By Stacy Sturm
To coincide with Valentine’s Day, February is national Love Without Fear month. Love is a many splendid thing, but sometimes relationships could go wrong. In 2005, 1,181 women in the United States were murdered by an intimate partner (Bureau of Justice Statistics). That’s an average of three women every day. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006. That’s more than 600 women every day. Approximately 36 North Dakota women and men have died as a result of domestic violence.
One of the ways the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) is choosing to create awareness of this is with their second annual “Love Without Fear Fine Dining Experience”, Friday, February 10, at the Bismarck Municipal Country Club in Bismarck.
There will be seven courses, each paired with a specialty beer donated by McQuade Distributing. Tickets are $50 each, but the AARC guarantees it’s well worth the money. The menu is subject to change, but the menu is tentatively:
1st Course: Chicken & cheese dip on toastettes
2nd Course: Paprikosh soup
3rd Course: Strawberry & red onion salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
4th Course: Mango sorbet with fresh Mint
5th Course: Pork Medallions with caramelized onions and gouda, Blended wild rice, Vegetable medley.
6th Course: Homestyle roast beef, Seasoned smashed potatoes, and Southern Comfort glazed carrots
7th Course: Assorted dessert packet including an apple packet with cinnamon sauce, Mint ganache triangles, Cream cheese filled strawberries with coffee. Menu is subject to change.
There are only 200 tickets available before the event is sold out. Proceeds benefit the Abused Adult Resource Center. Tickets can be purchased at Seeds of Hope, The Abused Adult Resource Center, Lady J’s Catering in the Bismarck Municipal Country Club or at URL Radio (322 E. Broadway). The AARC is also looking for business sponsors for the event to help defray costs, call 751-0838 to get involved with the event.