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Seven downtown Alton restaurants have contributed their signature recipes to produce a cookbook, with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations.


Orders must be placed by the deadline of Monday, Dec. 7, and the cookbooks will be available for pickup at any participating restaurant of the buyer’s choosing starting Friday, Dec. 18. Orders can be placed by visiting


“This is a wonderful idea for the perfect unique holiday gift,” said Sara McGibany, executive director of project beneficiary Alton Main Street. “We truly appreciate the generosity of the participating restaurants.”


The owners of Germania Brew Haus brought the concept to life and are coordinating the effort with fellow participants: Bossanova Martini Lounge and Restaurant, The Brown Bag Bistro, LuciAnna's Pastries, The Old Bakery Beer Company, Post Commons, and State Street Market of Alton.


"Giving back to the community is important to the Germania Brew Haus family, so we have recently launched a scholarship program for Lewis and Clark students at our Godfrey location and are spearheading this cookbook project at our Alton location," owner Jared Brynildsen said. "We appreciate our fellow restaurateurs who are willing to share their recipes to benefit local nonprofits in this time of great need."



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