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February 15, 2014

Chamber to hold Progressive Dinner Feb. 20

MT. VERNON — A limited number of tickets are still available for the upcoming Progressive Dinner event Feb. 20, presented by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Organizers say the event offers a unique way to showcase different restaurants in the county while giving participants an enjoyable night on the town.

“We hope it’s a fun event,” said Michaela Scattone, marketing director for the chamber. “Secondly, it’s a way to showcase our members.”

The program highlights three local restaurants, where participants dine over the course of an evening.

For this year’s dinner Feb. 20, appetizers will be served at Girolamo’s at 5 p.m. Then the entree, smoked chicken and beef brisket, will be served at the Frosty Mug at around 6:30 p.m.

“The Mug has been well-known for their brisket and it’s fantastic,” said Tony Wielt, vice president of special events for the Chamber.

The last stop that evening will be the Rare Chop House at 8 p.m. for dessert and live music. The dessert will include assorted cheesecakes.

Each restaurant on the tour will have a hospitality sponsor. The sponsors this year include Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois, Country Financial — Agent Sarah Staley, and the Tedrick Group.

The Progressive Dinner had been an annual tradition in the past, but was discontinued for several years.

Then in 2013, the Chamber revived the program and organizers now hope to keep having the dinner annually.

“After a several year hiatus, we brought it back and this is our second year back,” Wielt said. “It’s an opportunity for various local restaurants to be showcased and attended by several chamber members.”

The Chamber has a number of promotional programs recognizing local businesses, including the Shop It Here campaign, which is geared toward retail stores.

However, the Progressive Dinner is unique in that it spotlights restaurants, Scattone said.

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