Morris East offer prix-fixe lunch, running and wine club

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Starting Friday, Morris East (5212 Morris Street, 444-7663) is introducing a new Lunch prix-fixe menu---two courses for $14, reports owner and pizza expert Jennie Dobbs. This includes a half-pizza with a local organic green salad and a salted caramel tartlette for dessert. You can add a mocktail, such as the Cherry Thyme Bomb---housemade black cherry and thyme cordial shaken with pineapple juice---for $3, or a real cocktail for $6, which can be substituted for a glass of house red or white.

Also starting up in June is a running club. "Actually, it's a wine club with a running problem," explains Dobbs. "There are two criteria to join the club. One: You must love good food and wine. Two: You must love running."

On Tuesday evenings in June, club members will meet at Morris East for a 5k run along the waterfront. After the run, members will enjoy a good bottle of wine selected by the wine and beverage director who will provide tasting notes and a pizza. Cost is $20, including the run, pizza and wine. You can register at morriseast.com or sign up the next time you're at the resto for lunch or dinner.

"I'm about to eat my 1000th pizza this month which I believe is the secret to helping me achieve a new personal best of sub-one hour-48-minutes for the Bluenose Half-Marathon in a few weeks," says Dobbs. "Morris East pizza is the perfect food for runners."

One more tip regarding Morris East. Dobbs has started recipe-testing calzones. They'll be finalized for the summer menu on June 14.

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