Savor the Season during Howard County’s Restaurant Weeks and
Rise Up to the Buy Local Challenge!
Restaurant Weeks, a two week promotion sponsored by the Howard County Department of Tourism and Promotion, gives consumers an opportunity to try chef specialities at a great price. Twice a year, local participating restaurants create price fixed meals ranging form $15-45 that typically include an appetizer, entree and desert. Many county residents use these weeks as a time to try a new restaurant for the first time.
This summer’s Restaurant Weeks’ timing ideally coincides with the Southern Maryland Agricultural Commission’s Buy Local Challenge. While these two restaurant weeks are a great time to tantalize your taste buds, the impact of these initiatives together is great in that it is an example of families helping families in the local community. They also reduce the area’s carbon footprint and boost the local economy.
Howard County residents are passionate about where their food comes from. Most participating restaurants are small, family-owned entities. Restaurant Weeks gives chefs the chance to celebrate local sourcing, the practice of purchasing fresh ingredients and produce from local farms. Many participating restaurants will list on their menus where they have locally sourced ingredients.
The buy local initiative has grown over the last five years, as has the Howard County Farm to Fork movement. Local chefs report that it has been an eye opener for restaurants to learn the vast inventory that is available to them from local farms. In addition to providing great ingredients, this is a great partnership for farms and the Howard County community to reduce carbon footprints and boost the local economy.
Kathy Zimmerman, agricultural specialist for the Howard County Economic Development Authority says that it is exciting that in Howard County area farms can locally sell directly to consumers. Many farming communities are not geographically close to their consumers.
When food must travel far to its destination, it loses nutrients because of the variances in temperature and the travel time. Restaurants benefit from working with local producers because they get ingredients delivered within hours of their harvest optimizing the health benefits for consumers.
Ready to make a reservation and help out Howard County? Bon appetit!
Howard County Restaurant Weeks-Participating restaurants and more information
Buy Local Challenge information