If you’re looking for good eatin’ and local pride, you’re in luck this month.

Stouffvillicious kicked off Mar. 1, bringing independent restaurants in town together for a community-wide culinary celebration until the end of the month.

The 14 participating restaurants offer patrons a three-course prix fixe menu, aimed at giving town residents a kick in the pants to try local eateries.

“We have re-designed the event around the idea of exclusivity,” says David Tuley, economic development officer for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. “We don’t want this to be a routine experience, but rather an exceptional one.”

The town’s downtown coordinator, Tina Sharma, says the variety is what makes the event worthwhile.

“We are excited by the selection this year,” she said. “We have everything from smoked salmon and tagliatelle at The Smokery and maple-glazed bourbon chicken at the Cornerhouse on Main St., to a miso soup flame lover set at Senjy Japanese Fusion and prime rib at Stakeout in the west end.”

The biggest challenge of the event, Tuley notes, is deciding which restaurant to try.

“I might be betting on our cuisine in the countryside this time, so I’m waiting to try the braised beef rigatoni at the Coach House in Ballantrae and family-oriented specials at Hanson’s Restaurant on the south side of Cedar Valley,” he says.

Prices for the three-course prix fixe menu range from $14 to $36, excluding beverage purchases.

For a list of participating restaurants, go to www.Facebook.com/DTStouffville.

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