Restaurants all over the state are dishing and pouring out love to Puerto Rico.
By going out to eat, you can raise money for storm-battered Puerto Rico while enjoying cuisine inspired by the island.
The weeklong campaign starts today, Saturday Oct. 21.
Under the CT Loves Puerto Rico initiative, more than 60 restaurants – spanning southwestern Connecticut and the shoreline and up to the Hartford area – are participating in the weeklong fundraiser, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 28.
Each restaurant has added a Puerto Rican (or island-inspired) dish or drink to the menu, and 100 percent of the proceeds from those special items will be donated to the United for Puerto Rico fund.
The week's special menu features traditional fare like mofongo (a dish made with fried plantains), quesitos (cheese pastries) and flan.
Specialty cocktails include variations of coquito, a coconut-based drink, coladas and a complicated concoction called Davy Jones' Locker at Shell & Bones in New Haven.
The idea kicked off in Los Angeles earlier this month with LA Loves Puerto Rico. Susan Hosmer, a Connecticut-based marketing and PR consultant who specializes in the hospitality industry, helped coordinate the effort there.
"I was inspired watching it all come together in less than two weeks and thought, 'this needs to replicated in other places'," Hosmer told Hearst Connecticut Media. Her home state seemed like the obvious choice for the next campaign.
Here are the restaurants participating:
@ The Barn Restaurant
Artisan West Hartford
Artisanal Burger Company
Barcelona West Hartford
Butchers & Bakers
Camille's Wood Fired Pizza
City Steam Brewery
Claire's Corner Copia
Caseus Fromagerie Bistro
Cook & The Bear
First & Last Tavern Avon
First & Last Tavern Glastonbury
First & Last Tavern Plainville
Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill (Fairfield and New Haven)
Grants Restaurant & Bar
Hub & Spoke
Ichiro Habachi & Sushi
Max Oyster Bar
McLaddens (West Hartford and Simsbury)
Park & Oak Restaurant
Rooster and Co
Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill
Shu West Hartford
Table 570 Asian Fusion
The Place 2 Be
The Green Teahouse
The North House
The Sweet Beet
TruNORTH Tavern & Table
Treva Restaurant & Bar
Vitality Juice and Smoothie Bar
Wood -n- TapBar & Grill (all 9 locations)
Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen