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WHAT: Dine Out for Peace
WHEN: Through October
WHERE: More than 20 venues throughout Whatcom County
COST: A portion of the month’s sales benefits Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

WHAT: WDRC’s 18th annual Peace Builder Awards
WHEN: 6pm Fri., Oct. 22
WHERE: Online
COST: Free; boxed dinners are available from Boundary Bay for $35
INFO: http://www.whatcomdrc.org

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

If it becomes necessary to seek a solution to the conflict that arises when you and your significant other can’t agree upon which area eatery to order lunch or dinner from as part of Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s “Dine Out for Peace” fundraiser, it might be time to consider signing up for one of the many conflict resolution trainings the WDRC offers on a regular basis.

I kid, but being that October is Conflict Resolution Month, now is the perfect opportunity to help the downtown Bellingham nonprofit achieve its mission of helping as many Whatcom County residents as possible learn to approach conflict in creative and healthy ways. Participating in “Dine Out for Peace” is as easy as securing a seat at a table or ordering takeout from one or more of the 24 participating restaurant, bars, breweries and coffee shops who will either be offering specials or donating a portion of their October sales to the WDRC.

At Bellingham Cider Co., for example, $1 of every chicken and waffles or pint of blackberry ginger cider or caramel apple cider sold will be diverted to the center. Same goes for every pizza going out the door at Elizabeth Station, every pint at Stemma Brewing Co., and $1 per large Forager, Tree, and Legion of Shroom pizzas sold at the newly opened Zeeks Pizza.

At the North Fork Brewery on the Mt. Baker Hwy, the powers that be have created an Ecstatic Peace IPA just for the occasion. In addition to slaking your thirst, it will also benefit the nonprofit. Consuming specialty beverages at Cafe Velo, Kulshan Sunnyland, Menace Brewing, Milano’s Restaurant and Bar, Pepper Sisters, and the Local Public House—who will add its pear fennel salad to the list of menu items benefiting the WCRD—will also up the fundraising game. At the Local’s Annex, a percent of sales from its top-tier reuben sandwich will help out.

Other venues donating a percentage of their proceeds from October include the Waterfront Seafood and Bar, the Orion, Wander Brewing, Culture Cafe, the Cabin, Grand Avenue Alehouse, Nelson’s Market and Marlin’s Cafe, Diamond Jim’s Grill, and Boundary Bay Brewery.

Boundary will also be providing boxed dinners for Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s 18th annual Peace Builder Awards, which will take place during a virtual celebration on Fri., Oct. 22 that will honor organizations and individuals in the community who work tirelessly to build peace in Whatcom County.

While you’re watching the worthy winners accept their accolades, chow down on the brewery’s famous gumbo, harvest salad, meatloaf or yam enchiladas while doing so. Bonus: Each dinner comes with a 22-ounce Boundary beer and a WDRC pint glass. Hopefully, you won’t be too conflicted when you have to make a choice between Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Scotch Ale, Amber Ale, or Northwest Original IPA.

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