Hometown Flavors Buffet to benefit Burrell Area Rotary Club
Variety is on the menu at the Burrell Area Rotary Club's Hometown Flavors Buffet. The event is sure to please the taste buds while raising money for charities the service organization supports.
The strolling buffet from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday will cater to those hungry for a taste of what the area has to offer. The event will take place at VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell. Admission is $15 and $7.50 for age 10 and under.
More than 20 vendors will put their best food forward, offering everything from pizza to pies and from farm favorites to local wines.
Among participants are Around Back Cafe, China Lobster, Giovanni's Pizza and Villa Ballanca.
“Everybody's going to bring something that they're proud of and that's kind of a signature dish for their business,” says Cindy Sakala, past district governor of the Burrell Area Rotary.
“The vendors are a little secretive about what they're bringing in,” she adds, “so I'll be just as surprised as everyone else.”
The event will raise money for the Burrell Area Rotary's charitable efforts such as St. Margaret Mary Church food pantry, Meals on Wheels, Tri-City Life Center, PA Hero Walk, the Hope Center and People's Library. The group also puts money toward the efforts of Rotary International.
“I think it's a win-win for businesses, too,” Sakala says. She notes how the event — which she views as an alternative to fundraisers like spaghetti dinners — will allow local restaurants, caterers and markets to showcase their tasty offerings.
“It's a way to focus on a few signature items and just a way of doing different things,” says David Phillips, who, with his wife, Judi, runs Lower Burrell's Creative Catering and Specialty Foods by Creative Catering.
One of the best reasons to go, Phillips says, is to support charity.
Another is the opportunity to try food from many local establishments.
“People have a really good chance to see what (is offered) without coming to our shop or someone else's,” he says.
The fundraiser is one Sakala imagines will become a signature event for the Burrell Area Rotary. She had seen a comparable event that was successful as a fundraiser and for its entertainment value.
“I attended an event similar to this, and it was well-attended, it was a lot of fun,” she says.
That fun on Sunday will include not only the chance to dig into a delectable selection, but also to participate in giveaways, a 50/50 raffle and musical entertainment by acts like the Saxy Ladies of Burrell High School and an appearance by Kevin Snider, Penn State New Kensington Chancellor and Burrell Area Rotary Club member.
No matter what they are hungry for, those going should be pleased with all that the Hometown Flavors Buffet is serving up.
“They can expect a good time,” Sakala says. “I think they can expect to get their money's worth.”
Julie Martin is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- New Kensington resident looks to transform city
- Turnpike construction worker hurt in fall
- Run As One raises veteran suicide, post-traumatic stress awareness
- Retiring Arnold, Lower Burrell mayors look back with contrasting views
- Eagle egg breaks, parents abandon nest
- Aspinwall searches for new police chief
- Freshman arrested in Burrell High School bomb threat
- Man in New Kensington standoff charged
- Lower Burrell family opens home to old-fashioned Easter egg hunt
- Smaller properties in Alle-Kiski Valley remain attractive to drillers
- Leadership Butler County aims to benefit community with pavilion project