Time to sign up "From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out" 2012
The From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out is an event that is easy for restaurants to participate in, helps the local watermen, and helps the environment all at the same time. During this promotion, October 6th until the 13th, participating restaurants will feature at least one Maryland seafood dish. You may run whichever items work best for your restaurant, whether that be crab cakes or a po’ boy sandwich. For each dish that is sold restaurants will donate $1 to the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP). ORP is a non-profit that works to restore the native oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. Last year nearly 200 restaurants came together and raised over $25,000, which allowed us to put over 3 million baby oysters into the water. The top 3 grossing restaurants will win a day on the bay for up to six members of their staff as a thank you for your hard work. Menu cards, window clings, staff training, and other promotional assistance will be provided to help make this year’s dine out an even bigger success!
From the Bay, For The Bay
A Celebration of Maryland Seafood
October 6-13, 2012
For a week in October, participating restaurants from Philadelphia to Northern Virginia will be featuring fresh, locally caught Maryland Seafood for their guests. This will be an excellent way to support our local watermen, while enjoying the best seafood the region has to offer.
October is an outstanding month for seafood with many species available including striped bass, crabmeat, oysters, flounder, dogfish, bluefish, lobster, and scallops being in season and on menus throughout the region.
Each of the participating restaurants is donating $1.00 for every Maryland seafood dinner that is sold during this week to the Oyster Recovery Partnership in Annapolis, MD (http://oysterrecoverypartnership.squarespace.com/), a non-profit organization that works to replenish the population of our native and treasured Chesapeake Bay oyster.
Over the last decade, the Oyster Recovery Partnership has replanted hundreds of millions of oysters in the bay. Oysters are a critical species to the Bay's long term recovery -- a healthy oyster reef not only filters the Bay's waters, but also provides a firm, elevated bed that supports a community and habitat for other marine wildlife, like blue crabs and striped bass. So while you are enjoying a great meal you will be supporting watermen and helping to restore this iconic Chesapeake species.
If you are interested in participating in this promotion feel free to contact Steve Vilnit and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.