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Dining event: Dishcrawl comes to Tacoma, but there’s a catch

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Aug. 13, 2013 at 9:25 am | No Comments »
August 13, 2013 9:25 am

Dishcrawl hit Olympia earlier this year and now Tacoma has its own organizer for the nationwide group known for putting together restaurant tours. Kathryn Neely is a recent South Carolina transplant who moved to Bremerton and has just started taking note of Tacoma’s restaurant scene. Her first Dishcrawl Tacoma tour on Aug. 20 intends to introduce food lovers to four downtown Tacoma restaurants.

The catch? You won’t know the restaurants until you get there, which is how most Dishcrawl events are organized. The $45 pricetag gives me a bit of a pause, knowing the restaurants will remain a mystery until the event. The budget watcher in me wants to know what I’m eating and where I’m eating for a pricetag that easily could buy me a multi-course meal at a sure bet restaurant like Pacific Grill. Neely noted that her events are geared toward diners who appreciate the element of surprise, as well as diners who aren’t necessarily familiar with downtown’s offerings, and diners will visit four restaurants and be well fed at each stop. Fair enough. That’s $11.25 a restaurant, I guess. Not a bad deal if you are fed something more than an amuse-bouche at each stop. Diners: I want to hear from you afterward. Was it a fair deal?

Neely said she will announce the first restaurant location Aug. 18. That restaurant will serve as the meeting point and the walking tour of Pacific Avenue restaurants will commence from there.

If you attend the event, will you wind up in some sort of timeshare level sales pitch to buy discount coupons at restaurants? That’s an unfortunate ploy I’ve heard grumblings about in other parts of the country, but Neely stated multiple times that there are no sales pitches presented at Dishcrawl events. Looking out for you, diners.

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