Valley Alive to showcase Grand Valley restaurants in short films.

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A new multimedia project has been developed by the Town of Grand Valley to showcase local restaurants open for takeout.

Valley Alive, the new interactive communications hub from the Town of Grand Valley and BIA, will highlight four diverse restaurants to showcase the cultural flavours of the community. They partnered up with the Orangeville and Shelburne BIAs for this exclusive.

“This is a marriage of the BIAs of these restaurants in Dufferin,” said Anthony Fenech, economic development co-ordinator for the Town of Grand Valley. “It’s super important. We want to see these restaurants carry on and help our local businesses."

Beegs Wood Oven Pizza, at 91 Main St. N., specializes in Italian-style wood oven pizza and focaccia; Grand Valley Chop House, at 5 Amaranth St. W., focuses on premium, heavily-aged steaks; the Perked Pierogi, at 17 Main St S. is known for its specialty pierogis and deli sandwiches; and Mill Creek Pub and Restaurant, at 30 Main St. S., is an established tavern.

“With all the new houses and development, we’re trying to get a better spotlight on what is actually available downtown,” said Donnie Beattie, general manager of Mill Creek Pub and Restaurant. “A lot of new people are coming up from the city, so they’re used to larger towns with a lot bigger, boxed stories. This allows us to show them we offer the same or in fact, better service.”

The short films were developed by The Art of Storytelling, an Orangeville-based broadcasting and media production corporation. They were interested in discussing these farm-to-fork establishments.

“We had a few things we talked about before. They had a script already set up and everything. What we did was show some highlights. Here at Mill Creek, we showed our kitchen. We do everything in the house. That is a big key for locals, knowing you’re buying local.”

Touching on the importance of farm-to-fork, Fenech said there are 100 local farms in the area with a rich nostalgia.

“We produce fantastic lamb, beef and dairy products and grain seed oil,” said Fenech. “It is not a big part of our community. It is our community.”

This comes as freshly minted members of the BIA, in recent years, have started to promote local businesses, ingraining themselves in the community. Fenech emphasized the importance of shopping locally.

“We love where we live, and want to shop where we live and support where we live,” said Fenech.

“If you help a small outfitter, they are sending their kid to hockey, they’re paying their taxes and they’re sending their kids to school,” said Fenech. “It’s time where we think about where we spend our dollars.”

Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Orangeville Banner