Monday, June 04, 2007

Eating the city

Did the Sunday on the Town yesterday and I'm still recovering.

This is a fund-raiser for the Philharmonic in which you pay one price to tour downtown sampling items at most of the restaurants.

The highlights: Listening to Judeth Shay Burns sing while sipping wine and noshing on a morsel of bacon-wrapped tenderloin at The Famous.

Also, the tortilla soup and the band at Nosh, the FAC Modern's new eats was spicy and good.

Other wonderful stops: Melting Pot, the Mediterranean Cafe, McKenzie's, Sonterra Grill, Jack Quinn, Old Chicago, Alice's.

I haven't yet heard about the total number of people, but the restaurant owners say they had way over 1,000 visitors. It was a bit overwhelming to most.

It has to be a success for the Philharmonic. And it's a great way to introduce people to downtown restaurants (particularly small, out of the way places like Alice's), but there's got to be a way that restaurants can do this without taking such a hit.

Maybe we cut down the number of hours? What do you think?


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