Main photo: Jennifer Jerrett, chair of the Rotary Club of Huntsville Evening Satellite Club (right) picks up her Rotary Takeout Tuesday order from the owner of Westside Fish and Chips, Debbie Knobelsdorf (left). (submitted)
Under a new Rotary initiative, when you order delicious takeout from local restaurants, you’re supporting both Rotary’s good works in the community and local businesses.
The Rotary Club of Huntsville Evening Satellite Club, a new branch of Rotary that was chartered in February 2020, is partnering with eight local restaurants for a takeout project every Tuesday.
The restaurants create a special meal every Tuesday night, and five dollars from every order is donated to Rotary for community projects.
Takeout Tuesdays is being run by Rotarian Sharon Wallace, who originally heard about the idea from the Rotary Club of Orillia which had a successful run with a similar initiative.
The Huntsville club started with four local restaurants but the selection quickly grew to eight—East Side Mario’s, Family Place, Main St Local, Marigold Unique Flavour, The Mill on Main, Moose Delaney’s, That Little Place by the Lights, and West Side Fish ‘n’ Chips. And they are willing to take on more restaurants that want to be involved.
“With less tourists and the restrictions on indoor dining, the local businesses need our support right now more than ever,” said Wallace. “So not only are you helping out our local restaurants, but by participating you are helping put money back into bettering our community.”
The club chose Tuesdays because it’s usually a slower day for restaurants, and people can grab takeout after work.
“There’s so many different meal options that something will appeal to everyone as well as different sizes of family,” said Wallace.
Some restaurants are offering family-style meals while others are creating individual portions.
Due to COVID, the club hasn’t yet decided where the funds from this project will go but they are open to ideas from the community.
“We are anxious to roll up our sleeves, get our boots back on the ground in the community and get back to making a difference,” said Wallace.
Weekly menus are posted on the Rotary Facebook page.
Anyone with questions about the project, or local restaurants that want to get involved, can contact Sharon Wallace at [email protected].
The project doesn’t yet have an end date as it’s up to the restaurants how long they want to continue, but Takeout Tuesdays will be available until at least the end of the stay-at-home order on June 2.
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