Dining to Make a Difference Returns to Long Beach Peninsula

By Ann Powers | Monday, December 31, 2018

Witnessing the North Coast’s commitment to community can make your eyes grow mistier than the Pacific Northwest shoreline on an early winter morn. Lately I’ve been getting all misty-eyed over the return of Restaurant Month-Dining to Make a Difference on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula (LBP) to benefit the local Boys & Girls Club.

Photo Credits to Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau

A dish from a participating DMD Long Beach Peninsula restaurant. Here’s how it works: Participating eateries in Long Beach, Ilwaco and Seaview are offering three-course meals for just $33, Sundays through Thursdays, throughout January. Just mention promo code DMD2019 at 42nd Street Café & Bistro, The Depot Restaurant, Galletti’s Spaghetti House, Lost Roo, Pickled Fish, Salt Pub & Grub or The Pub at Shelburne Hotel and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula.

Local lodgings are in on it too. Use the same promo code, Sunday through Thursday, when checking in at Adrift Hotel & Spa, Boreas Inn, China Beach Retreat, Enchanted Cottages, Inn at Discovery Coast, Mermaid Inn, Salt Hotel, Shelburne Hotel or Sou’wester Lodge, and they too will donate 10 percent to the Boys & Girls Club. The Adrift, Inn at Discovery Coast and Shelburne Hotel are even offering a special Boys & Girls Club package.

So why am I gushing over this? The Long Beach Peninsula is a small community which relies heavily on tourism revenue. That means a lot of parents and guardians work in the hospitality industry at restaurants, hotels, bars and other vacation destination venues. The Boys & Girls Club is the only after-school program in the area with fun activities including sports, arts and crafts, junior explorers, homework help, a hot meal and much more.

Membership to the Boys & Girls Club is just $25 for the year and additional funding is supplemented through corporate and community support, such as Dining to Make a Difference.  Last year the month-long fundraiser raised $800 for the Boys & Girls Club. Event organizers are hoping to raise more for the 2019 event and make it an annual tradition.

Think about it: $25 a year for a child to join. With so many offerings and services, the Boys & Girls Club is a fantastic bang for your buck in regards of taking care of children after school. 

Tiffany Turner owns several local hotels and restaurants. She was also one of the LBP Boys & Girls Club founders and remains on the board today. She says about 25 percent of her staff relies on the program as an affordable, fun and safe place for their children to go while they’re working. 

Around 200 Peninsula youth are involved in the local Boys & Girls Club. Tiffany says the Club is critical in providing many kids with a supervised, safe and nurturing environment when they may not have one otherwise. 

Can you get a wonderful three-course meal for $33, stay in a wonderful place, help our wonderful young people thrive and give their parents and guardians some peace of mind knowing their little ones are in a safe and happy place while they're at work anywhere else? No where comes to my mind. The restaurants and accommodations involved in the promotion are going all out for this, emphasizing thoughtfulness and community spirit. Check out the menus and lodging specials they’ve put together here, and you’ll see what I mean.

But there’s more. Nancy Gorshe, manager of The Depot restaurant, says Dining to Make a Difference is also a way to say thanks to the locals. Locals tend to shy away from eating at their favorite spots during heavy tourism times. It’s just too hectic. During the off-season, like now, it’s nice to offer special prices and great deals to year-round residents. It gives them a little extra TLC when things have quieted down after the holidays. (For a taste of what you can expect from Restaurant Month, The Depot's Restaurant Month menu includes an artichoke Frito appetizer, cinghiale brasato or clams bucatini or gnocchi Pomodor for entrees, and either caramel brownie a la mode or housemade sorbet duo for dessert.)

What’s also nice is there are enough eateries and lodgings participating in Dining to Make a Difference to visit different places each week throughout January, which is usually a slow time for our neighbors making their livelihood in the hospitality business. Let's send a little TLC their way as well. After all, why does the generous spirit of the Giving Season have to end with Christmas?

Dining to Make a Difference is a big win for everybody. For more details, go here or call 360-642-2400.  If you need some help with destination information and trip planning, give the friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau a call, 360-642-2400, or go to visitlongbeachpeninsula.com. To learn more about each day's happenings around the North Coast, don't forget to check out our Daytime Events and Nightlife pages. 

About the Author Ann Powers
Ann Powers is a reporter and writer who has lived and worked on the Oregon Coast. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and currently working on her master's degree in multimedia journalism at the University of Oregon's Portland campus. Originally from Wisconsin, she now calls Oregon home, describing it as, "the Midwest of the Pacific Northwest," due to its dairy-state status, beautiful environment and friendly people.