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EDITOR’S NOTE: This column, provided by the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, discusses tourism events on the horizon.
The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has long realized that one-of-a-kind dining and family-owned restaurants are destination drivers for our tourism niche. This region is truly blessed with so many great eats and fun places that we take it for granted. From the great dives and greasy spoons we have to the eclectic eats and a savory surprise, this region has enough to satisfy even the most difficult taste buds.
From Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 19, arguably the region’s best restaurants have stepped up to the plate to please our insatiable summer appetites as part of Alton’s All Star Restaurant Week. Coinciding with Major League Baseball’s All Star Break, our All Star restaurants have put together menus to deliver. 20 locally owned restaurants are on deck for this exciting event showcasing $10 pre-fixed lunch menus and $25 pre-fixed dinner menus. Thanks to a partnership with Donnewald Distributing, the Alton Visitor Center will be giving out a free St. Louis Cardinals pint glass to those that bring in a receipt from participating restaurants (while supplies last). All of the menus and details can be found at www.AltonRestaurantWeek.com.
Our hats go off to the 20 participating restaurants and our week’s sponsors, which include Lewis & Clark Community College, Liberty Bank, Alton Memorial Hospital, OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, Argosy Casino and Donnewald Distributing Co.
Another exciting display of the CVB’s commitment to our region’s culinary delight is a brand-new 16-page “Foodie” publication of our region’s great eats. This new resource for the avid eater highlights local favorites, dining traditions, brews and wines, diners and dives. We are certain once visitors arrive, this new guide will become a source for them to devour their way through this tasty region. The new guide will be at the Alton Visitor Center at the end of this month and online at www.VisitAlton.com.
Stawar is president and CEO of the CVB, which works for the vested interests of hospitality partners in northwestern Madison County and all of Jersey and Calhoun counties.