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6 Reasons to Support Local Restaurants

Are you tired of eating at the same old chain restaurants? Do you want to help support your local community? Well, you're in luck - supporting local restaurants is a great way to do both! 

In this blog, we'll give you six reasons why you should consider supporting your local restaurants. So, let's dive right in!

1. Helps Create Jobs and Boosts the Local Economy

The hospitality industry is a major employer in many areas, and local restaurants are often the lifeblood of the industry. So, an increase in the number of people choosing to dine at small businesses can help create new job opportunities within the community. 

Then, those employed by this industry can invest their salaries back into the local economy, whether it’s by opening up their own establishment or simply spending money at other locally-owned stores. So by supporting local restaurants, you're creating more jobs that, in turn, can help boost the local economy.

2. Encourages a Culinary Community

There is a sense of community when you dine at a local restaurant. You're not only supporting local businesses and the economy, but also the artistically talented chefs and proprietors behind them. 

A lot of the time, these talented individuals are passionate about sharing their love of cooking with the community. Their passion is contagious, and their dishes are brimming with character - they may even have a story behind them! It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in their creation and take home a piece of the community--one meal at a time.

3. Helps You Experience Unique Cuisine

One of the best things about dining at local restaurants is that you never know what awesome dishes you'll find on the menus. Local restaurants tend to offer unique cuisine, dining experiences, and exciting twists you might not find at chain restaurants. 

Since they depend on repeat, loyal customers, they may even change up their menus to keep things interesting rather than sticking to the same recipes year after year. So, by supporting local restaurants, you get the chance to sample more creative dishes, and generally be more adventurous in your dining-out experiences.

4. Supports Farm-to-Table.

Many local establishments source their meat, fish, and produce from local farmers. This process is known as "farm-to-table." 

Eating farm-to-table often means your meals are fresher and more enriched since you're eating food grown nearby rather than being shipped across countries or continents. This helps preserve the environment by narrowing transportation distances and encouraging sustainable practices.

5. Enhances Your Quality of Life

Dining out at a local restaurant is an event in and of itself! After all, it’s a break from your usual routine. And, unless you’re a chef yourself, it can enhance your dining experience. 

See, since many of the small restaurants are known to provide high-quality food and great service, you're likely to feel special when dining there, which can elevate your dining experience. You're not just eating a meal when you eat at a local establishment; you're participating in the community.

6. More Unique Dining Experiences

Not only can supporting local restaurants elevate your dining experience, but it can also provide a more unique one. For example, if you want to combine the experience of dining at a local restaurant with a breathtaking view of the sea, you should give our dinner cruises a try. 

We partner with local restaurants to provide you with an unforgettable dining experience that captures the essence of the town all in one night. Our cruises are the perfect place to relax, unwind, and have an exquisite meal while gazing out at the beauty of your surroundings. Try to do that at a chain restaurant!

The Bottom Line

Supporting local restaurants is always a win-win situation. Not only do you get to experience unique flavours and culinary traditions, but also help boost the local community's economy. So, next time you're craving something delicious, take a break from the usual chain restaurants and try out a local spot. And, if you want to take it to the next level, come dine with us on our dinner cruises. You won't regret it!

Interested in supporting your local restaurants while dining on the water? If so, we’d be happy to have you! Click here to check out the Collingwood Charters events calendar, and book your spot today.

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