TIPP CITY — Picnic tables adorned with checkerboard tablecloths lined Main Street on Friday evening as Downtown Tipp City put on its annual Progressive Dinner as part of the organization’s First Friday event series.
Participants recieved a map of the downtown shopping district with higlighted establishments along Main Street offering special samples of delicious favorites from their menu.
This marked the third year for the Progressive Dinner, but the first year that two blocks of Main street were shut down with tables placed down the middle.
“We don’t have an event other than this one that highlights the restaurants,” said Downtown Tipp City Executive Director Heather Dorsten. “This event really features the food options that we have here in town. That’s really the special quality about the event — that it’s something completely different from everything we offer each year. The restaurants tend to switch up what they have each year, which is really nice as well.”
Eight downtown establishments offered menu items for the dinner, including Bodega Wine and Specialty Restaurant, Golden Leaf Tea Room, Grounds for Pleasure Coffeehouse, Harrison’s Restaurant, Mantia’s Italia, Sam & Ethel’s, Scratch Bakery, and Tippecanoe Eagles Lodge.
Items offered to ticketholders included meatloaf with mashed potatoes ad green beans, artisanal flatbreads, apple pie, blackberry-peach scones, chicken salad on a pretzel bun, penne pasta with pomodoro sauce, paleo chili, mini cupcakes, wine samples, and an assortment of teas and coffees.
Pre-registration attracted over 100 participants, with 100 more tickets available for walk-ups.
Dorsten emphasized the event “just provides everyone the opportunity to get to know our restaurants and have a relaxing outdoor picnic together.”
The organization’s next scheduled events include a downtown merchant trick-or-treat and scavenger hunt, followed by the annual Harvest Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 20.
For more information on upcoming events, visit www.downtowntippcity.org.