Whyte Avenue should be filled this Sunday, with strollers looking to sample what the strip’s restaurants have to offer.
How is that different from any other Sunday on Whyte? Well, for $40, you get four hours to walk up and down the street and sample a variety of dishes from more than 16 participating eateries. And the money spent on that all-inclusive dining passport goes to a good cause.
For the second year in a row, Whyte Avenue restaurants and businesses will participate in the Red Shoe Crawl, which raises money for Ronald McDonald House, located just a few blocks south of Whyte.
In 2011, the recently expanded house accommodated 839 out-of-town families of sick kids who need treatment at Edmonton hospitals. It provides accommodation, meals and support for families of kids who need critical care.
At the Red Shoe Crawl you buy a passport for $40 (or $100 for a family of two adults or two kids), which can be picked up Sunday between noon and 1 p.m. at McIntyre Park (83 Avenue and 104 Street). Then take that passport to Whyte Ave., present it to each participating restaurant and — voila! — food appears.
Murrieta's is actually preparing three samplers to accomodate vegetarians, said Jessica Moyes, fund development officer for Ronald McDonald House. And, for the 18-plus participants, there's a crawl after-party at the Pourhouse.
But if you can't make it Sunday, don't fret. Last year’s event was so successful that another Red Shoe Crawl was scheduled for Sept. 16 on 124th Street.
Early birds take note: There's an option to buy both passes at once for $75.