It’s a win-win situation: Buy a ticket to Savor Syracuse on Thursday (April 28) and you A) graze for two and a half hours on a gourmet buffet of sample-size servings and B) support the mission and programs of the Food Bank of Central New York.
Win-win! Here’s a run-down.
The food: Tasting stations showcase some of Central New York’s most interesting restaurants, including Zabroso (Spanish-Latin American cuisine), Kabuki (sushi/Japanese) and Mai Lan (Vietnamese). Newcomers this year include Francesca’s Cucina and Peppino’s Restaurant and Catering.
Several CNY-based food producers will also be offering samples, including C’s Cheese (cheese balls) and Ramona’s Dressings.
The beverages: A selection of Finger Lakes wineries will be offering pours (Heron Hill, Fulkerson, Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars and others, etc.) as will brewers like F.X. Matt (Saranac) and Ithaca Beer Co. Need a little pick-me-up? Sample some Paul de Lima and Starbucks coffee.
The chefs challenge: A panel of top chefs representing participating restaurants will try their creations on a panel of judges (myself included), who will decide a favorite. The winner takes home a flat-screen TV.
The details: Savor Syracuse takes place 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn, Electronics Parkway, Liverpool. Tickets cost $70 (a portion is tax-deductible) and can be purchased online in advance or at the door.
The cause: Last year’s Savor Syracuse raised more than $54,000, according to the Food Bank of Central New York. When you buy a ticket, it helps the food bank work toward its goal of eliminating hunger in Central and Northern New York. With so many people unemployed and under-employed, hunger is a very real problem in our communities, with some people having to choose between paying bills or buying food for their families.
Please consider helping the food bank by attending Savor Syracuse, making a financial contribution or donating your time as a volunteer. Learn more here.