Annual feeding frenzy a week away

Published on Thu, Jan 30, 2003
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Annual feeding frenzy a week away

Expecting another crush at this year�s Bite of Blaine, organizers have set up advance ticket sales to get an idea of how many will come to sample the cream of local cuisine. �We�re encouraging people to buy early so we can tell the restaurants how many to cook for,� said chamber of commerce president Pam Christianson. �Last year some of them ran out in 40 minutes.� Tickets for the February 10 event are $20 in advance, available at Cost Cutter, Resort Semiahmoo and Pacific Building Center, but will cost $25 at the door.

Almost every restaurant in Blaine and Birch Bay, local caterers and stores, even Stafholt Good Samaritan Center dieticians, will all set up tables in the Semiahmoo conference facility and serve up their specialties. So far 19 businesses have signed up.

The evening starts with a no host social in the foyer at 6 p.m. and doors open at 6:30. �Last year people got there early and just started eating,� Christianson said. �This year we want everyone to get the same chance.� This will be the third annual Bite of Blaine. From just under 100 people attending the first event, last year numbers swelled to over 250, overwhelming organizers and participating restaurants.

The Bite of Blaine is the Blaine Chamber of Commerce�s primary annual fundraiser. �It�s raising funds to support chamber events and programs, which support Blaine businesses,� Christianson said. Twenty percent of the profits pay for cooperative advertising for the businesses that participate in the event in local recreation and visitors guides.

Another of the main uses of the funds is the Fourth of July fireworks, one of Christianson�s pet projects. �I�m committed to making Blaine the place to be on the Fourth,� she said. This bite of Blaine will be her last event as chamber president and she will hand the gavel over to new chamber president Ron Leach.

For more information about the event contact Christianson at 332-5335.

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