Birmingham Restaurant Week and Birmingham Originals announced the launch of Bham Nom Nom on March 31, a website dedicated to promoting Birmingham-metro restaurants amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The website features a directory of independently owned restaurants, listing each restaurant’s website and to-go or delivery food and alcohol capabilities. There is also a listing of each establishment’s Venmo or GoFundMe donation pages and a link to purchase gift cards, if available.
“Now, more than ever, by eating local, you’re supporting local, and these restaurants and their staff are dependent on the community’s patronage to get through this challenging time,” BRW co-founder Bill Stoeffhaas said. “Most are still here ready to keep you fed, so we wanted to create an all-encompassing list and easy way for people to find the information they want and encourage them to order takeout, buy gift cards and/or donate directly to the restaurants – we want to keep these restaurants cooking.”
The Bham Nom Nom campaign, created by Style Advertising along with BRW and Birmingham Originals, has partnered with Instagift and Birmingham Mountain Radio, and has received support from Tito’s Handmade Vodka as well.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of this initiative that benefits local restaurants during this time. Birmingham Restaurant Week and Birmingham Originals both highlight the value of local and independently owned establishments that define our culinary scene, and it’s crucial to support them throughout this challenging time,” Homewood Gourmet and Birmingham Originals President Chris Zapalowski said.
BRW and Birmingham Originals provide year-round support for the city’s restaurateurs, and local chefs and have banded together to help restaurants create revenue to support their wait staff, chefs, kitchen help – and their families. “These hardworking, talented and dedicated people are now suffering the brunt of this crisis,” said George Reis, owner of Ocean and Five Point Public House.
For more information, follow Birmingham Originals on social media @bhamoriginals, and Birmingham Restaurant Week @bhamrestweek.