Charlottesville Restaurants Prep for Winter Restaurant Week

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Starting Sunday, you can enjoy special three-course meals in Charlottesville and provide food for families in need. Businesses are stocking their kitchens and setting the tables for the Charlottesville's winter 2014 restaurant week.

Thirty-three restaurants - including a handful along the downtown mall - have crafted three-course menus for customers and cooking for a cause.

Rapture Restaurant owner Michael Rodi is serving up some sizzling recipes to feature farm-to-table, southern cuisine for the winter 2014 restaurant week in Charlottesville.

"I feel like this year there are just some really wonderful looking menus being offered and unfortunately there are too few days in the week," said Rodi.

Participating restaurants are offering dinner based on three price points, allowing people to enjoy a full meal for $16, $26, or $36.

"It's a chance for people to get out and explore what Charlottesville has to offer," said Rodi.

Customers can check out new dining spots and support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank too.

"So when you think about it, you're having a wonderful meal in one of Charlottesville's excellent restaurants - not only will you be having a great meal, but you'll be providing food for four other people as well," said Joseph Caputi, branch manager of the Thomas Jefferson Area Branch of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

One dollar of every restaurant week meal benefits the charity.

"We've increased our numbers from feeding 113,000 people a month to 118,000 just in the last two months, so every bit of help we can get is always greatly appreciated," said Caputi.

"The contributions really go a long way," said Rodi.

Charlottesville Restaurant Week will run from Sunday until next Saturday. For a full list of participating restaurants and menus, click here.

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