TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Nearly two dozen restaurants around Terre Haute are participating in this year’s “Taste Terre Haute,” event, offering special menu items and deals through the rest of July.

The city’s chamber of commerce puts on the event. Ethan and Emily Malavolti, owners of Corsair Cafe in the Terre Haute Regional Airport, are involved in the promotion for the first time.

“I feel we’ve definitely seen a big crowd this weekend. I think it’s such a cool way for people to get out to see different businesses, maybe ones that they haven’t visited,” Emily Malavolti said.

Max Bedrava, owner of Tree House of Terre Haute, said the event helps show how local restaurants come together to support each other.

“The restaurant community is a really tight-knit group,” he said. “I think most restaurants want to support other restaurants. We all want to see our other local restaurants succeed. Like I said, they’re our neighbors.”

Ethan Malavolti said he believes the best part of the promotion is how it helps local restaurants get their names out there.

“It just builds awareness of all the local restaurants that are around. I know being folks that live in Terre Haute, we love going and searching out other restaurants and supporting other businesses,” he said.

Bedrava cited a study from Michigan State University that found for every dollar spent at a local business, 73 cents stay in the community.

“We’re trying to help make Terre Haute happen, Vigo County happen, supporting schools, supporting everything our tax dollars go to  and we’re trying to help create jobs here in the community, so get out there and support us,” Bedrava said.

The promotion will run through the end of July. More information on participating organizations can be found here.