Wednesday Wine Walks 2015 begin next week in South Bend

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By: Geoff Lesar
glesar@flavor574.com

Peter Ringenberg / DTSB

It’s time for another Wednesday Wine Walks series to begin, bringing patrons to downtown South Bend to sip wine, try out new dining venues and support efforts to better the community.

The first event this year, organized by the Downtown Dining Alliance, is being held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. For $40, participants will receive three wine samples and three complementary food pairings at each of the partnering restaurants.

Wednesday Wine Walks will be held once a month until October, with two Beer Walks scheduled in July and October.   

Wednesday Wine Walks
Downtown South Bend
5 to 9 p.m.
$40 per person includes three wine tastings and three food tastings at each participating restaurant.
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8 (Beer Walk)
  • Aug. 12
  • Sept. 9
  • Oct. 14 (Beer Walk)

“You have to look at it as a marketing opportunity that brings anywhere from 200 to 400 people to your restaurant each month for six months,” said Downtown Dining Alliance organizer and LaSalle Hospitality Group president Mark McDonnell. “You have the opportunity to meet them, pour them a glass of wine, talk about all the things occurring at the restaurant and try to develop regular patrons out of that. I think from that standpoint it works very well.”

In the past, Downtown Dining Alliance has donated a portion of the proceeds from Wednesday Wine Walks to local charities.

This year, $10 from every wristband sold will be directed toward the city’s revitalization efforts — in particular, the lighting project along the banks of the East Race waterway and a wireless sound system that will be synced throughout downtown South Bend.  

During the event, free carriage rides will be offered by Dream Coach Carriages, in addition to Double Tree’s free shuttle service to the East Bank.

“We want to do some things that will enhance our marketplace,” McDonnell said. “It’s going to be a spectacular draw that brings people back to the river. The whole reason South Bend exists is the river. We’ve turned our backs on it for many years and used it as a source to help our industry that’s now gone. Now, it’s more of an attraction and recreation vehicle, and I think these lights will really add a lot to the city’s livability and things to do downtown.”

Wristbands can be purchased at participating restaurants:

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