The holidays are a wonderful time to bring friends and family together, and a great opportunity to support your local community. Here are 5 creative ways that you can support restaurants during this holiday season.
1. Host a virtual holiday-party with a restaurant
Many restaurants are offering special culinary experiences like cocktail making classes, cookie decorating classes, and even gingerbread making classes. Organizations like Virtual Dining Chicago have multiple different virtual events, and can help you curate your own, so don’t miss that holiday party experience this year with friends and family.
2. Let the restaurants take care of the cooking
Christmas Dinner fully prepared and ready to go while you sit back and sip mulled wine? Heck. Yes. Not only are you supporting a restaurant by purchasing a holiday meal, but you also get to leave the cooking to someone else (Double-win). If you’re in Nashville, check out Puckett’s holiday meal to go.
3. Buy your trees, decorations, and gingerbread houses from restaurants
While stopping by for an outdoor dining experience at your local favorite, don’t forget to grab a tree, wreath, decorations, or gingerbread house kit before you leave. Park & Field, Bungalow by Middle Brow, Colectivo Coffee, and Renallis are just a few of the many places that have holiday decor. (Middle Brow Bungalow was a Trust20 team favorite this year!)
4. Include your favorite restaurant on your holiday card list
A little act of kindness can go a long way. Follow Relish Works’ lead with their #restaurantloveletters project, by adding your favorite restaurants, cafes, bars and breweries to your holiday card list this year - just to let ‘em know you’re thinking of them this holiday season.
5. Swap out those Visa and Amex gift cards for restaurant gift cards
Most restaurants and restaurant groups are fully up and running with gift cards in e-form or physical form for you to hand over to someone with their holiday greeting. Not quite sure what to get this year for that impossible-gift-receiver in your group? Now you know.
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