Good Taste Tour offers taste of the town in support of Loving Spoonful

Residents and tourists alike have a new opportunity to eat, drink and shop locally to support the Kingston business community while also supporting a good cause. The new Passport to the Good Taste Tour offers the holder discounts at local businesses.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Loving Spoonful to cancel their two major fundraising efforts this year: “The UnWasted Dinner” in July and “Night Market” in August.

These generous local businesses have come together to ensure that Loving Spoonful can continue to raise funds to offset the lost event season:

  • Aqua Terra
  • Awesome and Beyond
  • Black Dog Tavern
  • Cocoa Bistro
  • General Brock’s Commissary
  • Merchant Tap House
  • Riverhead Brewing Company
  • Spearhead Brewing Company
  • Skeleton Park Brewery
  • The Cat’s Pajamas
  • The Public House
  • Three Dog Winery
  • Trailhead Kingston
  • Union Kitchen & Cocktails

The Good Taste Tour passport is available at General Brock’s Commissary, Cocoa Bistro and online under “Good Taste Tour” on Eventbrite. Each passport is $100 and funds go directly to helping Loving Spoonful continue to connect people with good food.

Melanie Redman, Operations Manager for Loving Spoonful, answers questions about the Good Taste Tour:

Kingstonist reached out to Loving Spoonful for more details about the Good Taste Tour.

K – What exactly are people getting with this passport? 

MR – The passport was intended to not only provide support for Loving Spoonful, but local business as well. It is a difficult time for charities and business owners. Purchasers of the passport receive discounts at various local businesses. New and regular customers will be the driving force behind local business success.  The passport might re-introduce our supporters to a favorite restaurant, a new patio, brewery or store. Using the passport not only supports Loving Spoonful,  but also shows charity minded local businesses that you appreciate their philanthropic partnerships in the community.

K – How many places benefit from your (Loving Spoonful’s) work? Are there specific programs benefiting from the money being raised by this initiative?

MR – Loving Spoonful regularly supports over 40 meal programs, pantries and shelters across the city, stocks fresh food market stands at various locations, runs food education programming through various Community Kitchen programs and teaches hundreds of students across the district through the school based GROW  Project. These initiatives are teamed with managing The Community Garden Network and Good Food advocacy. The pandemic may have changed how we work, but not what we do. Our staff have been committed since day one to finding solutions to keeping food flowing and programming active. This fundraiser will support all of Loving Spoonful’s work.

K – You say you’re hoping to benefit from a lost event season – can you expand on that? How many events didn’t run due to the pandemic?

MR – Typically, Loving Spoonful hosts “The UnWasted Dinner” in July and “Night Market” in August. These two events are major fundraisers for the organization and account for a good portion of total annual fundraising. We hope that anyone who would have attended those events, will consider buying a passport to not only help Loving Spoonful recoup lost income but also use the passport to enjoy the relative safety of our area and help local business survive and prosper.

Loving Spoonful would like to thank the 14 local businesses who have participated in the Passport and Luca Andolfatto for his generous sponsorship.

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