Grand County libraries catalogue culinary fundraiser |

Grand County libraries catalogue culinary fundraiser

by Cyndi McCoycmccoy@grandcountynews.comGrand County, Colorado

Have you ever gone out to eat a meal and craved tapas or dessert at a different location? With buffet-like variety, thats the idea behind the Grand County Library Districts popular Progressive dinner, slated for Dec. 3.Culinary delights, good company and a great cause Library patrons and guests are invited to sample the fares of area restaurants through a four-course dinner during the 20th Annual Progressive Dinner, a benefit for the Grand County Libraries. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, and are limited to 144.Participants are given the opportunity to follow one of three routes to some of the finest restaurants in the east end of Grand County (some of their offerings are listed below but some were unavailable by press time). Choices include one bus route this year and for those who want to work off some of those calories, two walking routes (which sell out quickly).The Green Route, the first walking route, includes stops at Carvers for hors doeuvres and wine, Pizza Hut for soup/salad, entre and wine at Gasthaus Eichler, and rounds out with dessert, coffee and tee at Randis Irish Saloon. Entre at Gasthaus is a traditional European dinner with jagerschnitzel (breaded pork cutlet with a mushroom onion sauce), spaetzle and fresh mixed vegetables.Those on foot with the Blue Route group are treated to hors doeuvres and wine at The Green Olive, cheddar ale soup and Asian chicken salad at the Untamed Southwest Grill, entre and wine at Denos Mountain Bistro, and dessert, coffee and tea at the new Star of India (dessert provided by Mountain Grind Coffee & Bistro). Entre at Denos includes braised short ribs with a cabernet sauvignon red wine sauce, creamy polenta with crimini mushrooms, roasted winter root vegetables and a glass of wine.The Yellow Route bus takes fares to Fontenots Seafood and Grill for appetizers and wine, to the Crooked Creek Saloon for soup/salad, Winter Park Sushi Bar for entre and wine, and the Mountain Rose Cafe for homemade dessert, coffee and tea.Verso Cellars is once again donating wine at several of the venues and tours finish with after-dinner drinks and live music (put together through the Grand County Blues Society) with New Orleans jazz-style pianist Brad Pregeant 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Smokin Moes Ribhouse & Saloon.The 19th Annual Fraser Valley Librarys Progressive Dinner was truly a festive occasion, raising more than $8,000, and this years is sure to be a success as well. Donations to the library district and proceeds from the event are used primarily for adult and childrens programs, including the Fraser Valley Library After School Clubs, summer reading programs, special events, and other community projects and services as needed.Tickets go fast and are available only at the Fraser Valley Library. Checks may be made to FOGCL (Friends of Grand County Library).

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