Restaurant Group to Hosts “Eating for Others” to Benefit Local Non-Profit Organizations

7 May

Restaurant Group to Hosts “Eating for Others” to Benefit Local Non-Profit Organizations

PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN — MAY 2024 — Since its inception in 2017, Wineguys Restaurant Group annual Eating for Others events have been providing community support to local non-profit organizations. This philanthropic endeavor, hosted by Wineguys eateries — City Park Grill, Palette Bistro, and Roast & Toast in Petoskey — aims to spotlight and support local three organizations. Now celebrating its 8th year, Wineguys restaurants will donate 10% of dining proceeds on three designated Wednesdays in May.

As Wineguys Partner and Palette Bistro General Manager Joe Keedy emphasizes, “We consider it our privilege to contribute, whether it’s through soup and coffee donations to Brother Dan’s Food Pantry, supporting local non-profits and schools fundraisers, or participating in area events. Giving back is ingrained in our company culture.” This year, the Wineguys team designated three deserving organizations to benefit from the annual Eating for Others series, “just another way of supporting well-deserving community organizations,” Keedy adds.


Wednesday, May 15, at Roast & Toast

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Beneficiary: Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (

Northern Michigan contains some of the most important, diverse and pristine water resources on earth. Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council protects these waters — Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and ground water — for future generations to enjoy their unspoiled character. Since 1979, the Watershed Council has protected the water resources of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties. Supported by members of full-time and seasonal residents, lake associations and businesses, the Watershed Council focus is on environmental integrity and economic and aesthetic values of water resources.

“The entire Wineguys restaurant family is keenly aware of our fortunate geographic locale,” explains Ben Walker, Roast & Toast Partner and General Manager. “We work diligently to reduce our carbon footprint and to support organizations that improve the environment.” Wineguys as a whole, for example, has shifted to post-consumer and recyclable take-out containers at each restaurant. Palette Bistro eliminated plastic straws several years ago. And, each restaurant embraces extensive recycling and composting practices.

“We are all, especially restaurants, huge water consumers. We brew our coffee with it. We serve fish from our lakes and streams. We swim and boat. And, we hope our support of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council helps in their efforts to protect these amazing water resources,” Walker adds.


Wednesday, May 22, at Palette Bistro

Beneficiary: Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (

Founded in 1995, Groundwork focuses on locally based solutions that create a clean environment, strong economy and healthy community. Programs include climate and clean energy projects, farm-to-school support, community design and more.

Consistently, the Wineguys Restaurant Group business model emphasizes minimizing carbon footprint while supporting the community at large, ultimately helping the planet. “We planned our business model to co-exist with our environmental commitment,” Keedy adds. “And, Groundwork shares in this commitment both locally and on a statewide level.”


Wednesday, May 29, at City Park Grill

Beneficiary: Challenge Mountain, Celebrating 40th Anniversary (

City Park Grill will proudly recognize Challenge Mountain as the beneficiary of its annual Eating for Others day. This year’s choice holds special significance as Challenge Mountain commemorates four decades of enriching lives through adaptive recreational programs for individuals with disabilities. General Manager Daniel Gosciak, expresses his enthusiasm for supporting this worthy organization, stating, “Challenge Mountain has been an integral part of our community, providing transformative experiences for people with disabilities for 40 years. We are honored to contribute to their mission of inclusivity and empowerment through our Eating for Others day.”

“We were delighted to learn that City Park Grill selected Challenge Mountain as their Eating for Others beneficiary,” expresses Elizabeth Gertz, Executive Director of Challenge Mountain. “We’re excited to showcase information about our organization at City Park on May 29th, alongside an adaptive bike and sit-ski, so guests have the opportunity to see the impact donor support is making for our participants.”


“We are proud to continue the Eating for Others tradition,” Keedy adds. “It gives all of us an opportunity to recognize organizations that are doing great work in our communities.”

As Wineguys Restaurant Group embarks on another year of Eating for Others, the spirit of community engagement and support remains at the forefront of their mission. By patronizing their establishments on the specified Wednesdays in May, diners not only enjoy dining out, but also contribute to the betterment of the community. Join Wineguys in making a meaningful impact and celebrating the spirit of giving.

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