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Goshen Dining Days 2016 success helps The Window with sizable donation

Those $10 cheeseburger and tenderloin specials sold during Goshen Dining Days are helping a lot of people.

During the eight days of the second annual dining event in Goshen, a total of 1,927 specials were sold, generating $3,400 in donations to The Window.

Fourteen Goshen restaurants offered specials from March 5 to 12, ranging from candy for $5 at The Nut Shoppe to three-course meals for two at several places. But what was most popular were the $10 sandwich specials at Dandino’s, Hopper’s Pike Street Grill and The Oasis.

Together, the three restaurants accounted for more than half the specials sold during the event.

“It brought a lot of people in, that’s for sure,” said Colette Myers, co-owner of Dandino’s. “That really helped a lot for us.” She and Megan McLaughlin had taken over as owners of the restaurant shortly before Goshen Dining Days.

A number of restaurant owners said they just wanted to be part of the community event and help The Window, which helps those in need in the Goshen community with its food pantry, clothes closet and hot meals, among other services. “I was very happy to participate,” said Justin Bell, co-owner of The Nut Shoppe.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of specials were donated to The Window and the Elkhart Truth/Flavor 574 also contributed. Ed Swartley, executive director of the agency, said that $3,400 helps a lot of people. The agency serves more than 300 people a day, on average, and spends about $22,000 a month to help them. “$3,400 does quite a bit,” he said.

Plans are being made for Elkhart Dining Days this fall.

Marshall V. King is food columnist for Flavor 574 and community editor for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805,, and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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