A Cherokee County restaurant will team up with a trail advocacy organization to raise money to expand mountain biking opportunities in the city.
Freight Kitchen & Tap will partner with Woodstock's Greenprints Alliance for the second-annual Greenprints Beer Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. March 13 at Freight, located at 251 East Main Street in downtown Woodstock.
The five-course dinner will have craft beer pairings and will feature guest chef Kyle Shankman of Sur La Table and Chef Robert Morneweck of Freight and Table 33. The event will benefit the Woodstock chapter of the Southern Off-Road Biking Association, or SORBA.
Seats are $100 per person, with roughly $50 going towards SORBA. Reservations are required to participate in the event and can be made by calling the restaurant at (770) 924-0144.
Neel Sengupta said the restaurant has only 24 seats available and is expected to sell out, as it did last year.
"We felt, for a variety of reasons, compelled to partner with them on their fundraising efforts because the nature of what they are doing is very much near and dear to our hearts," Sengupta said of why the restaurant wanted to host the fundraiser again.
The restaurant, which has 24 seats available for this year's fundraiser, also sold out last year and raised $1,000 for SORBA Woodstock. Sengupta said he wants to see the fundraiser haul in $1,500 this year.
Sengupta added the event will be perfect for those who appreciate food that's prepared with local ingredients.
"The people who appreciate the efforts of Greenprints...are the same type of people that my business is really seeking to align itself with," he added.
A nonprofit organization, Greenprints Alliance was created to raise money to help implement the city of Woodstock's Greenprints Trails initiative. The initiative seeks to build miles of multi-use trails throughout the city.
SORBA Woodstock is an all-volunteer organization that promotes the usage of mountain biking trails throughout Cherokee County.
They also regularly maintain Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails off Sixes Road near Holly Springs and the Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails at Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock.
Jay Wilkes, president of SORBA Woodstock, said the money will go towards the organization's efforts to build the Fierce Trail at the Taylor Randahl trails.
The group currently has about 9.5 miles of mountain biking trails at the park, and the Fierce Trail would add another 5 to 6 miles on the north side of Little River.
The total cost of construction for the trail is $120,000, and Wilkes said they've raised $80,000 so far. The $120,000 would also pay for a trail building company to do the construction in roughly six to eight months.
Wilkes said he believes the event will give residents an opportunity to experience what makes Freight unique in downtown Woodstock.
"Neel runs a great restaurant," he said. "He pays attention to food quality and has the best local selection of craft beers around. Combine it with the great historical building it is and you have a must-visit place. This event is a great way to experience Freight and support your local community trails."