Inaugural Eat Detroit restaurant crawl draws more than 1,200, raises nearly $150,000

More than 1,200 people bounced between a variety of restaurants in Detroit’s downtown and Midtown for the first Eat Detroit event Wednesday night, helping to raise approximately $150,000 for Detroit’s neediest residents. A fleet of 20 busses dedicated to the event transported food lovers around the city.

“Our biggest challenge was trying to distribute a crowd of this size equally so all the restaurants had a fair shot of having an equal number of people,” said Marc Rosenthal, who helped organize the event and serves as the executive director of nonprofit SAY Detroit.

At each restaurant, participants received up to three small servings of the restaurant’s best dishes along with one signature drink. Participating restaurants — including Grey Ghost Detroit, Parc, Lumen and The Whitney — received a $5,000 stipend to pay for their participation in the event.

“Some of the restaurants, given their size, closed (to the public) completely,” Rosenthal said. “Some of them partitioned part of the restaurant off for the Eat Detroit event.”

The funds raised will go toward SAY Detroit, the nonprofit tied to Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom aimed at helping Detroit residents with housing, health care and education, Rosenthal said.

Warren-based Art Van Furniture Inc. was the presenting sponsor of the event, hosted by Albom.

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