Take a Bite for Skagit
What: Take a Bite for Skagit
When: 7 am Thu., May. 16
Where: Throughout Skagit County
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
If there’s any downside to participating in the fifth annual “Take a Bite for Skagit” Foodie Fundraiser happening from dawn until dark on Thurs., May 16, it’s that it may be difficult to reach a conclusion about where to plunk down your dining dinero in the name of philanthropy.
During the one-day benefit, restaurants from Burlington to Mount Vernon, Bow, La Conner, Sedro-Woolley, Concrete, Anacortes, and beyond will donate as much as 20 percent of their day’s sales to Community Action of Skagit County, a nonprofit that procures produce from local farms and then, through its food distribution center, donates it to area food banks. This means that while you’re satiating your own hunger or thirst at one of the participating locales, you’ll also be actively involved in nourishing fellow citizens in need.
No rules exist that say you have to limit your giving, so feel free to have breakfast in Mount Vernon (Stop N Go Espresso, Valley Grind, Coffee Barn, and Ristretto Coffee Lounge are options); lunch in Concrete (Birdsview Burgers and Cascade Burgers are also on the list); and dinner in La Conner (check out La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House, Santo Coyote, or COA Mexican Eatery).
If you’ve already got a favorite restaurant or meal—for instance, the locally sourced La Conner Burger at Anelia’s Kitchen, the pork belly lollipops at Third Street Cafe in Mount Vernon, or one of the many made-from-scratch baked goods at the trio of Calico Cupboards that will be taking part—then by all means drop by and settle in for a spell.
On the other hand, if you’re not in the mood or don’t have time for a sit-down meal, order a take-and-bake pie or two to go from participating Papa Murphy’s pizzerias in Burlington, Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley, or Mount Vernon. In the same vein, Annie’s Pizza Station in Concrete is known for its delicious handcrafted pizzas and pasta, and Cascade Pizza in Sedro-Woolley will be happy to box your order to go.
But this could also be the time to branch out and visit a restaurant you’ve never been to, and the still-growing list of those who will be participating in “Take a Bite for Skagit” might be the perfect excuse to do so.
Wherever you eat or drink on the roster, rest assured that Community Action will be using the monies they receive from the fundraiser for the common good. Since 2006, their Skagit Food Distribution Center in Sedro-Woolley has allowed the county’s food banks and hot meal programs to effectively work as partners. It streamlines services, saves time and money and—most importantly—yields more food for the county’s hungriest families. And by increasing the amount of high-quality local produce reaching food banks through relationships with local growers, it means the 20 percent of Skagit households who rely on area food banks will have more access to fresh and healthy comestibles.
Keep these facts in mind when you finally decide on your meal plan. It’s sure to make your dinner—or breakfast, lunch, happy hour or late-night snack—more memorable.
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