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County Sets Table For Summer Restaurant Week

The promotion features 38 restaurants and begins Friday.

Baltimore County is rolling out the white tablecloth for this year's summer restaurant week.

County officials and business leaders marked the start of the week-plus affair with an opening event at Towson.

The event at  featured samples from that restaurant and five other participating eateries: in Hunt Valley, in Timonium, in Essex, The Milton Inn in Sparks and .

This year's summer restaurant week runs from this Friday, Aug. 10 to Aug. 19 and includes specials ranging from $10.12 to $35.12 at 38 Baltimore County eateries. The restaurant weeks began in 2010 as the brainchild of Milton Inn chef Brian Boston and are modeled off successful programs in Baltimore City and elsewhere.

"Really, it's a great opportunity to visit restaurants that you don't normally get to go to," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "It's a really wide range of restaurants all around the county."

According to county officials, Baltimore County boasts the state's second most productive food service industry, with $1.2 billion in restaurant sales in the 2011 fiscal year (Montgomery County's restaurants booked $1.4 billion). Kamenetz said county restaurants supported 25,000 jobs at 1,240 establishments.

Keith Scott, president of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, said restaurants "build the fabric of the community. They really provide that tie that binds our community together."

For restaurants, it provides a unique opportunity to get noticed.

"It hits a lot of new people as well as our pre-existing customers," said Danielle Rabnick, marketing and sales manager for Basta Pasta, as she passed out plates of a tomato and mozarella crostini, crab balls and a vegetable penne.

George Batlas, executive chef at Cafe Troia, opted to use the restaurant week to create dishes using locally-sourced products like peaches, arugula and beef.

"There's a great opportunity to try new restaurants," he said, as well as "an opportunity to improve local economics for the community, so that's our drive."

In Owings Mills and Reisterstown, participating restaurants include:

Jessica August 09, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I have been trying to contact Baltimore County's Office of Tourism and Promotion, as their website requests, to confirm that Baltimore County Restaurant Week does NOT donate any proceeds of the sales during that week to a charity, as Baltimore City Restaurant Week does. I have emailed them 4 times, and have not received any response, either confirming or denying the statement. Personally, I feel that Baltimore County Restaurant Week purposely follows on the heels of the original Restaurant Week, which DOES donate proceeds to a charity, The Journey Home. That's their choice to not donate money to a charity, and I don't really care one way or the other. However a response from the Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion was all I was after, and yet four emails have gone unanswered. Marc, maybe you can confirm, one way or the other, whether ANY proceeds from Baltimore County Restaurant Week are donated to any charity? Thank you.

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