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Progressive Dinner serves up local cuisine, benefits Grand County libraries

by Cyndi PalmerSky-Hi Daily News
File photoGrand County libraries will be the beneficiaries of the Progressive Dinner.
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The Grand County Library District is serving up a chance for residents and guests to socialize as they sample the fares of several eating establishments through a four-course dinner.Thirty tickets remain for the 19th Annual Progressive Dinner, which begins its culinary tours at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and is a benefit for the Grand County Libraries.During the popular event patrons are given the opportunity to follow one of four routes to some of the finest restaurants in the Fraser Valley. The remaining tickets are for the two bus routes, as the two walking routes were sold out quickly this year.Ten seats remain for the Green Route. Its first stop, for hors doeuvres and wine, is at Mirasol Cantina. The owners are keeping the appetizer a surprise, but said that it will go along with the southwestern/fresh Mex style of their restaurant. The wines will be traditional reds and whites, and maybe a white zinfandel.The bus then takes participants over to Hernandos Pizza and Pasta Pub for some of its popular minestrone soup and salad.The bus stops next at Fontenots Cajun Cafe for the main entre and a glass of cabernet or chardonnay. The entre is a chili-seared scallop served with a roasted corn chipotle creme sauce over a Spanish risotto cake.Final stop for the Green Route is at the Moffat Station at the Winter Park Mountain Lodge for homemade bread pudding, coffee and tea. And according to Kelly Driscoll, food and beverage manager, the Moffat Station makes a mean bread pudding.The Yellow Route bus takes participants to the Untamed Southwest Grill for hors doeuvres and a glass of classic red, white or blush wine. The appetizer is a mixed platter to include a crab cake, tuna poke taco, maple ribs, and a smoked salmon quesadilla.Then the bus is off to Crooked Creek Saloon for a salad with goat cheese and Craisins and a creamy jalapeo soup the chef is specially preparing for the event.Five Mountain Tavern at The Vintage Hotel is next on this route list, serving up the entre and Beringer wines. The chef at Five Mountain Tavern is preparing the Vintages famous beef Wellington, which was a favorite of Winston Churchill who ate there and left a signature cigar burn on the bar. The mouth-watering dish consists of a beef tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry and then baked. Its served with a mushroom duxelle, foie gras pat, burgundy mushrooms and rosemary mashed potatoes.The Hungry Bear Restaurant rounds out the evening with dessert, coffee and tea. Chef Joe Lavato is working on something special to go with his signature homemade Mexican vanilla caramel sauce. Twenty tickets remain for this culinary tour.Those who want to work off some of their calories are set to enjoy two walking routes within the town of Winter Park. The Pink Route participants will start off at Carlos & Marias for hors doeuvres and wine. Then patrons are off to the Mountain Rose Cafe for soup/salad, followed by Carvers Bakery Cafe for the main course and wine, and The Green Olive for dessert, coffee and tea.The Purple (walking) Route starts with appetizers and wine at Denos Mountain Bistro, followed up with soup/salad at Mama Falzittos, main dish and wine at Randis Irish Pub, and dessert, coffee and tea at Gasthaus Eichler.Tickets are only $50 each. Checks can be made to FOGCL (Friends of Grand County Library). Proceeds benefit the Grand County Libraries. For more information call (970) 726-5689; and for tickets stop by the Fraser Valley Library by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.


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