The Northampton Area Chamber Presents:
The Inaugural Northampton Area Restaurant Week
Sunday, March 7 – Saturday, March 13, 2021
Event Information: The Northampton Area Chamber, proud partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce presents its first ever Northampton Area Restaurant Week!
A growing momentum of support for local businesses has been evident throughout the Lehigh Valley, especially when it comes to “eating local.” With Restaurants still at a reduced capacity as we approach the one-year mark of the COVID-19 shutdown in Pennsylvania, it is more important now than ever that communities “dine out” or “takeout” when possible. Luckily, the Northampton Area Chamber is providing the opportunity to do just that – and with great deals to boot!
The inaugural Northampton Area Restaurant Week will be coming to the Northampton Area School District footprint and serving up delicious deals from some of the best restaurants Northampton has to offer! Happening from March 7 through March 13, 2021, the week-long event is designed to shine a spotlight on the diverse and delicious restaurants the Northampton Area while bringing in new customers to local favorites.
“The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Affiliated Chambers have been offering Restaurant Weeks year-long,” said Kylie Adams, AVP of Affiliated Chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Downtown Bethlehem kicked off the year in January, Greater Northern Lehigh wrapped up theirs in February, East Penn Chamber’s runs from February 28 through March 7th. The common theme? Our communities are saying ‘We’re hungry and ready to support local!’”
Participating restaurants will offer “set-price” or “prix fixe” breakfast, lunch, dinner, and/or dessert selections with both takeout, dine-in, and curbside options. Jessica O’Donnell, EVP of Affiliated Chambers, said, “More than ever, we wanted to adapt our Restaurant Week model to fit our businesses. Some are operating with reduced staff and all are operating with reduced capacity; we won’t see the same shoulder-to-shoulder lines out the door we’ve seen in past years, but the desire is still there. This momentum has been extremely positive for our restaurants and we hope will push them through the winter months to spring when outdoor dining may resume fully.”
Menus are designed to satisfy a spectrum of palates, budgets and lifestyles. In their inaugural event, Northampton Area Chamber will be featuring menus from ten local restaurants. Tri-Boro Sportsmen, for example, is offering a blanket 10% discount on takeout and dine-in orders. “Tri-Boro Sportsmen is a perfect example of shining a light on a restaurant who may not come to mind during the pandemic,” said Adams. “While they are known for being an outstanding outdoorsman club, they also have a great restaurant that will serve up a bite to eat, cocktails and more.”
To satisfy the sweetest cravings, Konkrete Creamery, on Cherryville Road, is offering a Sundae Special, playing off of March’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations – this decadent dish includes two scoops of Bailey’s Irish ice cream with a Guinness brownie, whiskey caramel, whipped cream and shamrock sprinkles; they are also offering a free kids cone for any who purchase the sundae (valid on their next visit), and $1 off to-go items.
Also playing into the holiday is Red Wolf Bar & Grill of Bath, PA. They will offer $1 off Lunch Specials (pizzas, wraps, and salads) and $10.95 Shepard’s Pie and $1 off all entrees for dinner. Feeling festive? They have Guinness and Car Bombs specially priced for those of age to indulge in, too.
BeanBath Café owner, Chris Bodnar, said “We are ‘over-the-top’ excited to be participating in the first Northampton Area Restaurant Week. Everything is set and ready to serve tasty meals. We’ve managed to convince the chickens to get back into their coop, the tuna is finally within reach of the shore, and the steers have returned from their Caribbean cruise – in short? We hope to see you real soon.” BeanBath Café participated in its first Restaurant Week in Greater Bath in October and similarly saw great results from local support; family-owned and operated, they serve dine-in, outdoor dining (weather permitting), takeout and curbside pickup for their full menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and more. BeanBath also hosts a full espresso and coffee bar that is sure to please even the most exacting of caffeine aficionados.
Tony Tibaldi, of the Tony Tibaldi State Farm Agency and Presenting Sponsor of the event, expressed his excitement. “The Tony Tibaldi State Farm Agency is so excited to be presenting sponsor for Northampton’s Restaurant Week. We believe supporting local small business is paramount for the success of the community. We will continue to do all that we can support the restaurants involved!”
Reservations are strongly recommended at each restaurant, especially with current mandates in place. With most restaurants operating at 50% capacity, smaller restaurants are filling up quickly. Despite this, Mark Halderman, of Embassy Bank (a Silver Sponsor of the event) and Chair of the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce, noted, “Our Chamber is happy to be able to help our restaurants through these difficult times, and encourage our community to get out and support our friends and neighbors. Whether you dine-in or takeout, every dollar spent in our local businesses goes to better our community — we’re excited to see so many restaurants opening their doors to help our community get back to a sense of normal.” Calling ahead, if reservations are not made, is encouraged, and asking for takeout options is suggested as well.
“Northampton’s restaurant scene is so well known to our local community,” said Kylie Adams, who added that the community buzz on social media has been growing with local restaurants even suggesting and tagging local favorites in the Chamber’s posts. “This is the time to show the Lehigh Valley what we got! From delicious paninis at BeanBath Café to street-style tacos at Santa Fe, to the Gin Mill’s fantastic wings, to upscale Italian at Assante’s, our community is bustling with good eats. Foodies, Northampton should definitely be on your radar.”
With ten restaurants participating from throughout the Northampton Area (including Bath, PA), the variety of restaurants are sure to please. Participating restaurants include: The Gin Mill & Grille (1750 Main Street, Northampton), The Bath Exchange (204 W. Main Street, Bath), Red Wolf Bar & Grill (201. W. Main Street, Bath), BeanBath Café (2425 Plaza Court, Bath), Santa Fe Taco (2022 Main Street, Northampton), Tri-Boro Sportsman Club (2110 Canal Street, Northampton), Assante Ristorante Italiano (2050 Main Street, Northampton), Palermo’s Italian Grill (11 E. 24th Street, Northampton), Mattie’s Strudel Haus (126 W. Main Street, Bath), and Northampton Diner (1205 Main Street, Northampton).
“Our Restaurant Week concept has built so much momentum across the Lehigh Valley, continuing to grow from year to year. As we kick off our inaugural year in Northampton, we’re excited to shine a spotlight on our participating restaurants to not only to our local residents, but to foodies across the Lehigh Valley,” said Jessica O’Donnell, EVP, Affiliated Chambers.
For more information about Northampton Area Restaurant Week, including links to the menus of participating businesses, please visit the Northampton Area Restaurant Week website at: https://www.lehighvalleychamber.org/northamptonrw.html
When: Sunday, March 7 – Saturday, March 13, 2021
Pricing Information: Varies. Menus can be viewed here: https://www.lehighvalleychamber.org/northamptonrw.html
Tony Tibaldi/State Farm Insurance, Presenting Sponsor
Koehler Brothers, Gold Sponsor
Precision Medical, Gold Sponsor
Embassy Bank, Silver Sponsor
ESSA Bank, Bronze Sponsor
Deb Phillips Web Design, Bronze Sponsor
Lehigh Valley Press, Media Sponsor
iHeart Media, Media Sponsor
About the Chamber: The mission of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Area. We accomplish this through business-to-business networking events and marketing products, affinity programs and exclusive, money saving member benefits, training programs, government affairs initiatives and public policy advocacy, and community development enterprises. With nearly 5,000 members who employ more than 200,000, the Chamber is the largest in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in the top ten nationwide.
Information provided to TVL by:
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
Manager of Affiliated Chambers (WACC, GNLCC)