Appetite for Arts

Has the extended winter weather gotten you down?

Do you need a pick-me-up?

Has it been a while since you and your partner had a “date night” ?

The Second Annual International Appetite for the Arts on Saturday, April 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Allegheny Community Center (42 Clark St.) is the solution!

Local restaurants will showcase their special ethnic cuisine and local cooks will display their home-cooking skills while assisting two local community groups.

The Allegheny Center for the Arts (ACA) at 217 Liberty and the Allegheny Community Center (ACC) are once again collaborating on this fundraiser sponsored, in part, by Whirley DrinkWorks, WACOPSE Federal Credit Union, Dave Calvert & Associates, United Refining Co. (Kwik Fill), Snap Fitness and Howe’s Tru Value.

Dan Ristau, Jose’ Saruff, Juliette Enfield, Pat Strickland and Commissioner John Eggleston are the judges who will determine best hors d’oeuvre, best main course, best dessert and best dish of the year from the entries. WACOPSE Federal Credit Union 117 PA Avenue West has donated a cash prize for the best dish of the year. Judging will take place at 4 p.m. at the 42 Clark St. facility and prizes will be presented later in the evening.

The public is invited to sample the array of dishes from 5 to 8 p.m. and vote on the people’s choice food award with a cooking related prize from Howe’s True Value. Kinzua Dam Beer will return for beer tasting and Allegheny Cellars wine samples will complement the foods of many nations.

Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door. They may be obtained at Watt Office and Design 217 Liberty Street, Authors Books and Music 227 Liberty, Ring around a Rosy at Third and Liberty and at the Allegheny Community Center on Clark Street. Or, call 723-1347.

In addition, an Art Show and Sale will take place with Donna Nelson and Mark Davis as co-chairs. Contact 723-1347 for a free art entry form. Attendees will vote on their favorite work of artistry with the top three vote-getters announced at the end of the evening, receiving art supplies from Watt Office and Design and discount certificates from Trevor Snook at Picture Place 217 Liberty.

Entertainment from around the region, coordinated by Elissa Davis, will be ongoing throughout the Allegheny Community Center. Flutist Garry Campbell, Svenka Spelman Swedish musicians, young fiddler Aubrey Pearson and the ACA ukulele guild “Hula” are some of the featured performers.

A silent Auction will offer over a dozen items from generous, local donors including a 3ft. X 3 ft. quilted wallhanging from Lynn Rossey, a 3 month free Culligan cooler bottle rental from John Villella, Ellen Paquette’s print of Sr. Rico and a canoe trip from Allegheny Outfitters.

This joint effort will help Allegheny Center for the Arts (ACA) continue to offer an array of six-week courses for children and adults, including photography, youth art, adult figure drawing, ukulele, guitar, acting, and more. And it will promote Allegheny Community Center (ACC) and its offerings of classes, activities, trips, etc. for persons 50 years and above.

Come see the ACC at 42 Clark Street and what it has to offer the community, savor the delicacies of many countries, view the artistic works and musical talents of ACA students and teachers at the second annual International Appetite for the Arts 2013 Saturday, April 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit www.alleghenycenterforthearts.com for more information.