Sample the region’s best cuisine at Winter in the City

Last updated: February 20. 2014 2:53PM - 563 Views
By Geri Anne Kaikowski gkaikowski@civitasmedia.com

Bernie Maopolski, left, Basil Bannister and Paul Migliorino attended January's Winter in the City event.
Bernie Maopolski, left, Basil Bannister and Paul Migliorino attended January's Winter in the City event.
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What: Winter in the City

Where: Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton

When: 5:30-8 tonight

Admission: $20

More info: 570-963-9501


Scranton Tomorrow is a non-profit organization committed to the economic, recreational, cultural and collective improvement of the Greater Scranton Area.

It began in 1992 as a collaborative team of volunteers, donors, downtown businesses, staff and board members working together to improve the city.

Scranton Tomorrow is focused on four major community and economic development projects in Scranton: Artspace, Community Housing Land Trust, Main Street/Scranton Business Alliance and the Scranton Riverfront Partnership.


• Amadeo’s Italian Restaurant

• Arcaro & Genell

• Atami Sushi

• Bar Hill

• Bella Faccias Chocolates & Gifts

• Cafe Classico

• Cafe Rinaldi

• Cafe Trio

• Carl von Luger Steak & Seafood

• Carmen’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

• Chocolate Creations

• Coney Island Lunch

• Domino’s Pizza

• Formosa Restaurant

• Fratelli’s Pizza & Pasta House

• Gubbio’s Restaurant

• Hilton Scranton & Conference Center

• Jilly’s Restaurant

• Kelly’s Pub

• Kildare’s Irish Pub

• Kyoto Japanese Cuisine

• LaTrattoria Restaurant

• Madchef & Company

• Nina’s

• Parker House

• Pilosi Family Restaurant

• Pizza by Pappas

• POSH at the Scranton Club

• Sambuca Grille & Bar

• Schiff’s Restaurant Services, Inc.

• Sibio’s Restaurant

• Sidel’s Restaurant & Lounge

• Six East Restauant

• Something Cheesy

• Steamtown Pub & Grill

• Stirna’s Restaurant

• Thai Thai Scranton

• The Blue Shutters

• The Colonnade

• Vincenzo’s Pizzeria

• Yakitori Sushi & Grill

Hungry? But don’t know what to eat? Or just itching to try that new restaurant in the area but don’t want to commit to a sit-down dinner?

You’re likely to find something pleasing on the menu at tonight’s Winter in the City event. The Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton, will be the site of about 40 all-you-can-eat stations of food from local restaurants. But that isn’t all. There are drinks, live music and a silent auction.

This is the 11th year for the event, which is sponsored by Scranton Tomorrow, a nonprofit group that works to promote the downtown. Winter in the City, the second of the two such events — the other was in January — will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

“For some people, it’s just a great sampling of food and entertainment and they go out to dinner and a show afterward,” said Leslie Collins, executive director of Scranton Tomorrow. “But for others, this is their evening out.”

Collins said all types of cuisine will be served, from Italian and Asian to basic American fare, such as hotdogs and french fries. “It’s really a great sampling,” she said.

But the event isn’t all about food, though with such a whopping array of mouth-watering dishes, it very well could be. “It’s a fun atmosphere,” Collins said. “We have a great mix of people. It’s a mix of all ages, which really makes it a unique event.”

She said about 250 guests are expected. Ticket price includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Collins said the group likes to add a few new restaurants at each event to change up the menu. “It’s the type of event that promotes not only downtown restaurants but also eateries throughout our entire region,” she said.

A new item this year is a wine tasting by Capra Collina Winery.

Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change will perform. The group has performed at past events and has a good following, Collins said.

Guests also can bid on items at a silent auction that will include merchandise such as jewelry and services from area businesses, restaurants, hotels and entertainment complexes.

The fundraiser serves as Scranton Tomorrow’s biggest source of revenue and has grown in scope and popularity over the years.

Proceeds help the organization with its Main Street Scranton project, which supports the city and its businesses as well as downtown cleanups.

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