started the "dish mob" movement last year in an effort to support local restaurants nationwide. You can learn all about the dish-mob movement and how it got started, here.

But the point is to draw attention to locally owned restaurants. The first Salt Lake mob is tomorrow,

Wednesday, February 27, at Sushi Groove, 2910 South Highland Dr., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Each year, helps to fill nearly 5.5 million tables at independently-owned restaurants nationwide. To further the company’s mission to support businesses at the local level, launched Dine Local Dish Mobs campaign – an effort to encourage diners to support the independently-owned restaurants in their communities from February 20 through March 1.

Here are some more details about the Dine Local Dish Mobs Campaign.

Several local organizations, like Local First and the Downtown Alliance's Dine-O-Round have helped raise awareness of how patronizing locally owned businesses helps our community. And that's the point of this magazine's own Tastemakers event, coming up in May, and of our recent Dining Awards, held last week )and–despite assertions to the contrary–given independently of any advertising considerations).

One way or the other, you should get the message: Eating at locally owned restaurants helps everyone.