest restaurant week in the state. The success of that first year has grown, prompting organizers in the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau to increase the number of featured dining days to ten in 2015, encompassing an additional MSU Baseball weekend. The success and growth of the expanded week come as no surprise to those promoting Starkville’s culinary scene.

“This event has quickly grown to be the largest restaurant week event in the State of Mississippi, and that’s no real surprise, given our excellent and eclectic mix of locally owned and operated restaurants as well as national franchises that create the perfect scene for dining,” shared Jennifer Gregory, CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.

With dining opportunities in Starkville becoming more and more popular, the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau has chosen to focus it’s tourism efforts this spring on Starkville’s growing status as a culinary destination. Four signature annual events are planned for the “Savor Our South” series with Starkville Restaurant Week falling in the middle of the busy spring travel season.

“Starkville currently has more restaurants per capita than any other city in Mississippi, so there’s plenty to choose from and literally something for everyone. The dining scene in Starkville is a large part of our growing economy as we’ve realized that visitors from as far as 60 miles away travel to Starkville just for dining options,” Gregory said.

In previous years, Starkville Restaurant Week has included over 30 locally owned restaurants and franchises, and organizers anticipate at least that many this year as well. The culinary event, which promotes the mantra “Good Eats. Do Good.” also aims to focus attention on local charities.

Diners visiting participating restaurants during March 13-22 will have the opportunity to vote for one of three top local charities to receive a $5000 SRW charity prize. For the third year in a row, Cadence Bank has come on board as the Starkville Restaurant Week charity sponsor, providing $5000 to the charity with the most eater votes at the end of the 10-day period.

The top three local 501c(3) charities that will appear on the 2015 Starkville Restaurant Week ballot will again be chosen based on nominations from the public via the online form at StarkvilleRestaurantWeek.com. Nominations will open on Tuesday, January 20 and run for a three-week period through Monday, February 9. The Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau board will make the final selection of charities included on the ballot based on nominations and the organizations’ impact to the greater Golden Triangle and Starkville community.

“Starkville has truly become a culinary destination,” Gregory added. “So we’re very excited to showcase these fantastic establishments in our upcoming Restaurant Week. The fact that we can also bring attention to the work of great local charities makes it even better.”