Fourth annual West County Restaurant Week to benefit Autism Speaks

By: Mary Shapiro,

Satisfying area residents’ taste buds ‒ and their desire to help others ‒ will be on the menu during the fourth annual West County Restaurant Week, set for June 9-15.

Some of West County’s finest restaurants will take part in the event, including Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar, Charlie Gitto’s From the Hill, Gianfabio’s Italian Cafe, the Mediterranean Grill, McCormick & Schmick’s, Surf & Sirloin, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, and Villa Farotto. A complete list of participating restaurants and their menus can be found at

Participating restaurants will feature a special three-course, fixed-price dinner menu highlighting their best dishes for $25 plus tax and gratuity. When paying their bill, diners can consider donating an extra $5 to Autism Speaks.

Rob Muckler, a managing partner of event marketing firm R&B Productions LLC, said the event was created four years ago to “help drive business into our local restaurants and to create something fun for our local community.”

“The $25 price will allow customers to revisit classics or explore new favorites,” Muckler said. “There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch – diners simply attend the restaurants of their choice and select from a special three-course dinner menu.”

“This is the third year that we have been fortunate enough to be a part of West County Restaurant Week, which has raised over $2,000 for the Autism Speaks St. Louis chapter,” said April Bloom, senior coordinator – St. Louis for Autism Speaks.

Each guest who donates to Autism Speaks will be entered into a raffle to win four tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game in the Grey Eagle suite, courtesy of Grey Eagle Distributors.

Matteo Terzo, an owner of Gianfabio’s Italian Cafeº in Chesterfield, said his business has taken part in West County Restaurant Week since its inception.

“The event is great exposure for us, lets people see the good value and taste a nice three-course meal from restaurants in the West County area, and also benefits a good cause,” he said.

Event sponsors include West Newsmagazine, St. Louis Magazine, Feast MagazineOut & About Magazine, Money Mailer, Stella Artois, Wildhorse Fitness, and KLOU 103.3 Radio.

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