by Dave Warner

Canal Side Inn definitely ‘paid it forward’ on Sunday with a free pasta dinner customer appreciation give away of free meals. The event was sponsored by Rock City Development, Kelly’s Meat Market, and MKR Racing. It consisted of Sirloin meatballs over penne pasta with roasted heirloom tomato ragu, shaved asiago cheese, and a dinner roll.

Chef John Luciano stated, “It’s gone really well. At the end of the day, we’ll have given out about 350 meals. A lot of people are using the coupons that were handed out. That’s a lot of people and it’s been non-stop since we opened. It’s been amazing, and it’s great to give back to the community.

Neil Rosenbaum, with Rock City Development, said, “Maybe the best thing is that the weather turned out awesome. It’s great to see how many people have come down here to Canal Place and it’s just very encouraging to see that people could take advantage of what we’re doing and just glad we could be able to do it.”

“We were also just really thrilled to see how many people left donations for the Food Pantry and it’s great to think about how many people that will help,” he stated.

A final tally showed that $190.00 had been collected for the Food Pantry.

Chef John Luciano grabs a handful of meals.