For the second year in a row, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is working with restaurants to raise money for the country’s most visited national park — that’s right, the Blue Ridge Parkway attracts more visitors every year than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon combined.
But it lacks funding, so it needs our help. The Blue Ridge Parkway brings in an estimated $2.3 billion in revenue to localities situated along its path, so it makes sense that some local businesses are giving back. The money raised through this fundraising effort, Plates for the Parkway, will be used for various projects such as the ones described here. Last year, Plates for the Parkway raised $8,000.
Here’s how this works: Participating restaurants agree to donate a certain percentage of their profits between June 10 and 13 to the foundation. Some restaurants plan special events to raise money for their donations. All you have to do is go out to eat at a participating restaurant during the designated time.
Here are the participating restaurants for 2013 and their donation amounts. The foundation is still looking for additional restaurants to support this cause, so if you are a restaurateur reading this and you’d like to help, click here.
* 202 Market, Roanoke, 10% of lunch or dinner on June 10, 11, 12 and 13
* Natasha’s Market Cafe, Floyd, 20% during lunch on June 11, 12
* The River and Rail, Roanoke, 10% lunch and dinner, June 11; 10% lunch on June 12; 10% lunch on June 13
* Chateau Morrisette, Floyd, 20% lunch, June 12
* Local Roots, Roanoke, 15% all day, June 12
* Blue Ridge Restaurant, Floyd, 20% all day June 13
In addition to donating some profits from lunch and dinner service, The River and Rail in South Roanoke is having a Plates for the Parkway benefit dinner at 6:30 p.m. on June 11. That will be a three-course dinner paired with beers from Parkway Brewing Company in Salem. The cost per person is $55, with 10% of the proceeds going to Plates for the Parkway. Call 540-400-6830 to make reservations or e-mail Devon Steiner at email@example.com for more details.
The Floyd Country Store, Veranda Bistro in Roanoke County, and Martin’s in downtown Roanoke are also participating, but their dates are to be determined. Also, there are tons of North Carolina restaurants participating and some Virginia restaurants that are outside of our coverage area. Things are subject to change, so please check out the complete list here.