The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Discover Peoria) and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois are excited to launch their new campaign, the 12 Days of Carry-Out. The campaign will feature 12 local restaurants over the course of 12 days with 20 percent of the proceeds going towards 12 local non-profit organizations.

“Shopping and dining local is investing in your own community, it not only builds economic growth but also strong social connections. This campaign will allow for local restaurants and local non-profits to continue to thrive,” said JD Dalfonso, President/CEO of Discover Peoria. “During these incredibly difficult times, now, more than ever is the time to support our local restaurants.”

During these 12 days, local residents will be encouraged to order carry-out and delivery from a designated local restaurant. Each purchase will automatically donate 20 percent of the funds to the specified non-profit organization of the day.

When ordering from the restaurant, make sure to tell them it’s for #12DaysofCarryOut!

Highlights of the 12 days will include virtual performances from local arts organizations on select nights in December.

On Friday, December 11, order carry-out from Thyme and join the Peoria Ballet with Central Illinois’ favorite holiday tradition, The Nutcracker performed by the Peoria Ballet. Get into the holiday spirit with this festive production made available this year to enjoy safely at home. The perfect way to have a date night while participating in the 12 Days of CarryOut. The Nutcracker has been a community favorite for over 45 years and is a treat for audiences of all ages! The cost to stream the performance is $20 and available at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/peoriaballetnutcracker.

On Saturday, December 12, grab your carry-out from Industry Brewing Company and watch the Corn Stock Theatre production of Curtain Call. It will be an evening of music, dance, poetry, and more! This cabaret-style showcase features over 20 performers, many of whom will be reprising roles previously seen on a Corn Stock stage, as well as some new performers that will be sharing their talents with Corn Stock audiences for the first time. Stream the event online at www.cornstocktickets.com. The cost is $20-$25.

On Saturday, December 19, order carry-out from Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe and then join the special televised performance of the concert A Season of Hope by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. on WTVP Create 47.4. The concert is a multi-faceted jewel shining in many directions, with works by Corelli, Handel, and Bach, along with ancient chants and messages of goodwill, peace, and hope to bring you joy, courage, and comfort into the New Year.

The Full 12 Days of Carry-Out Schedule includes:

Day Date Participating Restaurant Call to Order Non-Profit Benefactor
Thursday 12-10 Cayenne (309) 966-1035 Big Picture Peoria
Friday 12-11 Thyme Craft Kitchen & Bar (309) 713-2619 Peoria Ballet
Saturday 12-12 Industry Brewing (309) 839-2930 Corn Stock Theater
Sunday 12-13 [CxT] Roasting Company (872) 333-2987 ArtsPartners of Central IL
Monday 12-14 Khoury's Cuisine (309) 685-3000 Dream Center Peoria
Tuesday 12-15 Edge by Chef Dustin Allen (309) 692-3343 Neighborhood House
Wednesday 12-16 Dac's Smokehouse (309) 643-1223 Foster Pet Outreach
Thursday 12-17 Barrack's Cater Inn (309) 692-3990 Contemporary Art Center
Friday 12-18 Sugar Wood Fired Bistro (309) 676-0848 ART, Inc
Saturday 12-19 Rhythm Kitchen (309) 676-9668 Peoria Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 12-20 Famous Dave's (309) 691-7427 Wildlife Prairie Park
Monday 12-21 Firehouse Pizza (309) 698-9111 Peoria Area Food Bank

According to the COVID-19 guidelines provided by Governor Pritzker as of Nov. 20, 2020, all participating restaurants are encouraged to follow Tier 3 mitigation guidelines. Masks are recommended when picking up your carry-out orders. Please ask each individual restaurant about their current health and safety protocols as each business operates differently. In addition, guidelines may change during the promotion. For more information on local COVID-19 guidelines, please visit www.restorehoi.com.


For more information about participating restaurants and nonprofit organizations visit www.discoverpeoria.com/blog/post/12-days-of-carry-out.