For your event calendar - some worthy ways to spend your dining dollars:
Dining Out For Life (April 25)All you have to do is dine out tomorrow to raise money for the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. About 60 local restaurants are participating in the annual nationwide event. A quarter of your bill will be donated to the foundation. Full details at the foundation's website.When: All day Thursday, April 25Where: At your favorite participating restaurantFind a list of participating restaurants here My top picks, with links to my reviews: Adriatic Grill, Primo Grill, JW, Il Lucano, The Social Bar and Grill, Toscanos.
Mount Rainier Spring Wine Tasting and Beer Festival (April 27)The fourth annual wine and beer festival is this weekend. This year's festival features wine and chocolate pairings. Chocolates from Brix, Dove and Emily's will be served alongside wines from Hoodsport, Madsen Family, Mill Lane, Scatter Creek and more. Featured beers come from South Sound brewers 7 Seas and Wingman. Find a complete list of brewers and wineries here.When: 2-8 p.m. Saturday April 27Where: Mt. Rainier Lions Club Grand Tasting Hall, 27726 State Route 706 E., AshfordCost: $25 at the door, or $20 in advance. The admission includes 10 tastes, appetizers and music.What: Wine tastes by the glass or bottle. Wine is for sale by the case, too.Info: Event details here Note: Kids are welcome.
Gig Harbor Beer Festival (May11)The second annual beer festival is in two weeks. This year's event is advertising double the number of brewers, which will be good news to anyone who didn't get beer last year after the event ran out. A press release acknowledged last year's crowding. Said organizer John Fosberg in the press release, “and the folks at Uptown were extremely helpful in allowing us to find ways to make more room for everything this coming year. That means more brewers (almost twice as many), more beer and shorter lines.” A portion of proceeds will benefit the Fish food bank.When: noon-6 p.m. Saturday May 11Where: Uptown Gig Harbor, 4701 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig HarborCost: $20 tickets on sale now, $25 at the doorBuy tickets hereMore info here Note: 21 and older only
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SAVE THE DATE - beer events this summer: The Tacoma Craft Beer Festival recently announced a bigger venue for Tacoma's largest annual beer festival. Mark your calendar - Sept. 7 at Cheney Stadium. More details here. The dates for the Washington Brewers Festival in Redmond have been set - June 14-16. More details here.