There’s a Chicken Fried Tuesday every week at Maxie’s Supper Club, but some Tuesdays, the popular restaurant in Ithaca’s west end dedicates the night to raising funds for a specific cause. This week, $5 from each special sold will be donated to the SPCA of Tompkins County.
Maxie’s specializes in southern and Cajun fare and seafood, and on Tuesdays only, they offer buttermilk-brined southern fried chicken dinners for $11.95. Tasso gravy is $1 extra, and it’s worth it. For vegetarians, the fundraiser includes the delicious house-smoked organic BBQ Tofu, a dish even an omnivore can appreciate, as an alternative. Both will be served with mashed potatoes and braised collard greens this week.
SPCA executive director Jim Bouderau says the summer months give the organization its “largest influx of animals,” with “kitten season” bringing in 450-500 kittens between June and August each year. “We love that businesses think of fun and creative ways to support us and are very grateful for their generosity,” Jim says.
Dinner, along with the opportunity to donate $5 with each fried chicken or BBQ tofu dinner, begins at 5pm, and runs until 11pm or while supplies last. Maxie’s is donating an extra dollar for every pint of locally brewed Bacchus Beer sold.
“We have many accomplishments over the last fifteen years of which we are tremendously proud,” Jim tells us. “We have spayed or neutered more than 16,607 owned animals through our low-cost spay and neuter program; returned more than 3,200 lost animals to their owners; corralled hundreds of feral cats through our trap/neuter/release program; trained thousands of volunteers who work directly with our animals; enrolled 670 area youth in our summer Camp SPCA program; transported 613 animals from other animal shelters and rescue groups,” and lots more.
If you can’t make it to Maxie’s, there are other ways to help. Anyone who’d like to donate to the SPCA directly can make a secure online gift toward the challenge at spcaonline.com by clicking the “Donate Now” graphic, can mail a check to the SPCA at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, New York 14850, call 607-257-1822, or visit either the shelter or the SPCA Annex at the Shops at Ithaca Mall.
Chicken Fried Tuesday is also one of Maxie’s weekly free music nights, and the Cayuga Blue Notes will be playing a free show in the bar area from 6-10pm, with short breaks.