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Yet another local food dining spot

Restaurants specializing in local foods are booming on Bainbridge. Two opened last month and a third is set to open this month.

While writing THIS story about the three restaurants, I checked in with chef Jeffrey McClelland, who cooks for the Harbour Public House and Pegasus Coffee. While both Waite family-owned dining spots don’t market themselves as local food specialists, the pub and Pegasus have had a growing commitment to meat and produce sourced close to home.

McClelland is planning a monthly showcase of local food he calls the “Locavore’s Dinner.” Hosted at Pegasus, the multi-course meal will be served family style and come at a base price of $60 or $85 with wine.

“I think a major reason we’re doing this is that it helps the local economy,” McClelland said.

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Downtown association wins state award for “buy local” campaign

A Bainbridge Island Downtown Association campaign encouraging islanders to buy from local merchants was recently recognized for an “outstanding achievement in promotion” by a state trade organization.

BIDA’s recent “Think Bainbridge/Buy Local” campaign was among eight projects honored by the Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development at an annual training event late last month.

The campaign featured an array of marketing materials, including magnets, window signs, t-shirts and a series of 10 posters promoting the economic impacts of shopping locally. The campaign was linked to Christmas and Valentine’s Day shopping promotions to encourage local spending during gift-giving holidays.

“The buy local campaign capitalizes on (residents’) values of sustainability and independence and speaks to the importance of unique local businesses as part of Bainbridge Island’s economy, culture and social fabric,” BIDA Executive Director Ashley Armstrong said in a statement. “It has also helped strengthen local businesses, preserve jobs and keep dollars circulating in the community.”