Biz Buzz: Local restaurant’s Christmas event will be different due to COVID-19
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Local restaurant kicking off annual Christmas event next month
AMMON – Chick-fil-A in Ammon is kicking off its Christmas celebration next month and you’re invited to be part of it.
Marketing Director Lisa Clark tells EastIdahoNews.com this year’s event will be a little different due to COVID-19. It’s called “A Merry little drive-in moooovie” and is happening Dec. 14 and 15.
“COVID has challenged us to think outside the box this year to keep our staff and community safe while cherishing our guest experience,” Clark writes on the event Facebook page.
The event will be held outside in the parking lot and “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be shown.
“We rented a projector that’s going to be on a 20-foot screen,” says Clark. “The south side of the parking lot where all the new drive-thru lanes are will be blocked off. The drive-thrus will be closed for this private event.”
The north side of the drive-thru will remain open.
There will be two lanes of 10 cars for each showing, which will happen at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days. Dinner will be served along with hot chocolate. There are three dinner options for the event, depending on the size of your party.
The Tree-mendous Date Night meal is for two to three people and includes your choice of three entrees, two medium fries and drinks. Rudolph’s Meal Deal will feed four to five people and comes with your choice of five entrees, three medium fries and drinks. The Whoville Shebang for parties of six or more includes your choice of seven entrees, four medium fries and drinks.
A photo booth with a professional photographer will be available and all the kids will receive a special gift from Santa.
Tickets are required to attend.
“There are only 20 reservations for each time slot available so don’t delay,” she says.
For the last eight years, the restaurant has hosted its “Breakfast with Santa” and “Dinner with Santa” events inside. This will be the first outdoor Christmas event.
“Kids usually came in their Christmas pajamas to (have dinner) and take photos with Santa. They’d get milk and cookies (as they left),” Clark says. “Instead of that, we figured we’d keep families together, watch a cute Christmas movie. You can watch it from your car in your pajamas … and you’ll still get milk and cookies at the end.”
Despite current circumstances, Clark hopes the experience will still be fun for customers and she’s inviting you to purchase tickets before they sell out.
Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased in-store or over the phone. The deadline to purchase is Monday, Dec. 7.
Visit the Facebook page for more information or call (208) 523-2697.
Organizations launch campaign to ask businesses and individuals to support the Community Food Basket
IDAHO FALLS – COVID-19’s economic impact has doubled the number of families the Idaho Falls Community Food Basket is serving this year and the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and Elevation Labs are rallying to their aide. The organizations are challenging businesses and individuals to donate the cost of one or more lunches to the chamber. Michael Hughes, President and Chief Executive officer of Elevation Labs, volunteered to start this campaign off with a $3,000 donation on behalf of Elevation Labs in hopes that others will join in and help. All donations will be given directly to the Community Food Basket. Businesses can collect donations from their employees and then bring in donations or mail a check to the chamber office. Go to the Chamber’s website to buy “Hope Lunches” online.
Local business hosting annual 5K this Thanksgiving to fight hunger
RIGBY – Rigby Pediatric Dental and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard are teaming up for the fourth annual Turkey Day 5k to fight hunger in the community. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. Nov. 26. Participants will run three laps around Jefferson County Lake. The purpose of the race is to help stock the shelves of The Giving Cupboard, a food pantry in Rigby. The entry fee is five cans of food. EastIdahoNews.com will post a more in-depth story soon.