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Coco’s Bistro serving up Sunday brunch with a side of arts this month

Coco’s Bistro has put on “Savor your Sunday” brunches benefiting Stivers School for the Arts in February for 11 years.

It’s one of the only times during the year that the restaurant is open for brunch.

The special brunch dates are a way to celebrate art, food, education, community and the opportunity to give back according to co-owners Karen Wick-Gagnet and Jim Gagnet.

The event has grown over the years starting with a $5,000 donation. This year the goal is $15,000.

The first brunch on Feb. 5 featured The Stivers Jazz Group.

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Scheduled performances are: Feb. 12 featuring The Stivers Strings; Feb. 19, The Stivers Chamber Choir; Feb. 26 Stivers Concert Pianists. Additionally, each week will feature creative writers performing some spoken word.

For the first year ever the painting created by Stivers visual artists during a live performance piece will be auctioned off via silent auction.

“Our community loves this event and the opportunities to support Stivers. Reservations are brisk but space is available,” says Wick-Gagnet.

Some of the most popular items include filet and eggs with Chef’s house demi and chicken and waffles with Ohio maple syrup.

The popular brunches sell-out quickly bringing in 150-200 people per brunch, for a total of about 800 meals served. Getting a reservation in early is key.

The cost is $30 per person with $15 donated back to Stivers.

Bloody Mary’s and mimosas are $5 each.

“The Stivers model is truly amazing and an asset to the Dayton community. The foundation for any good community is the public school system, and we believe firmly that education is not a privilege but a right. This is one way we choose to give back because we love Stivers and what it represents,” said Wick-Gagnet. “(It’s) good food in a lovely environment prepared with good intention.”

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