After a difficult year for businesses and restaurants due to the Pandemic, Centre County is celebrating the return of “Culinary Week” with a new name and new plans. The revamped Happy Valley Restaurant Week will begin this coming Monday, and it will include restaurants from Downtown State College to places like Bellefonte and Howard.
Previously, the weeklong event was organized by the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, but they are crediting the event’s new life to a new face, Maggie Anderson. Edward Stoddard, Communications Director of the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau saying: “Well Maggie is very engaged with the rest. community, so she knows the rest. product, knows the people in the area and she is a great person to coordinate this new restaurant week.”
The old format followed cities like New York, and Philadelphia’s Restaurant Week with businesses offering single-priced, three course meals. But this year, local restaurants were challenged with creating a specialty dish that’s not available every day. Stoddard adding: “Restaurants want to show off during this week so they are making some really creative menu items to feature during restaurant week that are going to hopefully excite and entice people to come out.”
So far, there are 21 restaurants throughout Centre County participating, and most say this week couldn’t come at a better time. Stoddard saying: “You just can’t come back from what we went through economically overnight. You have to do things to do things to re-energize to get people out experiencing and seeing all the great places and rest. that there are in happy valley.”
And the after affects of the Pandemic are still weighing heavy on local businesses. Stoddard adding: “Be patient when you go out to the restaurant. It’s a hard time for people to find workers and so go out and enjoy them and relax and have time for your meal, be patient with them, and remember to tip well.”
For a full list of participating restaurants, you can head to their website at: happyvalleyrestaurantweek.com