Get a Taste of the Valley at Progressive Dinner |

Get a Taste of the Valley at Progressive Dinner

When it comes to planning a meal, my specialty is ordering out. Let someone else worry about slicing and dicing and cleaning up dishes. I love an evening where I have time to sit with friends, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy great food that wasn’t prepared by my own hands. Going out to dinner every night isn’t exactly economically feasible, which is why I’m looking forward to the annual Progressive Dinner on Dec. 2, a benefit for the Fraser Valley Library and the Grand County Library District. Not only does the money go to a good cause, the event is a chance to try out a variety of local restaurants all in one evening. “The money that is raised helps all of Grand County’s Libraries,” said Ally Delaney, a member of the Friends of the Grand County Library. “That makes a great excuse to go out and enjoy an evening out with friends, wine, and good food.”Here’s how it works: There are three routes you can choose from, and each route has four different restaurants to try. You’ll start with hors d’oeuvres and wine and move onto soup and salad, followed by a delicious entre, more wine (provided by Winter Park Verso), and last but certainly not least, a yummy dessert. If you’re not ready to go home, there’s an after-dinner party with drinks and music at Smokin Moe’s Ribhouse and Saloon, which is a good time to catch up with friends and talk about all the great food you just ate. This year’s routes are as follows:Walking Route #1 (Purple): Back Country Grill, Mountain Rose Caf, Randi’s Irish Saloon, Carvers Restaurant;Walking Route #2 (Gold): Carlos & Maria’s, Pizza Hut, Fontenot’s Fresh Seafood and Grill, Deno’s Mountain Bistro; and,Bus Route (Green): Bistro 28 at Pole Creek Golf Club, Tabernash Tavern, Heck’s Tavern at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Creekside Eatery at Crooked Creek Saloon.This will be the 21st Annual Fraser Valley Library’s Progressive Dinner, an event put together by the Friends of the Grand County Library. Donations and proceeds from the event will be used primarily for adult and children’s programs, including the Fraser Valley Library’s after school clubs. Monies also go toward summer reading programs, special events and other community projects and services. Tickets for the Progressive Dinner go on sale at noon Wednesday, Nov. 4, inside the Fraser Valley Library Urban Community Meeting Room. Ticket sales will be limited to four tickets per person. The dinner takes place from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. Contact the Fraser Valley Library at (970) 726-5689. Tickets go fast, and they are only available at the Fraser Valley Library.So, if you’re like me – love to go out but can’t quite afford it every night – why not enjoy four restaurants all in one fell swoop? Join us for this year’s annual progressive dinner; trust me – your library and tummy will thank you.

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