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.