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Hamburg Bites: a progressive dinner

A progressive dinner, or what is known in the United Kingdom as a “safari supper,” is a food trend that revolves around food and travel. The Hamburg Bites progressive dinner, sponsored by the Hamburg Village Business Advisory Council, will be held from 5 – 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.

This is how it works:

HAMBURG — A customer purchases a ticket, which comes with a booklet containing a menu for the evening. The ticket comes with vouchers: one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert and one drink voucher, which may be used at the 11 participating Hamburg Bites restaurants. The drink voucher is good for any restaurant or at Ten Thousand Vines, for a flight of its wine.

This is a semiannual event; Hamburg usually hosts one in May and one in October. This year’s will mark the fifth such occurrence.

The largest Hamburg Bites dinner was held in the spring of 2013; 225 tickets were sold.

The idea originated with Denise Fenton from Main Street Ice Cream and Zenia Barrett from Comfort Zone Cafe.

“It’s a group effort,” said Barrett, dubbed daughter-in-chief by her mother and owner of the cafe, Cindy Barrett. “We try to keep it [fall themed]. We’re doing a golden sunset soup, pumpkin and coconut. We do try to make sure that we have vegetarian options, as well as gluten-free options.”

Zenia Barrett said that people voiced concerns about being unable to attend on time, since the event begins at 5 p.m. when most work days come to a close.

“You can start whenever,” she said. “Go at your own pace. You can start at 8 p.m., if you want; it’s a very flexible and fun night out on the town.”

For more information, visit the event on Facebook at or call the Comfort Zone Cafe at 648-5779.

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