Bite of Blaine offers up sampling of local eats

Published on Wed, Feb 5, 2014
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Local restaurants from Blaine and Birch Bay will soon showcase their specialites at the 14th annual Bite of Blaine on Monday, February 17.

This year’s Bite of Blaine, hosted by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, will be return to the grand ballroom at Semiahmoo Resort Golf & Spa. The event will feature flavors from 15 Blaine and Birch Bay restaurants, such as seafood mitkof from Via Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro and apple harvest chicken from The Will’O Pub & Cafe.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar and silent auction, followed by food sampling from local restaurants and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. The auctions will feature items donated by the community, including gift certificates to local restaurants, a round of golf from Semiahmoo Resort and photography packages,  said Blaine Chamber of Commerce treasurer Kim Shea. The Bite will wrap up by 8:30 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for Blaine’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display, which is one of the largest displays in Whatcom County and typically lasts around 20 minutes, chamber secretary Carroll Solomon said.

“All of the profits will be going toward this year’s Fourth of July celebration,” Solomon said. “The fireworks usually cost about $16,000 and this fundraiser is a big help.”

Traditionally, the Bite of Blaine has been a sell-out event, attracting around 200 attendees each year and raising $4,000-$9,000 for the fireworks fund, Shea said. Shea and Solomon both expect this year’s bite to sell out yet again.

In addition to fundraising, the Bite coincides with the Blaine chamber’s annual meeting, and this year’s new board directors and member of the year will be introduced at the event.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 at the Blaine Visitor Center or Pacific Building Center. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

For more information about the event, visit blainechamber.com or call 360/332-6484.