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Local Restaurant Group Supports Local Non-profit Organizations

30 Aug

Local Restaurant Group Supports Local Non-profit Organizations

Summer 2023 | PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN — As a way to give back to the community and recognize local non-profit organizations, Wineguys Restaurant Group (owners of City Park Grill, Palette Bistro, and Roast & Toast in Petoskey) created Eating For Others in 2017. This year marked its 8th year. Three organizations were selected to receive a percentage of dining proceeds on designated days.

“Eating for Others is just one way for us to give back to organizations that impact northern Michigan and make a difference in our community,” says Wineguys partner Joe Keedy.

This year’s Eating for Others events focused on support for the following worthy organizations:

City Park Grill
Eating for Others Beneficiary:
Friends of the Winter Sports Park (friendsofthewintersportspark.com) | $500 Donation

For nearly 120 years, the Winter Sports Park in Petoskey “has been a landmark community space for families to enjoy a northern Michigan winter,” explains friendsofthewintersportspark.com. Thirty years ago, the lodge was built with collaboration between the City of Petoskey and Rotary Club of Petoskey. Today, Friends of the Winter Sports Park aims to improve and expand the park by “creating an all-season space that could be a destination for generations to come.”

“Most of us within the Wineguys family have enjoyed the Winter Sports Park,” shares Wineguys partner Patrick Faylor. “As kids, we learned to skate. As parents, we took our own kids to skate and sled. It really is a special place, and we’re excited to help the organization reach their goal of creating a year-round recreation area.”


Palette Bistro
Eating for Others Beneficiary:
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (groundworkcenter.org) | $1000 Sponsorship

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 its 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.”


Roast & Toast (Lake Street and McLaren Locations)
Eating for Others Beneficiary:
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (watershedcouncil.org) | $500 Donation

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

In addition to Eating for Others, Wineguys Restaurant Group is community driven and continues to support northern Michigan by featuring local Michigan farmers and purveyors, like Martinchek Dairy, Plath’s Meats, Coveyou Farm, and Alden Mill House. Roast & Toast provides soup to Brother Dan’s Food Pantry, as well as food and coffee donations to Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Crooked Tree Art Center and Top of Michigan Trails Council, to name a few. In total, they support over 35 different organizations through monetary and food/coffee donations. Interested in learning more, visit wineguysgroup.com/community.


Wineguys Restaurant Group includes Roast & Toast, Palette Bistro and City Park Grill, all within Petoskey’s Gaslight District, plus, Jax Northside in Charlevoix. Wineguys Catering infuses the best of each restaurant. For information about the restaurant and catering collection, visit wineguysgroup.com or call 231.347.0101.

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