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Originally published: 2014-04-21 11:19:02
Last modified: 2014-04-22 16:01:06

Inaugural 'Fork It Over, Food for Funds' June 5

by Sherrie Norris

It's a new day for food around the High Country, as evidenced by an inaugural tasting event scheduled for June 5.

The group of local restaurateurs and community activists who founded Celebrity Serve nearly a decade ago has decided to take its fundraiser to a new level for 2014.

Choosing to switch out the one-day multi-location celebration featuring noted personalities as servers, the Celebrity Serve committee, headed up Jack Pepper, will be hosting the inaugural "Fork it Over, Food for Funds" on June 5.  

Fork it Over will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the fifth floor of the athletics center at Kidd Brewer Stadium on the Appalachian State University campus.

Ticket holders will have the opportunity to sample food from many of the High Country's popular local restaurants, including Bandana's, Makoto's, Pepper's and others to be announced. 

 "Fork it Over, Food for Funds" is a new opportunity for local restaurants to showcase their specialties -- and all for a good cause, according to organizers.  

Celebrity Serve has raised more than $170,000 for various organizations since its first event for Hospice of Watauga County. 

From the beginning, it has been the mission of the committee to support those organizations that enhance the quality of life for the High Country community in general --  and it's something it hopes to continue, officials said. 

Co-hosted by Boone Independent Restaurants, proceeds from the 2014 event will benefit numerous programs and partnerships through the High Country United Way.  

Ticket information and availability will be announced soon.