Collingswood in Running for ‘Best Small Town Food Scene’

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The citizens of Collingswood pride themselves on having something tasty for every foodie around and now people outside of the area are starting to take notice.

The Camden County town is in the running for USA Today's Best Small Town Food Scene and as voting nears an end, residents are hoping you’ll help them hold onto the lead.

“Collingswood has a lot of really diversified restaurants and some really awesome award-winning chefs,” said Mike Smith, chef and owner of The Tortilla Press.

“It’s a foodies' heaven and it has a little bit of something for everybody; families, the romantic dinner, the great cuisine, a little bit of everything for folks,” said Mayor Jim Maley.

It’s just a little recognition that makes everybody a little bit prouder...

Collingswood is in the lead to become USA Today’s Best Small Town Food Scene.

“We’re up against Aspen, Colorado and Newport, Rhode Island, [which are] some pretty fantastic places. So our community, of course, has gotten very involved and supportive of it,” said Maley.

“I would say Collingswood is like a huge family. We all know each other [and] we all welcome each other,” said Valentina Fortuna, co-owner of Constellation Collective.

"It’s a big diverse family and the community is super, super strong around here,” said Maura Rosato, co-owner of Constellation Collective.

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That community support can be shown in the food at local restaurants because some of those ingredients are actually grown by area farmers.

“It’s amazing, farmers will grow specific things for specific chefs," said Smith. "Like one of my friends grows tomatillos and poblanos and cilantro and all these things I can use in my cuisine. Another one grows sweet corn that’s good for my menu.” 

Winning the title of Best Small Town Food Scene means a lot to everyone in town.

“It’s just a little recognition that makes everybody a little bit prouder, gives a little kick in the step and really helps us attract more people,” said Maley.

“There’s a lot of great people in town who are really trying really hard and it feels great to be part of them,” said Rosato.

“We’ve worked so hard to get to where we are now and it’s only the beginning," said Fortuna. "So it feels cool to be recognized.” 

Voting ends on Monday, May 14th, and business owners and residents are hoping you’ll give them a few more votes at so they can take home the title of Best Small Town Food Scene.

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