Sunday, February 24, 2013

Free restaurant start-up offered in Catskill

CATSKILL -- Did you know "Catskill Is Cooking"?

That's the title of a project involving the Catskill Action Team, a downtown restaurant recruitment project that will wind up with someone winning a turnkey restaurant operation in the Catskills community.

A panel of local judges will review local submissions from local restaurateurs or would-be restaurateurs containing their business  concept, menu, and resume. The panel then will chose a group of contestants to compete in a tasting event on Main Street this summer. The winner will receives a restaurant on Main Street with 3 to 6 months rent paid by the Catskill Local Development Corporation (LDC).

The LDC also help the winner develop a business plan and find funding from county resources. In addition, the judges will serve as mentors to the new restaurant owner. Prospective applicants can obtain full details from the LDC.

The judges:
• Max Cenci, Ca' Mea restaurant, Hudson
• Ana Sporer, Ruby's Hotel, Freehold and instructor at the New York Restaurant School and the Institute of Culinary Education
• Luc Moeys, Oriole 9 in Woodstock, Yum Yum in Kingston, Love Bites in Saugerties

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