Tryon olive oil shop going to the dogs on Saturday

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, November 6, 2018

To celebrate her birthday, Jessica Phillips, manager of Tryon’s A Taste of Olives & Grapes, will throw a benefit party for the dogs of the Foothills Humane Society, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Tryon Depot, 22 Depot St., Tryon.

With an advance ticket for The Happy Mutt Benefit Party, a partier can feast on a hot and cold buffet that includes oil and vinegar delights prepared by Phillips, and other dishes donated by local restaurants.

Entertainment and activities include Daniel Keller, jazz guitarist/music teacher; veterinarian Iain Fitch, with Native American flutes; happy shelter mutts to pet; a “Goin’ to the Dogs” silent auction; and a “restaurant raffle.”

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Tickets are now on sale at A Taste of Olives & Grapes, 10 N. Trade St., Tryon. Those interested in learning more may call 828-859-0212 or visit

Dogs approved for adoption at the party or at the shelter on Saturday, with a mention of the party, can go home for a special “Happy Mutt” adoption fee that includes a spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, socialization and the guarantee that pets can be taken back if the adoption does not work out. Also during the party, down the hill at the store, there will be a “Happy Mutts” 15 percent discount.

– Submitted by Vince Verrecchio