Niagara Gazette — It brings new meaning to the term "doggy bag."
Today, Western New Yorkers who eat out at many local restaurants can also help feed the region's four-legged creatures as part of The Big Chew, an event to support the programs and services of the SPCA Serving Erie County.
Bethany Kloc, SPCA special events planner, said this is the third year of the event, which raised about $10,000 last year.
"We are really excited that we have so many restaurants on board, and we have a few new ones this year," she said. "The (SPCA) Whisker Wag'n is going to be visiting a few restaurants. It's just a delicious day."
Most restaurants are donating 25 percent of their proceeds from breakfast, lunch or dinner or a combination of the three. A number are also allowing their diners to round their bills up to the nearest dollar and donate that amount to the SPCA.
In additional, Nature's Select of Western New York (naturesselectofwny.com) will donate $10 for every 40- or 50-pound bag of food sold today, or $5 for any 20- to 25-pound bag, Kloc said.
"So there's something even for the animals this year," she said. "It's really cool that they do it."
A few restaurants are planning special events around the day. JP Bullfeathers of Buffalo will host an event with a complimentary buffet, cash bar and karaoke and a DJ starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for gift baskets will be sold and all money will be donated to the SPCA. The SPCA's Whisker Wag'n, with animals available for adoption, will visit from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Whisker Wag'n will also vist Lisa & Bob's Citta' di Militello of Buffalo, another participating restaurant, from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Muscoreil's Fine Desserts & Bistro of North Tonawanda, the sole participating restaurant in Niagara County, will be taking part in The Big Chew for its second year, said owner David Muscoreil.