Community Connection Benefit Thursday at Aptos restaurant Bittersweet Bistro

Wood-fired pizza from Bittersweet Bistro

Aptos restaurant Bittersweet Bistro is holding a benefit Thursday, March 29 for local non-profit organization Community Connection.

Community Connection
has named its event “Menu for Success” and invites you to attend. You can succeed in making a difference in people’s lives. The bar opens at 3pm, and dinner will be served from 5:30-9pm. Please let your server know that you are there to support Community Connection, and 33% of your bill will go directly to this very worthy organization. There will also be a raffle with more than 30 great prizes at the event and tickets are only $2. Featured prizes are restaurant gift certificates to Cafe Cruz, Dharma’s, Pacific Thai, and Linda’s Seabreeze Cafe, plus items from Starbucks, The Garden Company, and more. The grand prize is a one-night stay at Eureka Street Inn in Sutter Creek.

Community Connection assists and supports adults with psychiatric disabilities and their families in achieving greater independence and an improved quality of life as members of the community. Community Connection co-director Connie Tanner shares her agency’s philosophy: “We believe that everyone that walks through our doors has skills, abilities, and gifts. Our job is to help them uncover those skills and abilities, and support them as they re-enter the workforce.”

As a mental health program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, Community Connection operates programs that provide pre-employment, employment education, community integration, and peer support services. Unable to attend on Thursday, but interested in supporting the non-profit? Donate online.

Bittersweet Bistro
is owned and operated by Thomas and Elizabeth Vinolus. Thomas is also the chef, and a graduate of New York’s prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Committed to providing diners with top-quality cuisine, he selects fresh seafood daily and purchases organic produce at local farmers markets. The menu is broad, featuring items like burgers, sandwiches, wood-fired pizza, and salads (Fire Roasted Mission Fig Salad, for one) plus pasta (think seafood puttanesca and pasta primavera), barbecued ribs, and rotisserie chicken. Entrée specials rotate and include steak and seafood options like Gorgonzola Cabernet New York Steak and Strawberry Chipotle Glazed Salmon. Bittersweet Bistro’s wine list offers over 250 wines from across the globe, including many top vintages from California.

Call (831) 662-9799 for reservations, and mention that you will be dining for Community Connection. Location: 787 Rio Del Mar Boulevard, Aptos 95003.

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