Lynchburg Hunger Relief 2013 Event

Monday, April 22, 2013, 6-8pm
Phase 2
4009 Murray Place, Lynchburg, VA
$30/in advance; $35/at the door

Over 35 vendors (food and beverage providers) will be showcasing their signature dishes/drinks for sampling at this year’s Lynchburg Cooks for Hunger Relief.

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Each year, the Lynchburg Cooks for Hunger Relief committee reviews area non-profits that are working to end hunger in our region. They select three each year to split 100% of the proceeds from the event. To date, they have donated over $240,000 to area charities focusing on hunger.

This year, the receiving Non-Profits are: Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging (United Way Partner Agency), Piedmont Community Impact Organization (United Way Partner agency) and Rivermont Area Emergency Food Pantry.

Area restaurant owners MJ & Rob Pearson (Charley’s) and Kevin Middleton (Bull’s) realized back in 1992 that hunger and food insecurity in our area was a growing issue. Being so linked with the food service industry, they felt it a great partnership to pair restaurants and distributors with a cause they were tightly connected to and could impact.

“The support has been overwhelming, especially to sustain it for 22 years! Not only from the restaurant owners, managers, distributors and volunteers, but from the community as a whole,” says event organizer Keena Wood. “There are two things I know about Central Virginians; they love good food and they love to help out their neighbors. This event allows them to do both!”

Live music will be performed by The Almost Brothers Band. There will also be a silent auction with some great items up for bid.

Tickets can be purchased at LynchburgTickets.com at $30 in advance, $35 at the door or by calling United Way of Central Virginia at 434-846-8467. All vendors are included in the price of the ticket (21 and older for alcoholic beverages).

More information can be found at LynchburgTickets.com, UnitedWayCV.org or on Facebook with United Way of Central Virginia.

For those interested in volunteering or helping with next year’s event, please contact MJ or Rob Pearson (434-237-5988) or Kevin Middleton (434-385-7581).

Participating Restaurants:

Applebee’s
Applemarket
Associated Distributing
Benjamin’s
Bloop
Blue Marlin
Blue Ridge Beverage
Bull’s Steakhouse
Carol’s Place
Catalano’s Delicatessen
Charley’s
Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
The Crown Sterling
The Dahlia
Dish
Holiday Inn-Downtown
Isabella’s Italian Trattoria
Jersey Mike’s
Jimmy’s on the James
Koto Grill
Kroger Bistro
Magnolia Foods
Market at Main
Mangia
Monte Carlo
Neighbor’s Place
New London House
Olde Liberty Station
Olive Garden
Pepsi
Perky’s
Phase 2
Phila-Deli
Roanoke Valley Wine Co.
Roly Poly
S&D Coffee
Shakers
Subway
Valley View
Virginia Eagle

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Week 5: Best of Lynchburg Dining Award Winners, part 2

Here it is, our final winners in the Best of Lynchburg 2013 Dining Awards! You voted for the winners and here are the best of the best! Our “Best Overall Restaurant” winner will be announced in the print issue of the Lynchburg Menu, out May 2013.

Best New Restaurant in Lynchburg
Platinum: Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Gold: Chipotle
Silver: Blue Orchid Thai Restaurant

Best Downtown Restaurant
Platinum: Shoemakers American Grille
Gold: Waterstone Pizza
Silver: Robin Alexander

Top Chef (please list restaurant and chef’s name)
Platinum: Roger Murphy at Shoemakers American Grille
Gold: Alex Richardson at Robin Alexander
Silver: Sean Meeks at Isabella’s Italian Trattoria

Best to See & Be Seen
Platinum: The Neighbors Place
Gold: Waterstone Pizza
Silver: Shoemakers American Grille

Week 5: Best of Lynchburg Dining Awards, part 1

Place You Never Get Tired Of
Platinum: Waterstone Pizza
Gold: Shoemakers American Grille
Silver: La Carreta

Best Anniversaries/Special Occasions
Platinum: Shoemakers American Grille
Gold: The Crown Sterling
Silver: Robin Alexander

Best Hotel Restaurant
Platinum: Shoemakers American Grille (Craddock Terry Hotel)
Gold: Waterstone Pizza (Craddock Terry Hotel)
Silver: The Kirkley Hotel

Best Live Entertainment
Platinum: Phase 2
Gold: The Stoney Badger
Silver: Benjamin’s Restaurant, Jimmy’s on the James

Best Club
Platinum: Phase 2
Gold: Robin Alexander
Silver: Bull Branch, The Stoney Badger

Week 4: Best of Lynchburg Dining Awards, part 2

Best Appetizers
Platinum: Shoemakers American Grille
Gold: Mangia
Silver: Waterstone Pizza

Best Desserts
Platinum: Shoemakers American Grille
Gold: Main St. Eatery and Catering Co.
Silver: The Neighbors Place

Best Wine List
Platinum: Shoemakers American Grille
Gold: Isabella’s Italian Trattoria
Silver: The Crown Sterling

Best Local Craft Beer
Platinum: Waterstone Pizza
Gold: Rivermont Pizza
Silver: Jefferson Street Brewery

Best Cocktails
Platinum: Robin Alexander
Gold: Shoemakers American Grille
Silver: The Neighbors Place

Week 4: Best of Lynchburg Dining Awards, part 1

Restaurant With the Best Overall Staff
Platinum: Shoemakers American Grille
Gold: The Crown Sterling
Silver: Robin Alexander

Best Simple Meals
Platinum: Waterstone Pizza
Gold: Market at Main
Silver: Country Kitchen

Best Deli
Platinum: Catalano’s Delicatessen
Gold: Westside Deli
Silver: Magnolia Foods

Best Late Night Dinner
Platinum: Texas Inn
Gold: Robin Alexander
Silver: Cook Out

Best Destination Restaurant (within one hour’s drive)
Platinum: Millstone Tea Room
Gold: Perky’s Restaurant
Silver: Devils Backbone Brewery

Week 3: Best of Lynchburg Dining Awards, part 2

Best Traditional Virginia Food
Platinum: The Crown Sterling
Gold: Market at Main
Silver (tie): Country Kitchen, Benjamin’s Restaurant

Best for Talking Business
Platinum: Shoemakers American Grille
Gold: The Neighbors Place
Silver: Robin Alexander

Best Kids Menu
Platinum: The Depot Grille
Gold: Waterstone Pizza
Silver: The Neighbors Place

Best Happy Hour Deals
Platinum: Mangia
Gold (tie): The Neighbors Place, Shoemakers American Grille

Best Comfort Food
Platinum: Country Kitchen
Gold: Market at Main
Silver: Thai ’99 Restaurant

Week 3: Best of Lynchburg Dining Awards, part 1

Best Buffet
Platinum: Choice Hibachi Buffet
Gold: King’s Island Restaurant
Silver: Golden Corral

Best Takeout
Platinum: King’s Island Restaurant
Gold: Osaka Japanese Express
Silver: Blue Orchid Thai Restaurant

Best Healthy Plates
Platinum: The Neighbors Place
Gold: Blue Orchid Thai Restaurant
Silver: Robin Alexander

Best Sunday Brunches
Platinum: Isabella’s Italian Trattoria
Gold: Benjamin’s Restaurant
Silver: The Neighbors Place

Best Outdoor Patio
Platinum: Mangia
Gold: Waterstone Pizza
Silver: Robin Alexander