This week, January 19th through 25th, marks the first year of the Joplin Missouri Restaurant Week (JOMORW)! I'm really excited to see this get organized and taking place. A brainchild of Jason Miller (owner/chef of Instant Karma and Eagle Drive In) and Erryn Jones, there are twenty participating local restaurants, each offering some variety of special deal in exchange for non-perishable food donations for the Crosslines Food Pantry. Crosslines serves an average of 750 families for food requests each month.
That's a stark reminder that whenever we are sitting down at our dinner table at home, or meeting up with friends at any of the great local offerings around town, we have many, many families, in fact, too damned many families, starving... right here in Joplin, Missouri. That means children are going to school hungry, unable to concentrate and learn. That puts them at an instant disadvantage in the world. Crosslines is doing incredible work to try to alleviate some of this hunger and malnutrition. But they rely on donations and volunteers.
This special week brings awareness to the local restaurants in Joplin, benefits a great cause, and most importantly, helps other members of our community that may not be able to provide the necessary nutrition for their families. Patrons can support local business while giving a helping hand to our neighbors, and get a little perk in return.
Each of the twenty restaurants are offering deals such as 2-4-1 specials on their menu items and drinks, a percentage off with a donation, free desserts, free drinks, free side orders, and on and on. I see this as such a win-win situation. And you can register at each participating establishment for a grand prize of twenty $20 gift certificates, one certificate for each restaurant!!! Everyone in the Joplin area should get out on the town, this week, and participate.
Below is a graphic showing the participating restaurants. It's a must that you head over the JOMO Restaurant Week Facebook page and find all the deals being offered. Then, you can put together your local meal itinerary for the week!