Watertown Eating Institution Starts GoFundMe Effort to Keep Doors Open

Deluxe Town Diner in Coolidge Square. The owners of Deluxe Town Diner have started an effort to try to raise $100,000 to keep the Coolidge Square institution afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic. Donors who give $100 or more will get a gift card worth $110 to use at the diner. Owner Don Levy posted the following information on the GoFundMe.com page:

Our family owned diner, has been serving Watertown area since 1947, the Covid19 pandemic has in big ways Adversely impacted our business,We survive the 3 months doing take out only, and now its necessary to ask for some help, ” TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN”.  Due to restrictions we  are only  able to service, “less than half of our customers”.  We are asking our loyal customers and friends to donate, and to also buy future food at the diner gift card. $100 cash payment, we will issue $110 in diner card to be used now and in the future , when we are back to the normal.

Eat Well Watertown Hosting Virtual Fall Harvest Fest

The following information was provided by Eat Well Watertown, a program of the Watertown Department of Health:

Join us for our first Eat Well Watertown virtual class via Zoom! Tuesday, November 17 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Registration Required (See Below). Join the Watertown Farmers’ Market Culinary Corner Chefs in celebrating the fall harvest and the end of the 2020 Watertown Farmers’ Market season! This year’s Virtual Fall Harvest Fest will feature versatile vegetarian dishes for your Thanksgiving table including a short demonstration on preparing a delicious Roasted Apple and Winter Squash Soup.

Final Watertown Farmers Market of 2020, Fall CSA Program

The following information was provided by the Watertown Farmers Market:

The Watertown Farmers’ Market wraps up this week. Last chance to stock up on all your market faves! Support local and keep your pantries and freezers well stocked for the week’s ahead. It’s time to start making your shopping lists and placing preorders for the final market of the 2020 season! This week’s rotating vendors are Flores de Cafe and We Grow Microgreens.

New Chinese Restaurant Opens in Watertown

Number 1 Taste opened on in Watertown recently, and boast 30 years of experience. The Chinese restaurant opened at 39 Galen Street. The restaurant also has locations in Belmont, Arlington and Melrose. The Number 1 Taste Watertown website says:

“With over 30 years of experience cooking in the best restaurants, our chefs is excited to bring Watertown/Newton Area what we do best. We are committed to prepare each meal to order.

Restaurant Hosting ‘Hops for Hope’ to Raise Money to Fight Breast Cancer

The following information was provided by Arsenal Yards:

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the new City Works in Arsenal Yards hosts Hops for Hope this October. Here’s how it works:

Throughout the month, City Works will donate $1 of every Bottlenectar beer sold to the Lynn Sage Foundation. Bottlenectar, a light bodied pale ale showcasing unique Huell Melon hops, is a special collaboration beer between Bottleneck and Goose Island.To match the donation, Goose Island will also donate $1 for every Bottlenectar beer sold.Guests rest assured that they are in a safe environment, supporting their neighborhood restaurant, and supporting breast cancer research

To date, Bottleneck Management, which owns and operates City Works Eatery & Pour House, has raised over $10,000 for the Lynn Sage Scholars Program! Might Hops for Hope be of interest for a feature with Watertown News, or any roundups on Breast Cancer Awareness Month that you might be working on?

Farmers Market Organizers Pleased with Turnout, Look to Extend Access to Fresh Produce

With the pandemic shutdown in full force, the organizers of the Watertown Farmers Market had to consider whether they should host the weekly market in 2020 and, if so, how they could do it safely and whether people would come out. As the season nears its end, organizers are pleased with how the market turned out. Stephanie Venizelos, the Town’s Community Wellness Program Manager and Farmers Market Manager, said the market at Saltonstall Park got a good crowd every Wednesday over the summer and into the fall. “No one knew what to anticipate. We’ve been bringing in 500-700 people a week.