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Eat Locally events support restaurants during pandemic

Submitted photo On Feb. 24, the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce held the first installment of Distance Socially, Eat Locally. The event took place at 1863 Appalachian Bistro and was sponsored by Davis Trust Company.

ELKINS — On Feb. 24, the Elkins- Randolph County Chamber of Commerce held the first installment of Distance Socially, Eat Locally. The event took place at 1863 Appalachian Bistro and was sponsored by Davis Trust Company. 68 meals were picked up curbside between 4 and 6 p.m.

The Distance Socially, Eat Locally event series was created by the Chamber to encourage the community to support locally-owned businesses during this unprecedented time. Members of the community were able to pre-order their meals through the Chamber and then pick them up curbside. The event served as a way to foster support for local businesses while offering a safe alternative to indoor dining.

The three-course meal included meatloaf and 1863’s famous cinnamon rolls in bread pudding. All meals were packaged carefully by the staff at 1863 Appalachian Bistro and delivered safely to meal buyers by volunteers from the Chamber’s Network Committee. In addition to their meal, diners found thank you notes from 1863, Davis Trust Company, and the Chamber as well as hand sanitizer from Davis Trust. Diners responded on Facebook with comments explaining their meals were “delicious, wonderful, amazing, and awesome!”

The next Distance Socially, Eat Locally event is scheduled for March 24th at Beander’s Restaurant & Tavern. Another three-course meal will be offered for $20 per person. All proceeds go to the restaurant. A third opportunity to support a local restaurant is planned at Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar in April.

To register for your Distance Socially, Eat Locally curbside pick-up, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page or visit www.erccc.com. For more information, contact Lisa Wood, Chamber Executive Director, at lisa.wood@erccc.com or

304-636-2717.

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