30 Days of Dining winners announced

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Eating out at one of Patchogue’s many restaurants is a great pleasure in life—anyone who has spent a mealtime there knows this. But even better than eating in one of Patchogue’s restaurants is having the option to eat in 38 different Patchogue restaurants. Two lucky winners were given this option as part of the chamber’s 30 Days of Dining program, which was announced via Facebook live on Friday, Dec. 31.

The winners were Sandra Ogden and Eric Fisher, who each got a gift basket full of $50 gift certificates to 38 participating restaurants. The raffle tickets cost $20 each and were originally supposed to get the winner only 30 days of dining, as the name implied, but more restaurants participated, and the prize grew to a nearly 40-day extravaganza of eating-out fun.

“You not only got a month, you got a month and a week and a day,” said David Kennedy, chamber executive director, just before announcing the winners.

Kennedy picked the winners randomly in front of a small group at the chamber’s headquarters; the drawing was broadcast live on Facebook at 4 p.m. Being that it was New Year’s Eve, Kennedy wore a special party hat—a gift from his wife a few years earlier.

Later that evening, the annual Midnight on Main event was supposed to have been held, but was cancelled due to spiking COVID-19 numbers and the presence of new strains, including the Omicron variant. Kennedy said he was disappointed to have to cancel the event but that it came down, in part, to the fact that the agencies the chamber relies on to pull off the event are short-staffed because of COVID-19.

“Nothing will make up for Midnight on Main. I’m disappointed, of course, especially because it’s the second year we’re not having it. But it’s the right thing to do given the current set of circumstances,” he said.

Kennedy thanked Tall Tree Florist for organizing the baskets, which were featured on the table behind him during the drawing. He joked that the two recipients will be getting to know Patchogue very well over the next few weeks and months. 

“Congratulations! You’ll get to know Patchogue very well—and make sure you tell all of your friends,” he said.

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