Restaurant Group to Host Three Benefits for Local Non-Profit Organizations
PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN — MAY 2023 — In 2017, Wineguys Restaurant Group (owners of City Park Grill, Palette Bistro, and Roast & Toast in Petoskey) started Eating for Others. The goal: recognize deserving local non-profit organizations. Now in its 8th year, Wineguys restaurants continue to donate 10% of breakfast, lunch and dinner proceeds from the first three Wednesdays in May.
From soup and coffee donations, from contributing to local non-profit organizations to supporting area events, “giving back to the community is just a part of who we are as a company,” shares Wineguys Restaurant Group Partner Joe Keedy. “This year, our team collaborated and designated three deserving organizations for our annual Eating for Others series.”
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 through City of Petoskey and Rotary Club of Petoskey collaboration. 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.”
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 17, at Roast & Toast
(During the Roast & Toast 30th Anniversary Week-long Celebration)
Lake Street & McLaren Medical Building Locations
Beneficiary: Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (watershedcouncil.org)
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.
“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.”