Taste of the Town a Bridgeville Public Library fundraiser

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Bridgeville's finest cuisine will be featured at the first “Taste of the Town” fundraiser for the Bridgeville Public Library on April 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Bridgeville Fire Hall.

“It's an evening of fellowship, good food, good drink and good music,” said Joyce Heinrich, the library's fundraising coordinator.

This is the first year that the library has done a major fundraiser, Heinrich said, and they are hoping to raise $20,000 to help pay for some of the large mortgage on the building, which was constructed just two years ago.

The former library was in a quaint old train station but a new, more modern space was built in 2011.

“We're looking to attract people who don't really know our library,” Heinrich said. “It's so unique that once you get there, you kind of fall in love with it.”

The evening will include tastings from restaurants all over Bridgeville like Batter & Dough Bakery, Bubba's, Burgh's Pizza & wings, Calabria's of Frosty Valley, Country Style Pizza, Cucina Bella, Piccolina's, Portman's, Shelby's Station and Two Brothers Bar-B-Q.

Participants can choose to taste all of the food available or can choose to pile up a plate from their favorite restaurant.

The fee of $50 per ticket pays for the cost of food and beer, wine or an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages.

To compliment their meals, residents will chow down to the tunes of Savoy Truffle, a Beatles tribute band composed of local musicians.

While the library receives some money from the Grace and Bill McDivitt Living Trust each year, its success is primarily dependent on the support and care of local donors and volunteers.

Michele Owens, who owns Shelby's Station along with Kevin Daugherty, is hoping the event will attract newcomers and produce hype for this restaurant that only started about a year and a half ago.

“We're all about giving to the community,” she said. “We hope and hope that the community will give back to us as we're still sort of a new business.”

Shelby's Station is famous for their Philly Steak subs and chicken wings but they'll be showcasing their award winning chili and wedding soup at the Taste of the Town.

All of the proceeds will be going to the Bridgeville Public Library. Tickets can be purchased at the library. For more information on this and upcoming events, call 412-221-3737.

Heinrich hopes the community will attend and show support for the library and what it offers while also having a fun night out.

“We're really trying to develop the library to be a community center for Bridgeville,” she said.

Matthew DeFusco is a reporter with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2311 or mdefusco@tribweb.com.

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