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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 29, 2014

Savor event is Saturday

By David Hotle | Jan 14, 2013

Main Street Washington director Sarah Sadrakula said today that this weekend’s Slow Down and Savor Washington would be the only one this year and the Savor normally held in June has been canceled.
Sadrakula said that the June event is too close to Celebrate Washington and some other spring events. She also said that it is traditionally not as well attended as the winter Savor. She said that the businesses involved had agreed with the decision to only have one Savor event per year.
“The January one is better attended,” Sadrakula said. “People get out more that weekend.”
The Fifth Annual Slow Down and Savor Washington begins at 5:30 p.m. and 10 area restaurants will feature signature dishes at the cost of $3 each. Three musicians will also perform during the Savor.
Participating restaurants include: Coffee Corner, choice of hot coffee drink or hot cocoa; Dodici’s, caramel-pecan banana cake and chocolate crème de menthe panna cotta; JP’s 207, chocolate mousse or peppermint dessert; Linda Lou’s, maid-rites or pulled pork sandwiches; Dino’s, salad with Greek dressing; Taste of China, chicken broccoli, pepper steak with onion, sweet and sour chicken, sweet and sour pork, General Tso’s chicken or sesame chicken; Panda Palace, party buffet of hot and sour soup, chicken with vegetables, and walnut shrimp; and Xtreme Smokehouse and Grill, pulled pork.
“The January event is strategically planned in the slowest weekend for local businesses,” Sadrakula said. “It is after the holidays. It is just encouraging people to go downtown and enjoy their local restaurants.”
Sadrakula said that because the event is only being held in the winter, Main Street Washington has tried to make it a little bigger than it has been in the past.
Three musicians will perform during the event. Steve Ferguson will perform at the Coffee Corner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Michael Patton will perform at Dodici’s from 7 to 9 p.m. Rachel Marie will perform at JP’s 207 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
“One of the features they have done in the past that we are really excited about doing again is that the Y is hosting Parents Night Out,” Sadrakula said. “You can drop your kids off at the Y, feed them before they go, but that can swim or there will be other activities.”
People wishing to participate must register with Sharon Hoyle at 653-3315 by Thursday.
Sadrakula said that she has a personal reason to make sure that the first Savor event she has attended since arriving in October is particularly good. She said that her parents, Phil and Theresa Sadrakula from Hudson, Wis. , would be making the 5-1/2 hour trip to attend the event.
“I’ll be showing them downtown and having dinner with them,” she said.
For more information on the Savor, see the Main Street Washington Web site at <www.mainstreetwashington.org> or <www.facebook.com/MainStreetWashington.>

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