FOX CITIES, Wis. (WBAY) - Fox Cities restaurants take matters into their own hands after organizers of the popular "Restaurant Week" had to cancel the event this year. Still, more than 20 locations plan to participate in the September 14th through 20th experience.
It was late last month when organizers of Fox Cities Restaurant Week announced a break in 2017 would allow them to prepare for 20-18 and beyond.
According to Samantha Dennis, one of the event organizers, "We're just going to take a step back, reform the structure, have some great partnerships and seeing what good collaborative partnerships can come out of this to make it a stable, consistent event for many many years to come."
So, with no formal plans in place, restaurants across the Fox Cities decided to organize their own event: "Restaurant Tour Week - Fox Valley".
"It is a busy time for everybody and when it's busy time for everybody, it's a slower time for the restaurants as well. Realistically it's a good time for us to showcase all of the really neat opportunities in the Fox Valley. There's so many really cool restaurants," adds Scott Roekle with Supple Restaurant Group.
More than 20 places signed up to participate. Pizzerias, brewpubs and others will create unique, three-course lunches or dinners at a fixed rate.
Cindy Wetzel, owner of 'zza Odyssey Pizzeria & Pub says, "We have a chef who likes to create great food and good flavors and he likes putting combinations together so this gives him something to play with and to do to really showcase his skills and capabilities."
A true grassroots effort as each restaurant is doing a little bit of everything to promote the event, so everyone can be successful.