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Dine out: Everyone is invited to Fruita’s first Progressive Dinner Thursday, March 27

Brittany Markert
Hot Tomato is providing the appetizer portion for the progressive dinner on Thursday, March 27, in Fruita, Colo.
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WHAT: Progressive Dinner

WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 5-7:15 p.m.

WHERE: Hot Tomato, Pablo’s Pizza in Fruita, End Zone Sports Bar, and No Coast Sushi Fruita

COST: $25 per person

INFO: 970-858-3894

Dinner doesn’t have to be eaten at home, or even at one destination.

For the first time ever, Fruita Chamber of Commerce and area restaurants will host their very own progressive dinner to benefit the Fruita Fall Festival’s centennial year, this year landing on Sept. 26-28.

On Thursday, March 27, four restaurants around Fruita will play host to a roving crowd.

“I think it will be a riot,” Fruita Chamber of Commerce’s special projects coordinator Robbie Urquhart said.

Fruita has never done anything like this before, Urquhart added, so it will be one of many firsts, but most certainly not the last of these progressive dinners.

“I hope to involve every restaurant next time,” she said. “Four really good restaurants with really good food are donating meals for the dinner.”

Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria will host an appetizer, Pablo’s Pizza will provide a salad and soup, End Zone Sports Bar will offer the main course — spaghetti — and No Coast Sushi Fruita will provide the dessert along with a sample of sake to pair.

According to No Coast Sushi community relations coordinator Vanessa Gross, No Coast Sushi Fruita, the newest eatery in town that opened in February, is very excited to be a part of this event.

“This is the first chamber event we are a part of, and hope to do many more,” Gross said.

Those who attend are not required to start with the appetizer portion of the dinner. Attendees may even start with the dessert portion of the evening.

“I know I am going to,” Urquhart said.

As part of the progressive dinner and in conjunction with monthly chamber events, each person attending the dinner will be handed four playing cards. Be sure to keep the cards for the Show Your Hand Poker Run at Copper Club Brewing Company in Fruita on July 25.

Tickets for the progressive dinner are $25 per person, which covers the food provided. Tips and drinks are not included in the ticket price. Reservations are required at No Coast Sushi Fruita by calling 970-639-8271.

As part of the progressive dinner, there are four time slots available at each restaurant — 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:15 p.m. Participants must remember to move on from their current position every 45 minutes to be at their desired next portion of the meal.

Proceeds will benefit the Fruita Fall Festival “to keep going for another 100 years,” Urquhart said.


Thursday’s progressive dinner, along with other events held each month, are meant to build excitement for the Fruita Fall Festival centennial event in September. The monthly activities were inspired by the Colorado National Monument’s centennial celebration they held in 2011.

Fruita will also be shaking a few activities up for the festival.

“It will be a fun fall festival this year,” Urquhart said. “Instead of a bed race, we will be having a portable toilet race, a disc-golf tournament, and a 5K run.”

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