Dining Guide: Give the gift of savings
A High Country palette combines with your bargain hunting instincts for the perfect holiday gift, and it's all for a good cause.
Mountain Alliance's Dining Guide is hot off the presses and, for $50 a pop, provides approximately $250 worth of savings at area hotspots like Best Cellar, Bistro Roca, Casa Rustica and Char.
"It is a guide that features some of the area's best restaurants with buy-one-get-one-free entrees," Mountain Alliance executive director Todd Nolt said.
The savings apply to purchases from January to December and do come with some limitations. In its seventh edition, the Dining Guide serves as one of Mountain Alliance's biggest fundraisers. Last year, the book netted more than $6,000. It's an amount Mountain Alliance hopes to match.
"The money helps support after-school and weekend programming for teenage youth in Watauga County," Nolt said.
They're not just a babysitting service.
"Those programs focus on service adventure activities that teach youth leadership teamwork and to believe in themselves," Nolt said.
In its 21st year, Mountain Alliance aims at helping area youth make positive contributions to their community. This fall alone netted 48 different programs and activities offered for youth.
"It's a great way to reach a lot of teenagers who otherwise wouldn't be doing anything that productive outside of school," he said.
And this year, the teens have reached out all over the High Country, from Elk Knob State Park to serving a hot meal to the area's poor.
More than 160 teenagers participated in at least one Mountain Alliance activity in 2010, a feat that wouldn't be possible without fundraisers like the dining guide, Nolt said.
To pick up (or gift) a copy, visit mountainalliance.org or visit the Boone and Blowing Rock Footsloggers locations, Boone Mast General Store, Stick Boy Bread Company or Rustic in Blowing Rock.
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