Crestview Wine, Dine and Shop Local December 6, 2011!
'Tis the season for Christmas shopping. No, not crowded mall shopping with canned Christmas music and not a parking place in sight, but local merchants coming together under one roof for Wine, Dine, and Shop Local. Mia's Italian Restaurant in Crestview will host shoppers at the event on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5 until 9 p.m.
This unique evening has been organized to help raise awareness and funds for Sharing and Caring, which provides non-perishable food items to people in emergency situations in Okaloosa County.
"We have three dining areas," Ryan Quimby said. "One large private dining room where the vendors will come in and set up their items, the middle room where we will have hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting - and I imagine a lot of talking will go on in there. And then we have the front dining area that will be open for dinner as usual that evening, but a portion of all sales will be donated back to Sharing and Caring."
"I learned after owning the restaurant for a while that 80 percent of my customers are regulars and that we will only have an impact on the area if we support schools, sports teams, churches and organizations that do good things like Sharing and Caring," he said.
Ryan, his mother Chris, and brother Randy are all a part of cooking and running the restaurant and their mantra is to make the restaurant a "successful secret."
"I met a man recently who lives near here but he did not know the restaurant was here and I have had it for the past five years," he said. "Our business is loyalty from regular customers and people attending an event here that makes them come back again like Wine, Dine and Shop Local will do for us. We want to be thought of as a place that cares about the community because we do."
Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for Sharing and Caring's food pantry. The canned donation makes them eligible for door prizes all evening.
This is the first year for the benefit. Displaying vendors are all businesses who do not have a traditional shop and include Tastefully Simple, Clever Container, 31 Gifts, Ave. Rose Creations, Scentsy, Momma June's Cakes, Send Out Cards, Peppermint Twist Creations, Premier Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Flamingo's Wine & Gifts and Miche Bags.
Reservations are recommended by contacting Mia's Restaurant at 682-8333.
For more information about the event please contact organizer Dawn Onuffer with Tastefully Simple at 682-4976.