Colonie Chamber readies for Restaurant Week

Organization kicks off event with a tasting to benefit charity

The Colonie Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their first ever Restaurant Week in mid-October to highlight restaurants around town, and they're kicking the week off in a unique way.

Beginning Oct.18 and continuing through the 23rd, local restaurants will be offering three-course meals for $18.95 to commemorate the date when the town was founded.

On Oct. 17, there will be a kick-off event in the barn at the Pruyn House, where residents will be able to sample food from some of the restaurants.

To enjoy the cuisine, people will have to pay $15 a head, said Tom Nolte, executive director of the Chamber. "They will then choose which nonprofit organization they would like a portion of that money to go to, and we would donate $10 of the $15 to that organization."

He added that people can register at coloniechamber.org, where a drop-down menu will allow them to choose where the money will go. The event will go on from noon until 3 p.m.

Nolte said he brought in "experts" when trying to plan out Restaurant Week, so he contacted Colin Demers, owner of the Century House at 997 New Loudon Road in Cohoes, to seek his advice on how to hold a successful event.

"It's great the town is doing it," said Demers. "I think we're going to showcase a lot of great restaurants."

Excited by the idea of holding a kick-off event, Demers sees the idea as something brand new to promote the special week.

"We got together with Tom, and we knew we needed to do something a little different," he said. "The idea of launching the week with a fundraiser is certainly innovative. It's not something I have seen done before."

Giving back to charity is nothing new to the Century House. Last June, the eatery began providing a meal to the Regional Food Bank on Albany-Shaker Road in Latham by underwriting the cost for the food bank. The Century House has given away 100,000 meals, a benchmark that was hit earlier this month.

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