by Colin Murrary, Dane Buy Local Executive Director
As the year comes to an end, Dane Buy Local is reflecting on the accomplishments
during 2017. One of our fundraisers was the Eat Local, Give Local event in partnership with
Madison Originals resulted in robust numbers this year. The fundraiser brought awareness to
Madison’s unique independent restaurants, as well as to the critical importance of supporting
and sustaining our local economy. Madison Originals’ mission to promote our community’s
local, diverse, independent dining establishments has a symbiotic resonance with Dane Buy
Local’s mission. Thus, the “Eat Local Give Local” campaign was born to highlight the
participating restaurants and to acknowledge the educational outreach work that Dane Buy
Local does within the community.
Dane Buy Local thanks the following restaurants for donating a portion of their sales
from the August 24 event: Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry, Essen Haus, The Tipsy Cow, Daisy Café &
Cupcakery, Brasserie V, Lombardino’s, Bonfyre American Grille, Liliana’s Restaurant, Quivey’s
Grove, Imperial Garden West, Banzo, The Roman Candle and Charlie’s on Main.
Dane Buy Local invested over $17,000 in media advertising trade dollars to the event
this year. The “Eat Local Give Local” campaign generated total sales of over $46,000 with a
total donation of $4675 to Dane Buy Local. This will allow Dane Buy Local to continue to provide outreach to our members and the public in the community. We appreciate for each of the participating restaurants and are grateful for your support of our mission.