The Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Larimer County Food Bank and the 48 participating restaurants in downtown Fort Collins are thrilled to announce the Great Plates 2022 fundraising total. This year’s promotion raised a record $133,736 in donations for the Food Bank!
Forty-eight downtown restaurants welcomed customers to celebrate Great Plates for the 17th consecutive year. From March 1-14, participating downtown restaurants offered special menus for $25 for a limited time and a la carte items for $2.50. After enjoying their meal, diners were encouraged to share a meal with a neighbor in need by donating directly to the food bank. One hundred percent of proceeds from donations support the food bank’s mission of “providing food to all who need it through community partnerships and hunger relief programs.”
Serving as a community fundraiser, Great Plates is a downtown culinary tradition, eagerly awaited by both the restaurant community and patrons alike. Since forming a partnership with the Food Bank in 2008, donations have grown from a modest $7,360 raised by 29 participating businesses to an impressive $133,736 in 2022 with 48 participants. This year’s donation total was made possible through the hard work of participating restaurants, their staff, and donations provided by the community at large.
“Great Plates is one of downtown’s greatest dining traditions and we look forward to it every year! Last year, Old Town Restaurant Group raised over $50,000 for the food bank thanks to our generous guests and dedicated staff. This year we broke that with over $80,000 in donations! Across downtown, we raised $104,608 in 2021, and I’m blown away by this year’s total and so proud of the generosity and support of our community. As a food bank board member, I can’t even begin to explain how much this donation and campaign means to us. – Ty Fulcher, co-owner of the Old Town restaurant group.
For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide the equivalent of two meals of food. Over the past 17 years, Great Plates of Downtown has raised $964,149, enabling the food bank to provide more than 1.9 million meals of food to community members struggling with food insecurity. Last year, the Larimer County Food Bank distributed 9.6 million pounds of food, enough food for 8 million meals. For more information about the Larimer County Food Bank, visit foodbanklarimer.org.
“We know our community is ready to rally behind our neighbors in need. Even still, the level of support we saw from both restaurants and diners during Great Plates was remarkable,” said Larimer County Food Bank CEO Amy Pezzani. “Those who need our services will see a direct benefit from this exceptional promotion. Funds raised at Great Plates will help us provide our customers with enough food for tens of thousands of meals. We never cease to be amazed by this community’s willingness to care for its most vulnerable residents.
In terms of food bank donations collected, the top four fundraising restaurants this year are: Rodizio Grill, The Melting Pot, Social, Union Bar & Soda Fountain.
Additional thanks to all Great Plates 2022 attendees:
|Ace Gillett’s Lounge & Supper Club||Old Town Ice Cream|
|Austin American Grill||Italian RARE|
|Beau Jo’s Colorado Style Pizza||Restaurant 415|
|Ben & Jerry’s||Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant|
|Big Al’s Burgers and Dogs||Rodizio-Grill|
|Grilled with blue agave||Sonny Lubick’s Steakhouse|
|Butterfly coffee||STUFT a burger bar|
|Ciao Vino Fort Collins||Press and manipulate|
|comet chicken||The twisted cut|
|CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing – Poolside||The Emporium: an American brasserie|
|CooperSmith Pub and Brewery – Pubside||the crucible|
|CopperMuse Distillery||The Regional|
|Korean BBQ Dae Gee||The Reserve from the Old Elk Distillery|
|FoCo Coffee||The Quiet Whiskey Steaks|
|ginger and baker||The waffle lab|
|illegal pete||The Waffle Lab @ The Exchange|
|Jay’s Bistro||The Welsh Rabbit Bistro|
|Kilwins chocolates and ice cream||Tom Kha Thai Asian Bistro|
|La Piadina – Italian flatbread sandwiches||Union Bar and Soda Fountain|
|Cricket cider||Uno Mas Taqueria Y Cantina|
|LuLu Asian Bistro||Vatos Tacos & Tequila|
|Coffee Lounge Mugs||Walrus ice cream|
|ND streetBAR||Yeti Bar & Grill|
Established in 1981, the Downtown Development Authority uses tax-raised funding to spur redevelopment of the central business district and focuses on projects that benefit the entire community. In 2020, the DDA developed a corporate marketing communications program; this program continues and evolves traditional promotions that add vibrancy and vitality to the downtown district.